The unbeaten Bulldogs jumped out to a 24-6 lead and were never threatened.
By DOUG CHAPIN
CORTLAND -- A four-overtime junior varsity game followed by a parents night recognition ceremony made for a long night of basketball Friday at Lakeview High School.
But the undefeated Bulldogs made short work of Trumbull Athletic Conference opponent LaBrae, bolting to a 24-6 lead on the way to a 67-51 triumph.
"That was a great start for Lakeview basketball," Bulldogs coach Larry Herrholtz said. "Coach [Gregg] Isler always has his team ready, so that was a great start against a tough, scrappy team.
"Our objective every game is to set the tone at the defensive end first and let the offense come from the defense."
Brent McCullough scored 16 points for Lakeview (18-0, 14-0 TAC) to lead the always-balanced attack. The junior forward was 6-of-6 from the field. Matt Nero followed with 13 points and Mike Olesh added nine. Kevin Rigby dished out five assists.
Hot shooting night
The Bulldogs shot 56 percent (25-of-45) from the field and held a 28-14 rebounding edge.
Lakeview's opening spurt covered the first quarter and the first minute of the second period. Six different players scored during the run, led by Nero with eight points. All six of Rigby's points on the night came during the opening stretch.
LaBrae (7-10, 6-7) never got closer than 12 the rest of the way. Lakeview's largest lead was 23 on two occasions in the third quarter.
The Vikings were led by Todd Rowan with 16 points, Danny Hartman with nine points and six steals, Brett Briscoe with eight points and six rebounds and Mat Frederick with eight points and three assists.
Herrholtz and the Bulldogs continue to focus on the next game, in this case Tuesday against Brookfield. Lakeview closes its season Friday at Newton Falls, which has just one league loss.
"We know what's going on around us, our students and our fans are talking about an undefeated season, but we are focused on what we have to do," Herrholtz said. "We can't afford to look ahead. The TAC-8 is just too good a league to do that."
Herrholtz said his varsity players weren't distracted by the delayed start, even though the varsity game did not begin until after 8:30.
"Our guys were the biggest fans of the JV game, they wanted to go sit in the stands in the student section and cheer for the jayvees," Herrholtz said.
Lakeview won the JV contest 44-43.