Modified line up still finds way to victory lane

From left, Dillon Pikes, Javonte Howard, Mike Shields and Devonte Rice take the court against Bolton. Photo by Ethan Smith

Lakeview 62/Bolton 45

With the majority of Lakeview’s team unable to play, they went into their matchup against Bolton Tuesday, Jan. 5 with four regular rotation players, one whom has played about five minutes all season and three who haven’t even been on the varsity roster. The odds were definitely against the Gators in this one.

The game started off with a free throw by C.J Jones to mark the first points. Bolton then got a second chance bucket, followed by a three. Jones made three of his own, which Bolton countered with a three. Mike Shields made his first three of the game, followed by a Javonte Howard layup. Lakeview used the majority of the first half to kill the clock. With their lack of star power, Coach Brian Williams knew his players were going to need their energy in the second half, so there was no need to waste it in the first.

Lakeview led at the end of the first quarter 9-8. Lakeview turned up the pressure a little bit in the second. The first bucket came from a steal and fast break by Jones. Bolton countered with a three to tie, and a layup to take the lead. Howard got inside again and hit a tough layup. On the next Gator possession, as Coach Williams prepared his to team to spread out and kill clock, Shields felt pretty confident to say the least, pulled up from halfway between the half court and three point line and swished it. Coach wasn’t happy, but hey, it went in. From here it was all Lakeview. The Gators led at the half 27-19 and knew they had it from there.

Howard brought some excitement to the beginning of the second half with a 360 layup right out the gate. Once Lakeview had their double-digit lead, there wasn’t any looking back. Coach Williams figured out a way to win, and his players came through. Lakeview walked away the victors, with a blowout of 62-45.

Jones and Shields both had 17 points in their win, as they helped the sixth ranked Gators to a 12-3 record.