To break the streak, Lakeview sophomore Tre Gober used a streak of his own to top region rival Providence Christian.
Gober scored 10 unanswered points between the third and fourth quarters to help the Lions (5-1, 2-0 Region 8-A) break the Storm’s five-game win streak in a 67-59 home victory.
The guard scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to pull away and hold off Providence Christian (6-2, 1-1), which put up 21 points during a scrappy fourth-quarter revival.
“It was a great feeling,” Gober said after the game. “We just picked it up at the right time, played good defense and got it done when we needed to.”
With the teams tied 30-all at halftime, Gober finally got into his groove. With two minutes left in the third, he picked off Storm senior Drew Kindig in mid-stride and took it the other way to cap off a 11-0 hot streak that lasted for more than five minutes of game time and involved three Lion players.
Lakeview led by eight to enter the fourth, where Gober hit each of his five shots from the field to ice the win. The Lions are now riding a three-game win streak heading into tonight’s region matchup at Prince Avenue Christian in Athens.
“They played hard and made the plays that they had to make,” said Lions coach Todd Cottrell. “Tre’s a really fantastic basketball player. He’s so young and he’s one of the best players I’ve gotten to coach, so it’s good to see good things happen to him.”
Freshman guard Drew Cottrell’s unopposed trey halfway through the second quarter set up a commanding 30-20 Lakeview lead. His step-back effort began an 11-0 run that included back-to-back layups from senior Jaden Reid (6 points).
But the Storm cut through a 10-point lead through five free throws and a timely hoop by junior Bobby Rodgers (8 points) to tie the game at halftime.
Senior power forward Nicholas Allen led Providence Christian with 18 points, including 15 in the first half.
“Providence is really good,” Cottrell said. “They had (Allen) scoring a lot. I know we’ve got to clean up a lot of stuff ourselves.”
A 3-pointer by Tae Turner (13 points) shifted momentum squarely toward Lakeview early in the third, who got to watch as Gober finished off his steal before sinking three free throws for a narrow lead heading into the fourth.
From then, the sophomore showed no sign of letting up. He opened the final quarter with two fast break layups to give Lakeview a 51-42 lead and some much-needed momentum.
Senior Steven Kleinschmidt made 10 of his 17 points in the fourth to keep Providence Christian within striking distance, but the comeback was too late to make a difference.
Providence Christian missed all three of its shots in the final 2:30 and Turner hit all four of his foul shots to guarantee the Lions’ fifth win of the season.
“We needed to beat that streak,” Gober said. “It’s a great feeling, they’re a great team. We wanted to beat the streak and extend our own. This is a big momentum boost for us.”
LAKEVIEW GIRLS 50, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 20: Lakeview scored 15 unanswered points in the third quarter.
The Lady Lions (4-2, 2-0 Region 8-A) led by 10 at halftime, but opened the second half with nine straight points from senior Schyler Miller (19 points). Coach John Carrick’s side held Providence Christian (1-8, 0-2) to a scoreless third before
Lakeview went on a 8-0 hot streak between four shooters.
Miller’s layup on the baseline gave the Lady Lions their 50th point with less than a minute remaining.
Alison Brooks led the Storm with nine points. Sophomore Hanna Grogan added 10 points for the Lady Lions.