The Lakeview Academy boys basketball team hung in with top-seeded Mount Pisgah Christian for two quarters Thursday evening in the Region 6-A-Private tournament semifinals. But the Patriots overwhelmed the visiting Lions in the second half, cruising to an 88-41 win that sends Lakeview Academy to the third-place contest on Saturday.
The Lions trailed by 12 points at halftime, but were outscored 26-9 in the third quarter and never got back into the game.
“We let the third quarter get away from us,” Lakeview Academy coach Tyler Sanders said. “We got away from our principles that we’ve been coached to do. It is what it is. The snowball started rolling, and we couldn’t stop it.”
Declan Weidner and Harrison Cooper scored 11 points each to pace the Lions, but it wasn’t enough for the visiting squad to pull off the upset.
Lakeview Academy kept it close in the opening quarter, getting early layups from Cooper and Conley Millwood to take a lead halfway through the opening frame. But the Patriots heated up from there, ending the period on an 8-3 run and carrying that momentum into the second. Mount Pisgah scored the first 7 points of the quarter to go up by 13, and while the Lions stayed even with the home team for the remainder of the half, they struggled to make up any ground.
And while the game was still in reach at that point, the Patriots blew things open in the third, ripping off runs of 16-4 and 10-1 to extend their lead to nearly 30 by the end of the frame.
Following the defeat, Sanders said he hopes his team will use the loss as motivation going into the third-place game on Saturday and the Class A-Private tournament starting next week.
“As I was telling the guys, we’ve got two choices,” he said. “We can tuck our tails and go home and cry about it, or we can get in the gym tomorrow, we can learn from our mistakes and get ready to play on Saturday and try to get the three seed in our region.”