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Lakeview trumps Athens Christian to take over second place
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The Lakeview Academy boys broke a tie for second in Region 8-A with a 59-36 win against Athens Christian on Friday in Gainesville. Now the Lions (10-8, 9-2 Region 8-A) get a chance at the team on top with a game at region frontrunner Commerce on Tuesday in Commerce.

Meanwhile, the Lakeview girls got a 3-pointer from Mona Abraham at the first half buzzer, took a 12-point lead into halftime and defeated Athens Christian 45-30.

For the Lakeview boys, Daniel Olvera finished with 13 points and Jordan Chastain scored 11.

Late in the third quarter, Athens Christian knocked Lakeview’s lead down to six points before Jake Kendrick and Mills Rogers added quick baskets before the end of the quarter. Then in the fourth quarter, the Lions pressured Athens Christian (12-7, 8-3) into a pair of early turnovers which translated to baskets underneath by Olvera and Chastain.

Then with 3:50 left to play, Chastain knocked down a 3-pointer to give Lakeview a 20-point lead.

“Our guys played really hard tonight,” Lakeview coach Seth Vining said. “We still have a long way to go, but I think we have good depth and are getting to play a lot of players.”

Athens Christian coach Ron Link said the key was simply the fact that his team was called for traveling 26 times against Lakeview. “In 40 years of coaching, I thought I’d seen it all,” Link said. “But I’ve never seen that in my life.”

Chaz Sheats was the Eagles’ only scorer in double figures with 10.

Athens Christian plays host to Hebron Christian at 6:30 today. Lakeview visits Commerce at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Lady Lions (9-10, 4-7 Region 8-A) took  a 7-6 lead on a basket from Megan Rochester with only 1:20 left in the first quarter and never trailed the remainder of the game.

Lakeview found separation in the second quarter with a 15-4 scoring advantage during the period, including back-to-back baskets early from Jamie Nixon, followed by a steal and layup from Maddie Haymore.

Haymore finished with 15 points for the Lions and was 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Nixon scored 12 points for the Lady Lions, and Louisa Jacobs had three points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Natasha Braughton led the Lady Eagles (5-13, 3-8) with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks. Lynnetta Barnes added 11 points, 14 rebounds and five steals for Athens Christian. Lakeview finished 13 of 20 from the free throw line (65 percent) and Athens Christian only hit 3 of 15 (20 percent) from the free throw line.

Lakeview visits Commerce at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Athens Christian plays host to Hebron Christian at 5 p.m. today.