Hunter Miller

Lakeview’s Hunter Miller drives the ball up the court during a non-region boys basketball game against Jamestown on Saturday at the Fish Tank. Miller and the Sailors beat the Muskies 51-33.

JAMESTOWN — In the nightcap of the “Beauty and the Beast” event in Jamestown, the Lakeview boys were able to complete the sweep of the Muskies. After a slow start, Lakeview found their groove and pulled away from the hometown Muskies.

On Saturday night at Jamestown High School, the Lakeview Sailors beat Jamestown 51-33 in a non-region boys basketball game.

“I think it’s a really, really good (event) for both schools,” said Lakeview head coach Garrett Blaschak. “We hosted it last year and we always get a good fan turnout from Jamestown and from Lakeview. I hope it continues in the future. I really enjoy it.”

It always helps to win too. Lakeview had to recover quickly from a narrow 33-28 win over Rocky Grove on Friday, but the Sailors did and improved to 8-5 on the year. Jamestown dropped down to 5-8 overall.

“We’ve struggled putting four quarters together. We’re kind of a young team,” said Jamestown head coach Luke Widger. “We’re a young team trying to learn how to win.”

Early on neither team broke away until the 3:42 mark of the first quarter when Hunter Miller knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 9-5 for the Sailors. On the next possession, Anthony Grim fired away from beyond the arc to open it up 12-5.

Jamestown responded with a 5-2 run to close the quarter sparked by two baskets inside by Darian Keyser.

The Muskies carried the momentum into the second with Keyser setting up atop the arc and burying a trey. Then with two baskets by Peyton McElhinny, the Muskies found themselves ahead 17-16 with 2:32 to play in the half.

After missing their first six shots of the stanza, Lakeview found success cutting to the rim. Cole Thiec scored on the wing and Brett Beith added four points off two layups inside to give the Sailors a narrow 22-17 lead at halftime.

“Some of the backscreens and stuff get us, a few easy buckets in there,” said Widger. “I got to look at the film.”

The Sailors continued to put on the pressure and ramped up the fastbreak in the third. Nate McIntire earned a steal and score to make it 26-17. On the next trip down the floor, Thiec buried a trey to make it 29-17. 

Cameron Keyser and McElhinny tried to get the Muskies back into it, but Beith had other plans with three straight hoops inside to keep the lead comfortable at 38-27.

Down the stretch, Lakeview pulled away by keeping Jamestown off the scoreboard as well. The Muskies only managed six field goals in the second half. Only Darian Keyser broke the seal off the rim in the fourth quarter with a pair of layups and two free throws. 

“It always starts on the defensive end for us. I got to give it up to my guys. They’re always locked in,” said Blaschak. “That just gets us going on the offensive end, so I was pleased.”

Beith led all scorers in the game with 20 points off nine field goals. Thiec followed with 11 and Miller tallied nine for the Sailors.

For Jamestown, Darian Keyser scored 15 to lead the Muskies. Cameron Keyser and McElhinny each put up nine points in the loss.

Jordan Hansgen can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at jhansgen@meadvilletribune.com

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