Author: Matt Bollmann

Lakota East remains atop GMC with 61-48 win over Mason

MASON, Ohio — Lakota East faced off against Mason for the second time this season on Friday night at Mason in a GMC matchup. Their first matchup this season was won by Lakota East by the score of 44-40, a game in which Nate Johnson scored 16 points for the Thunderhawks and Mitchell Greer for Mason scored 21 points, which in large part kept Mason alive in the game.

Lakota East, who was 8-1 in conference play heading into their game last night against Mason, got off to a hot start in the first quarter. Nate Johnson scored 7 points in the quarter to lead the Thunderhawks to an early 16-7 lead after one. Defensively, Lakota East was able to hold senior forward Mitch Greer in check for much of the game, and held him scoreless in the first quarter of Friday evenings game.

Mason came out of the gate hot in the second quarter and they were able to cut the lead to 7 points at the break, and headed into the half down 27-20. Mitch Greer was able to get the lid off the basket and scored 4 points in the frame. Head Coach Clint Adkins’ defensive adjustments from their first matchup earlier in the season to this matchup Friday night held a number of Mason scorers in check. At the half, Nate Johnson (9 points) and Jadon Coles (8 points) of the Thunderhawks were in large part the reason for flow of the offense and the reason they went to the locker room with the lead.

The game remained within striking distance for much of the second half for the Comets and they came out of the locker room with much more aggressiveness offensively and defensively to try and cut the deficit and take the lead. Jack Cooper of the Comets scored 6 points in the third quarter and had 10 altogether heading into the final frame. Mitch Greer had 6 points of his own headed to the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to cut into the lead as Lakota East entered the final quarter with a lead of 40-31.

Defensively in the fourth, the Comets stepped up their defensive pressure on the ball enough to cut the lead to three points at 46-43 midway through the fourth. Jack Cooper and Mitch Greer both hit a couple of big three pointers in the frame and ended with 16 points and 12 points respectively. In the end, Nate Johnson and Jadon Coles still continued to be too much for Mason to handle and the Thunderhawks ended up pulling away with a 61-48 victory. Johnson ended the game with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Coles ended with 13 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists.

With the victory, Lakota East improves to 13-2 (9-1, GMC) on the year and Mason falls to 8-6 (6-4, GMC) on the season.

Oak Hills tops Lakota East in battle for first in the GMC

Oak Hills and Lakota East met for the first time this season on Tuesday night in a matchup that featured the top two teams in the GMC, both entering the evening with a perfect 5-0 league record. Mike Price and Clint Adkins are two of the best in the GMC at having their teams prepared, and Tuesday night was no different for both coaches.

Oak Hills came into the game without their big man, Jacob Ramstetter, and were essentially looking at running the entire game with a six man rotation. Lakota East opened the game on a 5-0 run and clearly wanted to set the pace of the game with the size mismatch against an undersized Oak Hills team with a limited bench.

Oak Hills continued to trail for the entire first half, as Lakota East had a halftime lead of 26-21. Oak Hills held their own defensively the first half limiting Nate Johnson, the third leading scorer in the GMC to only 6 points at the break. A large part of Oak Hills keeping the game close at halftime was the two man duo of Austin Dennis and Kelen Dietrich who went to the break with 10 points and 7 points respectively.

In a tightly contested first half, and with two of the best coaches in the GMC going head-to-head, the chess match continued in the second half with in-game adjustments being made by each coach. The third quarter was much of the same for Lakota East trying to attack the paint and expose the mismatch in size. Mike Price had his team well prepared coming out of the break and continued to contain the duo of Nate Johnson and Alex Mangold fairly well and entered the fourth quarter trailing by only 5 points by the score of 34-29.

Starting the fourth quarter Oak Hills came out and for much of the fourth quarter ran a tough, hard-nosed, full court press in hopes of forcing turnovers and fighting back into the game. Their relentless effort on the defensive side of the ball did just that. Oak Hills climbed back into the game and tied the ballgame at 44 with just over a minute to remain in the game. Coming out of a timeout, Kelen Dietrich drove the ball to the basket and drew a double team, but was able to find open teammate Adonis Caneris for a corner three for his only three points of the game, but without a doubt the biggest three points of the game. That three pointer gave Oak Hills their first lead of the game by the score of 47-44 with one minute remaining in the game and they never looked back. Lakota East had a missed shot on the following possession and the final 42 seconds of the game turned into fouls to try and come from behind. Oak Hills would end up winning by the final score of 53-46.

Austin Dennis turned in his best game of the season up to this point as he finished with a game high 22 points and also added 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Teammate Kelen Dietrich also added 20 points of his own in addition to 7 rebounds and 2 steals.

The victory for Oak Hills improves their first place record in the GMC to 6-0 overall and their overall record to 8-2. Lakota East drops to 5-1 in the GMC with an overall record of 9-2.