Crestview senior Cam Etzler gets two of his 21 points during the Knights’ 66-40 win at Ottoville on Friday night. Damian Helm added 16 for Crestview as the Knights move to 8-0 on the year. (Times Bulletin/Charlie Warnimont)
Crestview senior Cam Etzler gets two of his 21 points during the Knights’ 66-40 win at Ottoville on Friday night. Damian Helm added 16 for Crestview as the Knights move to 8-0 on the year. (Times Bulletin/Charlie Warnimont)
By Charlie Warnimont
DHI Correspondent
OTTOVILLE — Crestview was able to put some separation between themselves and Ottoville in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, behind an aggressive defense and opportunistic offense, the Knights took control of the game. Doubling up the Big Green in scoring, Crestview built a double digit lead on their way to a 56-40 non-league win at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium Friday evening.
Crestview (8-0) had an early 8-5 lead before the Big Green scored five straight points to take a 10-8 lead on two free throws by Luke Schimmoeller and one by Brandt Landin. The Knights ended the quarter with an 8-0 run as Damian Helm and Connor Lautzenheiser drained three-pointers after a basket by Cam Etzler.
The Knight run continued into the second quarter as Etzler converted a steal into two points and Helm drained a short jumper. Schimmoeller ended the Crestview run with four straight free throws before the two teams traded points to end the opening half as the Knights had a 27-20 lead at the break.

Crestview’s Tyson Bolenbaugh and Ottoville’s Tyler Roby exchanged baskets to start the third quarter before the Knights went on a 9-2 run to break the game open. Bolenbaugh opened the run with two free throws before Etzler took over for the Knights.
Etzler drove the right side of the lane and dropped in a short jumper before coming up with a steal on defense. Etzler drove to the basket, scored, was fouled and converted the free throw after a Big Green timeout for a 36-22 Knight lead. Austin Honigford ended the Knight run with a put-back before Etzler again found an opening in the Ottoville defense, drove the lane and scored on a layup.
Landin scored for the Big Green before Helm drove the baseline, scored on a short jumper and converted the free throw for a three point play. Landin and Etzler traded baskets to end the third quarter as the Knights took a 15 point lead to the final quarter.
“The third quarter, obviously from a scoring potential, was key,” Crestview coach Jeremy Best said. “What we started to do was beat them off the dribble. We started getting into the lane, got some kick-outs and some basket attacks. I thought the key was we had a lot of good looks. We didn’t knock some of them down, but we had some looks from three that are going to fall and when they do that is going to open up the inside.”
“In the half court, when we sputter on offense, our defense allows us to make runs. During that run there we had some steals and got out in the open floor. That’s something we want to continue to do, because that’s a huge part of our offense,” Best added.
Another key for the Knights was that they were able to take care of the ball committing only six turnovers in the game. That allowed the Knights to take advantage of their possessions for scoring opportunities.
“We had a good floor game with just six turnovers,” Best said. “In a game like this where possessions are going to be limited that is awesome.
Crestview pushed their lead to 18 points early in the fourth quarter on a free throw by Bolenbaugh and a basket by Helm. The Knights biggest lead in the fourth quarter was 20 points after two free throws each by Etzler and Helm. Two baskets by Schimmoeller trimmed the Knight lead to 16 before two free throw by Helm and two by Schimmoeller ended the scoring.
Etzler led the Knight attack with 21 points and Helm had 16 points.
“Credit Ottoville, they are good taking away a couple of your strengths, but you have to find others like we did tonight,” Best said. “We were ale to get Cam going off the dribble and get to the rim and finish plays. This was a good win for us. It was a strange week missing a couple days of practice because of weather and the holidays.”
Schimmoeller led the Big Green with 22 points. He had 13 points at halftime and scored all nine of the second half points in the fourth quarter. Landin had eight points for Ottoville.
Crestview dominated the junior varsity game 40-14.
The Big Green are back in action Saturday night at Minster, while Crestview is off until they face Lima Central Catholic on Jan. 10.
Crestview 16 11 16 13 - 56
Ottoville 10 10 8 12 - 40
Crestview (56) individual scoring
Zaleski 4, Etzler 21, C. Lautzenheiser 5, Gibson 0, Helm 16, Rolsten 0, Simerman 3, Ca. Lautzenheiser 0, Rickard 0, Bolenbaugh 7, Jones 0
Ottoville (40) individual scoring
C. Bendele 0 Roby 4, Honigford 2, Landin 8, Turnwald 0, Schimmoeller 22, K. Bendele 4
Junior Varsity: Crestview 40-14.
Three-point goals: Ottoville 1 (Schimmoeller); Crestview 4 (Zaleski 1, Co. Lautzenheiser 1, Helm 1, Simerman 1).