Sophomore forward Hayden Ludwig poured in a career-high 20 points as the Lancers raced past Templ Christian on Tuesday night. Ludwig was one of three Lancers in double figures. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
By John Parent
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview Lancers have had a tough time getting their perimeter shots to fall of late. When Temple Christian paid a visit on Tuesday evening, Lincolnview decided, instead, to pound the ball inside.
The starting front court of Chandler Adams and Hayden Ludwig responded and combined for 21 first-half points as the Lancers rolled to a 68-44 win over the Pioneers.
The Lancers worked the ball into Adams early and often and the sophomore center more than held his own against the Pioneers post defense.
“Looking at the scouting report coming in, we felt we had an advantage inside and we went to (Adams) early and he was able to come through for us,” noted Lancer head coach Brett Hammons. “He was able to get position, make some post moves and get to the free throw line. Then he knocked down his free throws. The effort he gave was tremendous.”
Adams connected on all four of his free throws in the first quarter and added two more, to go along with three field goals, in the second. Ludwig, meanwhile, was connecting from the outside as well as scoring on the block.
Ludwig drained an 18-foot jumper from the wing to establish an early 7-2 lead for the home squad. He buried a baseline jumper later in the period, then added a pair of low-post baskets in the second quarter.
All those interior points, freed up senior Kyle Williams to get rolling from the outside.
“Having Chandler step up like that in the first half, and Hayden step up, it opened things up for Kyle,” added Hammons. “He’s been struggling the last couple of games, but he was able to get some open looks and knock down some shots. When other guys start scoring, it makes things easier on (Williams), it makes things easier on Justis (Dowdy), as well.”
“It just makes us an all-around better team when teams have to worry about more scoring threats.”
After taking a 32-20 lead into the break, the Lancers really got rolling in the third quarter as point guard Austin Leeth made an impact on defense and with his passing. Leeth found Williams with a beautiful pass on a back door cut, then hit Williams for a catch-and-shoot three on the next possession.
The Lancers opened up a 40-24 lead when Dowdy found Ludwig ahead of the pack for a basket and foul and Ludwig added a mid-range jumper and a pair of inside scores late in the quarter for a 48-26 advantage headed to the fourth.
The Lancers drained each of their first seven shot attempts in the final period, with Leeth assisting on three of them, to seal the game.
“Like I told him, ‘points aren’t everything.’ Austin came out and had eight assists and five rebounds and I thought he did a great job distributing the basketball,” noted Hammons of his point guard, who was held scoreless on the night. “His turnover ratio has been great (this season). He was able to manage the team tonight and get the ball to those guys at the right times. He’s the guy who runs our offense and gets things going.”
Under Leeth’s guidance, the Lancers committed a total of just six turnovers for the game while forcing 18 by the Pioneers. Temple falls to 4-15 with the loss while Lincolnview gets back to even at 8-8 on the year. The Lancers shot 15-for-27 in the second half, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Score by quarters
Temple Christian 9 11 6 18- 44
Lincolnview 17 15 16 20- 68
Breaston 9, Zwiebel 9, Bowman 3, Hutchison 8, Rex 6, Howell 6, Good 3, Wafzig 0
Leeth 0, Williams 17, Dowdy 7, Adams 14, Ludwig 20, McCleery 2, Farmer 6, Miller 2, Friesner 0, Fraker 0, Youtsey 0, Thompson 0