KALIDA — The Lincolnview Lancers hit the road Friday night to face PCL powerhouse Kalida. The Lancers came up short despite a fourth quarter rally, and fell 52-49 in non-conference boys’ basketball action.

Lincolnview couldn’t buy a basket in the first quarter. They went 1-for-7 in the first 5:30 minutes of play, and only landed three shots all quarter. Isiac Bowersock hit a jump shot to get the Lancers on the board, but Kalida fired right back with a set of threes. Owen Recker nailed a wide-open shot from long range, and Trevor Lambert tacked up one of his own to give the host Wildcats an early 9-2 advantage. Gabe Hovest contributed style points with a textbook fade away near the end of the first, and Josh Klausing went 2-for-2 from the foul line to extend the Wildcat lead to 16-5.

The Lancers picked up the pace on defense in the second quarter; however, free throw shooting was the story of the evening, and Kalida took full advantage of their opportunities from the charity stripe. The Wildcats went 6-for-7 in the second quarter from the foul line, and two quick trips helped give them a 19-6 lead. A turnaround jumper near the basket for Kalida made it 21-6 before Alek Bowersock drained a three from downtown to end the Wildcat run. Kalida made two more trips to the line before halftime and headed into the break with a comfortable 25-13 lead.

Despite the double-digit deficit, Lincolnview came out ready to play in the second half. The Lancers went on a 7-0 run to start the third and closed the gap in a hurry. Tristin Miller forced the ball to the basket with a strong layup, and Caden Ringwald knocked down two free throws. Zane Miller, who was quiet most of the game, capped off the scoring streak with a three that bounced no fewer then five times before falling through the net.

Kalida battled back with a 7-0 run of their own. Lambert started things off for the Wildcats with a pair of free throws. He went on to go 14-for-16 from the charity stripe and played a key role in his team’s victory. Grant Laudick added a nice reverse layup and Owen Recker a three to extend the Wildcat lead to 32-20. With time running out in the quarter, Caden Ringwald put up a prayer from half court that found nothing but net as the buzzer went off. The unexpected 3-point shot cut the Kalida lead to single digits entering the fourth and final quarter.

Lincolnview was persistent throughout the second half, and even more so in the fourth quarter as grit and determination kept them in the game until the end. Alek Bowersock hit a three early in the quarter and sparked life into the struggling Lancer offense. Kalida put a damper on the party by sinking a three on the following play and gave the Wildcats a 10-point advantage. The Lancers continued to fight back. Overholt delivered a flawless pass to Logan Williams, who hit a perfectly timed 3-pointer and cut the Kalida lead down to 42-38.

Lincolnview came within one point of Kalida with two seconds remaining in the game. Overholt used only used 3.8 seconds to deliver a beautiful shot from behind the arc and brought the game to 50-49, Kalida. The bad news was that the Lancers had to send the Wildcats to the line. Kalida was solid from the charity stripe all night long and they sealed it up as Gabe Hovest went 2-for-2 to close out the game. Overholt put up a desperation shot from nearly the full length of the court, but it fell short. The Lancers walked away in defeate 52-49, but proud of their hard-fought effort.

Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons was impressed with his team’s never-give-up mentality.

“It took us awhile to get our heads in the game, and it’s something we have to learn from. I was pleased with the way our guys battled,” Hammons said.

“A lot of teams would have rolled over and taken the double-digit loss, but we battled back. Give Kalida credit, they made more plays then us on the floor; hopefully we can learn from it and be ready for Ottoville (Saturday).”

Kalida head coach Ryan Stechschulte was happy with the win against a good opponent.

“We played really good basketball for three quarters, and built a lead, but Ringwald and Overholt are really good, and I would have been shocked if they didn’t go off in the fourth quarter. They are just too good to hold down all game. It was a great learning experience and a great job hanging on for the win.”

Lincolnview falls to 6-2 overall and Kalida advances to 7-2 on the season. The Lancers will face another opponent from the Putnam County League on Saturday at home against Ottoville, and the Wildcats will enjoy a break before returning to action against McComb on January 6.

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LINCOLNVIEW (49)

Caden Ringwald 4-9 5-5 14, Logan Williams 2-5 2-3 7, Ethan Kemler 2-2 0-0 4, Chayten Overholt 3-3 0-0 7, Alek Bowersock 2-4 2-2 8, Tristin Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Isiac Bowersock 1-3 2-2 4, Zane Miller 1-1 0-0 3, Total 16-28 11-12 49

KALIDA (52)

Josh Klausing 0-4 4-4 4, Trevor Lambert 2-18 14-16 19, Owen Recker 4-11 5-7 16, Braden Decker 0-2 0-2 0, Gabe Hovest 1-3 2-2 4, Grant Laudick 2-5 1-3 5, Evan Roebke 2-2 0-0 4, Total 11-45 26-34 52

Lincolnview 6 7 10 26 -49

Kalida 15 10 7 20 -52

(JV)

Lincolnview 19 5 7 7 -38

Kalida 7 8 11 10 -36