JOHN DAY - A clash of two evenly matched teams was on display in the Grant Union gym the night of Dec. 9. Lakeview came to town with a victory on their minds and the Prospectors were determined to wreck their weekend.
But alas, it was not to be. The teams played evenly for three quarters before the Honkers pulled away in the fourth to post a 74-62 win over the Prospectors.
The first quarter began with both teams shooting the lights out and Grant Union point guard Taylor Myers hit a three-point basket and was fouled. As he made the free throw the crowd cheered its approval of a rare four-point play and the Prospectors seemed to have momentum on their side. The Lakeview Honkers are a well balanced talented team and they were not intimidated at all. The Honkers shot their way to a 14-10 lead with 4:42 left in the first quarter and the two teams traded the lead several times until the half ended with the Honkers leading 42-38.
Grant Union senior forward Ben Dieker got off to a fast start in the second half, and he hit his first two shots to pull the Prospectors even at 42-42. The two teams spent much of the third quarter in a tie until a three-point play by junior Tyler Roberts gave the Prospectors a one point lead at 49-48. At times Roberts appeared unstoppable in the low post and scored at will against the Honkers but Lakeview matched the Prospectors shot for shot and when the shooting cooled for the Prospectors, Lakeview went on a 7-0 run and held the lead the rest of the way.
Roberts shared his view on what led to the loss.
"We need to hit more free-throws," said Roberts. "We also have to cut down on careless mistakes."
Head coach Brad Smith talked candidly about the loss afterward.
"We played really well for three quarters," said Smith "we just didn't finish strong. Lakeview is a very good team. They have some real good players and they just finished stronger than we did."
Sam Rawlins agreed with his coach.
"We really were doing well," said Rawlins, "in the fourth quarter we just let down and that killed us."
The Prospectors will have their next challenge waiting for them when they travel to Banks for a tournament Dec. 15.