JERRY CITY — Lake’s boys pulled away in the second half to move another step closer to a possible Northern Buckeye Conference title with a 76-33 victory over Elmwood Friday.
|Elmwood’s Trevor Solether (32) takes a shot as Lake’s Jared Rettig watches Friday. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Flyers, 15-1 overall and 9-1 in the NBC, face Fostoria Saturday, and then host a showdown with Rossford, also 9-1 in the NBC, on Tuesday.
‘‘Every game is important. If you have noticed the games (in the league) the last couple of weeks have been odd,’’ Lake head coach Ryan Bowen said. ‘‘No game is safe. ... We definitely respect every team in this league.’’
Lake led 28-17 at the half and then scored 48 points in the second half.
‘‘It’s a one possession game in the first half if we don’t continually turn it over, and give them layups at the other end,’’ Elmwood head coach Ty Traxler said. ‘‘I thought we had the adjustment at halftime to make that work, but it snowballed.’’
Turnovers hampered Elmwood the entire game. The Royals had 33 turnovers, many coming against Lake’s pressure-packed, trapping defense.
Bowen attributed Lake’s slow first half to being too complacence in attacking Elmwood’s zone defense.
‘‘We just walked up the court,’’ Bowen said. ‘‘We don’t want them to set up their zone defense, so we need to run.
‘‘We told them that at halftime, and they just come out with an unbelievable third quarter.’’
The Flyers started the second half on a 14-0 run, and outscored the Royals 27-6 in the quarter. Connor Bowen and Jacob Rettig each scored six points in the 14-0 run.
‘‘In the second half, I was disappointed in our effort. I was disappointed in our focus. Once they hit a couple of shots. It just seemed like we caved,’’ Traxler said.
Bowen, Rettig and Brandyn Neal combined for 25 of Lake’s 27 points in the quarter.
‘‘Once we starting flying around, we are pretty good,’’ coach Bowen said.
The Lake coach also said his team did a better job of rotating in the pressure defense.
‘‘Like I’ve said before, if five guys aren’t working at it, it’s not very good. In the third quarter, five guys worked at it, and it made a big difference,’’ coach Bowen said.
The Flyers did not made a 3-pointer until Rettig hit one with 4:58 remaining in the first half.
Lake finished with nine threes, with Rettig, a freshman, making five, including three in the third quarter, as he showed his range from the right wing.
‘‘We told them that Connor had to penetrate a little more in the second half, and find someone to draw behind him,’’ coach Bowen said. ‘‘It was Jake who did that, and Connor just stopped and hit him behind.’’
Bowen, and Rettig each finished with 19 points for Lake, ranked No. 9 in Division II, and Neal added 12 points.
‘‘Quite frankly, they are way better than us, at this point of the season,’’ Traxler said.
Freshman Tayte Lentz led Elmwood, 4-13, 3-7, with seven points.
Lake posted a 52-49 win in the junior varsity game. Nathan Permar scored 14 points for the Flyers. Trevor Robbins led Elmwood with 12 points.
LAKE 76, ELMWOOD 33
Jared Rettig, 4-0—8; Walters, 2-2-6: C. Witt, 0-0—0; Neal, 3-1-3—12; Bowen, 6-2-1—19; Jacob Rettig, 1-5-2—19; Permar, 1-0—2; Duncan, 1-1-0—5; A. Witt, 2-1—5; Abbey, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 20-9-9—76.
Peter, 0-0—0; Childress, 2-0—4; Baxter, 1-0—2; Arnold, 3-0—6; Solether, 1-1-0—5; Lentz, 2-1-0—7; Buckingham, 1-0—2; Jones, 2-1—5; Robbins, 0-0—0; Camden, 0-0—0; Hocker, 0-0—0; Aufdencamp, 0-2—2; Palmer, 0-0—0; Uzelac, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 12-2-3—33.
LAKE 12 16 27 21 —76
ELMWOOD 10 7 6 10 —33
Junior varsity: Lake, 52-49.