Rivet decided to put the rare combination of the season opener and homecoming into the same game Saturday. It didn't work out.
Shakamak combined a suffocating second-quarter pressing defense with Coy Gilbert's explosive third quarter to run away from the Patriots, 61-36, to put a damper on the festive night at Holscher Gym.
Tre'von Taylor collected 14 points and seven rebounds for the Patriots, who played in front of a capacity crowd at the cozy gym. Austin Finch had eight, and Charlie Niehaus posted six points and six rebounds. But Rivet was done in by 26 turnovers, nine in the game-changing second quarter. Gilbert tallied a game-high 21 for the Lakers (1-0), 14 coming in the third quarter.
"We like to go in fifth gear 24 seven. But we have to learn to slow things down, and part of that is having a lack of experience," Patriots coach Mark Bezy said. "Shakamak is a good basketball team, and more experienced than we are. But we weren't disciplined with what we talked about, what we needed to do."
Rivet, with four new starters, was up to the task early. Four players scored, and Finch's 3-pointer gave the Patriots a 12-7 lead less than seven minutes in.
"The reason why we won the first quarter is because we knew they were going to press and play a zone. They've done that against us the last two years, so we were prepared," Bezy said. "That's why we got layups. When we ran our press breaker and our zone offense, we got about any shot we wanted. But I guess we got tired of shooting layups."
Rivet led 14-12 on Taylor's bucket underneath 30 seconds into the second quarter, but that's when Shakamak took over. The Lakers went on a 15-2 run over the next four minutes, and Damon Kesler ended the spurt with a 3-pointer and a lay-up, giving the Lakers a 27-16 cushion. A Niehaus lay-up and Peyton Catt's two free throws allowed Rivet to get within 29-20 by halftime.
But Gilbert's shooting quickly ended the single-digit margin after halftime. The guard had all 14 of his third-quarter points in the first five minutes, and Shakamak had runs of 13 and eight in the stanza to hike the lead to a comfortable 50-24.
Taylor, who had eight points after intermission, was the only player on Rivet to score in the first 12 minutes of the second half.
"Our communication was good at the start, and when we do those things, we look like a good basketball team," Bezy said. "The problem is that we're not in shape, and now our guys know it. We're not a deep team and when we got tired, the lazier we got. We weren't diving after loose balls, or boxing out.
"What upset me was that the halftime adjustments we made, we didn't follow and then just the lack of intensity," Bezy said. "I know they're trying, but that disappointed me."
Rivet's junior varsity fell, 44-23. Samuel Hinkle scored seven points, and Niehaus, Drake Dunn and Tommy Herman had four.
The Patriots play at North Knox at 6 p.m. Friday.
SHAKAMAK 61, RIVET 36
Gorby (f) 1-4 0-0 2, Gould (f) 3-4 3-4 10, Kesler (c) 3-5 0-0 8, Jerningan (g) 0-2 1-2 1, Gilbert (g) 8-16 2-3 21, Stienstra 3-6 0-0 9, Kinnett 2-8 0-2 5, Vivian 1-1 0-0 2, Fulford 0-7 3-4 3, May 0-0 0-0 0, Keller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-53 9-15 61.
Finch (f) 3-5 0-0 8, Taylor (f) 5-11 4-6 14, Catt (c) 0-4 3-4 3, Schleiss (g) 1-2 0-0 3, Niehaus (g) 2-7 2-4 6, Dunn 0-2 0-0 0, Herman 1-5 0-0 2, Hinkle 0-1 0-0 0, Farris 0-0 0-00, Weiss 0-0 0-0 0, Nguyen 0-0 0-0 0, Shake 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-37 9-14 36.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Shakamak|9-20-21-11 — 61
Rivet |12-8-4-12 — 36
3-pointers: Shakamak 10-26 (Stienstra 3-4, Gilbert 3-7, Kesler 2-3, Gould 1-1, Kinnett 1-4, Jernigan 0-2, Fulford 0-5), Rivet 3-4 (Finch 2-2, Schleiss 1-2). Rebounds: Shakamak 26 (Gorby 7), Rivet 27 (Catt 9). Turnovers: Shakamak 15, Rivet 26. Fouls: Shakamak 19, Rivet 14. JV: Shakamak 44-23.