Three consecutive losses can take a toll on a team, especially when two come in overtime.

Three consecutive losses can take a toll on a team, especially when two come in overtime.

The Johnstown-Monroe High School boys basketball team won seven consecutive games before the losing streak, but coach Kevin Martin believes a shot of confidence would help as much as anything.

"We just need to get a little bit of the confidence that we've lost," said Martin, whose team was 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the MBC before playing Danville last Friday. "A lot (of losing three consecutive games) has to do with playing good teams. Fredericktown, Centerburg and Lakewood are all pretty good teams."

The Johnnies lost to Fredericktown 43-29 on Jan. 12 before falling to Centerburg 56-53 in overtime on Jan. 15 and 63-58 in overtime last Wednesday to Lakewood.

Against Lakewood, Johnstown was held scoreless during the final 4 minutes, 2 seconds of the first quarter. It only scored seven points in the second quarter on 3-for-11 shooting as Lakewood led 23-17 at the half.

"We were just really bad offensively in the first half and we made adjustments in the second half," Martin said. "But we're 10 or 11 games into the season and the players have to understand what we are trying to do and the younger guys are going to have to grow up quickly."

Shawn Block scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half as the Johnnies led by eight points with 2:21 left in the fourth. But Lakewood hit four 3-pointers in the fourth -- two each from Cory Leidecker and Ross Watts -- to tie the game despite the Johnnies going 8-for-8 from the foul line in the period.

The Lancers scored the first four points in overtime and Riley Cannon scored four consecutive points to tie the game at 58 with 39.8 seconds left. But Bryan Large drove the baseline with 3.2 seconds remaining and Cannon was called for a foul on an attempted block. The Johnnies were hit with two technical fouls as Large would go 5-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final seconds of play.

"We knew Lakewood was a good team and Large and Watts are really good shooters even when you get a hand in their faces," said Martin, whose team plays league games Tuesday at Utica and Friday at home against Eats Knox. "But we can't be satisfied with our effort, especially on both ends of the court in the first half. What lost the game for us was the first half."

Cannon finished with 16 points for the Johnnies. Green scored nine points and Michael Kessler had eight.

The Johnnies lost to first-place Centerburg in overtime to fall into a tie for second in the MBC with Fredericktown at 5-2. The Trojans are 7-0.

Cannon had 13 points to lead Johnstown. Block and Green had 10 points apiece.

"The big thing we need is to win a game and that will help a lot with what we've been lacking from a confidence standpoint," said Martin, whose team plays a non-league game Feb. 2 at home against Whitehall. "But maybe the biggest key is execution on both sides of the court. We have to execute our offense and play hard on the defensive end."

•The wrestling team has had several injuries throughout the season, but the Johnnies might have suffered its toughest loss at the Thornville Invitational on Jan. 16.

Senior Scott Robinson entered the 152-pound final unbeaten but had to default the match to Barnesville's Kurtis Jefferis because of a knee injury. Jefferis was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Robinson was an alternate to the Division III state meet last season at 145 after finishing fifth in the district at Steubenville. He was 16-1 after the loss.

"Scott was scheduled to have an MRI (last Friday) and we're not sure what the extent of the injury may be," coach Ric Block said. "His knee (was) swollen and pretty sore and we heard a pop, but we just have to wait to see when or if he will be back."