The loss came for WRV in spite of a game-high tally of 18 points from Cade Hill and a baker's dozen from Luke Mowery who added six rebounds to match Crowe for game-high honors.
The win improves the Lakers mark to 6-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play while the Wolverines fall to 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the league table.
The Lakers maintained a 24-19 edge on the glass.
"For the most part they did a decent job defensively and executed well on the offensive end," Brett said.
The veteran coach was also pleased with the performance turned in by his three double figure scorers.
"Patrick played real well," Brett said. "We've got to have that and the more guys we have doing that the better off."
While Brett was happy with the overall performance from his ball club, the opposite could be said for White River Valley coach J.B. Neill.
"We didn't show up to play, the kids didn't play hard, they outplayed us all night, we never got a loose ball," he said. "I don't know how you show up for a conference home game against a sectional opponent and not be ready to play."
Neill said it has been a frustrating trend over a three-game stretch that has seen the Wolverines post one win in their last three games.
"We've been that way the last two games," he added. "We were that way at North Knox. I gave them a little credit there after playing three straight at the Greene County Invitational, but that wasn't the answer."
After a slow start to the game by both teams, it was 8-4 in favor of the Lakers after one quarter and 15-12 in the visitors favor at the break, things picked up on the offensive side for both teams in the second half.
After the two teams combined to hit just eight field goals over the span of the first 16 minutes, both squads reached double-digits in the final two frames.
But it was the lack of effort that Neill referred to that ultimately made the difference on the scoreboard.
"We just got outplayed tonight and I don't know just how important it is to our kids right now," Neill said. "Right now what I'm seeing in their effort is not much -- the guys just stopped playing hard, that's the bottom line."
After the Lakers ballooned their lead to double-figures twice -- once at 10 points and the other at 11, both in the third quarter -- WRV managed to climb back into the game as the third quarter unfolded and eventually evened things at 30-all in the fourth quarter.
Shakamak quickly opened the third quarter on a 11-3 run that pushed their lead to 24-15. Then a 3-pointer from Hill got the margin to eight at 24-18 before another Laker rally rebooted the margin to 10.
Then came WRV's best offensive spurt of the night when they bridged the end of the third and the start of the fourth quarters with an 12-2 run that produced the final deadlock.
From there the Lakers managed to creep back in front and hold a four- or five-point lead until the closing stages.
WRV made one final push cutting the margin to 40-38 with 39 seconds remaining. But a loose ball caused by Collins and picked up by Schubla and converted into points at the free throw line proved to be the final blow WRV's chances.
"I thought Dylan made a nice play there and Kyle was able to come up with it," Brett said. "They still had a chance to tie the game up until that point."
Schubla connected on the second of the two tosses pushing the margin to three points before a final basket by WRV reserve Hunter Cornelius set the final tally.
"We beat a good team on their floor," Brett said. Now we've got to go home and get ready for West Vigo tomorrow."
In the junior varsity contest, WRV posted a 32-23 win behind 12 points from Colten Gregory, 10 from Jorden English, four from Austin Frye and two from Jonathan Koenig.
Shakamak got 11 from Jake Walters, four from Jeff Bessling, three from Collins, two from Samuel Messmer and Christian Burris and one from Braden Scott.
Both teams are in action again on Saturday night.
WRV will host Sullivan while the Lakers will entertain the Vikings. Both games begin with the JV contest at 6 p.m.
SHAKAMAK (42) -- Brodie Crowe 4-18 3-3 11, Patrick Green 5-8 3-4 15, Brandon Morin 4-6 0-0 8, Kyle Schubla 1-3 3-4 6, Dylan Collins 1-3 0-0 2, Christian Burris 0-0 0-0 0, Jeff Bessling 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-39 9-11 42.
WHITE RIVER VALLEY (40) -- Mitch Ingram 1-8 0-0 2, Luke Mowery 6-7 1-2 13, Michael Fisher 0-3 0-0 0, Trey Gamble 2-5 0-0 5, Cade Hill 5-10 5-5 18, Hunter Cornelius 1-1 0-0 2, Nick Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Jonathan Koenig 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Barnett 0-0 0-0 0, Conner Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Jorden English 0-0 0-0 0, Colten Gregory 0-1 0-0 0, Austin Frye 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-34 6-7 40.
Shakamak 8 7 15 12 -- 42
White River Valley 4 8 14 14 -- 40
3-point shooting -- Shakamak 3-10 (Green 2-3, Schubla 1-2, Crowe 0-3, Collins 0-2), White River Valley 4-12 (Hill 3-5, Gamble 1-1, Ingram 0-6). Rebounds -- Shakamak 24 (Crowe 6), White River Valley 19 (Mowery 6). Steals -- Shakamak 2 (Green 2), White River Valley 3 (Fisher, Gamble, Ca. Hill). Blocks -- Shakamak 2 (Collins, Morin), White River Valley none. Turnovers -- Shakamak 5, White River Valley 8. Total fouls -- Shakamak 11, White River Valley 14. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- White River Valley 32, Shakamak 23.