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Updated: 1:33 a.m., AW boys beat Bobcats, 58-52 (1-4-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 04 January 2013 23:39

 

WHITEHOUSE — The gym was packed to the rafters Friday night at Anthony Wayne in anticipation of the battle between two Big Ten recruits.
While AW’s Mark Donnal and Bowling Green’s Vitto Brown each had their moments, the game was decided by the Generals’ supporting cast in a 58-52 Northern Lakes League victory.
“Mark carried the load. He always had two or three guys guarding him; it’s tough to get his space,’’ AW head coach Bryan Borcherdt said. ‘‘But tonight it was about the supporting cast, which I thought it would be.

“We talked before the game that we have to be a brotherhood ... you are going to get called tonight and guys have to make plays,’’ Borcherdt continued. “When you have a guy like Mark, who attracts so much attention, it takes other guys stepping up, penetrating to the basket, hitting the open 3-pointer, making free throws.’’
James Baker and Hunter Johnson each had seven points off the bench for the Generals. Baker was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and Johnson scored three points in the final eight minutes. BG’s bench did not score.
“They seemed to get a key drive or a key basket out of a sub, that we don’t get,’’ BG head coach Von Graffin said about the Generals. ‘‘Our bench has been out-scored all year.’’
Donnal, who is headed to Michigan, had 14 points and 17 rebounds and Brown, who is going to Wisconsin, had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
“That’s a pretty good matchup with Mark and Vitto,’’ Graffin said.
Brown picked up two fouls in the first 1:28 of the game and sat out the final 6:32 of the first quarter.
AW jumped to a 10-0 lead and led 18-5 after eight minutes as the Bobcats could never get any traction in the game.
“That 10-0 run was huge. It really got us going. It gave us momentum,’’ Donnal said.
“Only winning by six points, that was huge,’’ Borcherdt said about AW’s quick start.
Brown came back with nine points and three rebounds, playing 5:35 of the second quarter as BG cut into AW’s lead. But the Generals were still up 30-23 at the half.
Graffin said he was pleased with Brown’s mature attitude after battling the early foul trouble.
Donnal’s eight points and seven rebounds in the third quarter helped the General keep the Bobcats at bay as AW took a 46-37 lead into the final eight minutes.
BG got two free throws from Brown and a 3-pointer from Andrew Herringshaw to close within 46-42.
BG then had a good look at a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game, but the shot missed.
AW quickly responded with a three-point play from Ose Omofoma and a basket from Johnson to push its lead back to 51-42.
The Bobcats again got to within 51-47 but the Generals held on in the final minute, going 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
“We were able to do the things we needed to do down the stretch,’’ Borcherdt said.
“That was a team victory,’’ he added.
BG did get to the free-throw line 14 times in the fourth quarter, making 10. But the Bobcats missed the front end of a one-and-one and had a made free throw waived off as the shooter was ruled to have stepped over the line.
“We had to battle back so hard and we could not get over the hump,’’ Graffin said. “We did a good job of attacking them and getting to the foul line.
“We guarded pretty good tonight, as a whole,’’ Graffin continued. ‘‘We were able to hold an Anthony Wayne team in the mid-50s. I’m happy with that.’’
Hunter Debo added 11 points for AW, 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the NLL. Herringshaw contributed 14 points for the Bobcats, 3-6, 2-2. BG has lost five straight games.

BOYS
ANTHONY WAYNE 58, BGHS 52
BGHS
Stone, 2-5—9; Herringshaw, 1-4-0—14; E. Gardner, 0-2-1—7; Brown, 3-1-7—16; Dill, 3-0—6; Donaldson, 0-0—0; M. Gardner, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 8-7-14—52.
ANTHONY WAYNE
Fox, 1-2-0—8; Debo, 0-3-2—11; Omofoma, 3-1—7; Reid, 2-0—4; Donnal, 3-8—14; Baker, 0-1-4—7; Johnson, 3-1—7; Murphy, 0-0—0. 12-6-16—58.
BGHS    5    18    14    15    —52
AW    18    12    16    12    —58

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 January 2013 02:46
 

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