|(updated: 11:45 p.m.) AW downs BG boys, 58-45 (2-7-14)|
|Written by By MIKE GODFREY, Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Friday, 07 February 2014 23:39|
WHITEHOUSE —Teams such as the Anthony Wayne Generals, which feature a formidable inside-outside presence with 6-foot-5 senior post Jake Reid and 6-3 senior guard Matt Fox, can force opponents to pick their poison.
The Bowling Green Bobcats, in falling 58-45 to AW, focused much of their attention on Fox, who while limited to a single point in the second half, accounted for 10 first-half points.
However, Reid exploded for 11 of his game-high 20 points in the third quarter. Behind Reid’s aggressive inside play, the Generals expanded a slim 29-26 halftime lead into a 43-31 advantage with 1:33 left in the third quarter when sophomore guard Collin Conrad (12 points) nailed the third of his four triples on the night.
AW improved to 9-6 overall and 7-4 in the Northern Lakes League. BG fell to 3-15, 2-9.
“Give coach (Bryan) Brocherdt some credit as they recognized that in the first half we were really focusing on Fox,” said BG coach Mark Malinowski. “I’m sure they went into halftime thinking, ‘you know what, they’re taking Fox away, so let’s get the ball inside to Reid.’ When they did pound it inside to him, they built up a little lead there.”
“We talked about it (getting the ball to Reid) the whole game; we just did better at it in the second half,” said Borcherdt. “Jake’s tough; he’s athletic and uncanny around the basket. I challenged him before the game. I said I need that 20 point, 15 rebound-guy back because we’re awful good when he’s here.”
Down 43-31, BG, behind five of LaMontá Stone’s team-high 18 points, narrowed the AW lead to 43-36 with a quarter to play.
However, the momentum was short-lived. The Bobcats began the final frame 0-of-2 from the field with two turnovers while AW rebuilt their lead to 48-36 with 5:56 to play on Conrad’s final triple of the game. From that point on, BG got no closer than eight points.
“Ours guys made an adjustment (on Reid in the final quarter), but we didn’t hit enough shots to get us back to where we were,” said Malinowski whose team was just 7-of-23 in the second half from the field and 17-of-46 (37 percent) on the night including 5-of-18 from beyond the arc. “I give my guys credit for understanding the game plan, and really competing tonight.”
The Bobcats more than competed early on as they overcame a 10-5 deficit to take a 13-12 lead after the first quarter as Mitchell Gardner accounted for all six of his points in the final 2:09 of the first quarter.
After the Generals regained the lead, 14-13, on a Reid put-back, BG’s Jacob Leader scored inside and the Bobcats held a slim advantage until Reid gave AW the lead for good, 27-25, with 39 seconds left in the opening half.
In the opening half, BG converted 4-of-8 triples but also tallied 12 points in the paint. After halftime, AW extended its zone on BG’s marksmen while contesting everything in the paint.
“They’re a hard team to guard because you’ve got to play them like everybody can shoot threes,” said Borcherdt whose team was 22-of-57 from the field including 7-of-20 from beyond the arc. “You have to get your zone out. I think our guys got to the spots and rebounded out of it.”
AW dominated the glass 37-20 with Reid grabbing 15 boards. Gardner hauled down 10 rebounds for the vertically-challenged Bobcats.
“We kept battling to the end,” said Malinowski. “We’re young, inexperienced, and small, but at some point you just feel like you want to stop making excuses. I was proud of the effort the kids gave tonight.”
The AW junior varsity squad cruised past BG 51-28. Preston Morman paced the Bobcats with 15 points.
ANTHONY WAYNE 58, BGHS 45
Stone, 6-1-3—18; Stewart, 0-0—0; Donaldson, 0-0—0; Walker, 1-0—2; Hinton, 0-2-1—7; Gardner, 1-1-1—6; Markey, 0-1-0—3; Leader, 2-0—4; Ludwig, 1-0—2; Carsey, 1-1—3; Riggs, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 12-5-6—45.
Fox, 2-2-1—11; Conrad, 0-4-0—12; Breymaier, 0-2—2; Reid, 9-2—20; Allen, 1-0—2; Mruzek, 0-1-0—3; Johnson, 2-0—4; Yunker, 1-2—4. TOTALS: 15-7-7—58.
BGHS 13 13 10 9—45
AW 12 17 14 15—58
Junior varsity: Anthony Wayne, 51-28.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 08 February 2014 00:45|
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