(updated: 11:04 p.m.) BGHS falls to Springfield (12-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Godfrey, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 23:00
BG's Jackson Stewart (13) reacts after Springfield's Markese Hicks (22) blocks his shot. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
While greatly undersized, under-experienced, and out-shot 52 percent to 33 percent from the field, the Bowling Green Bobcats fell to the Springfield Blue Devils by a deceivingly close 65-48 verdict.
BG falls to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Northern Lakes League. Springfield, considered one of the favorites to claim the NLL title, stands 2-0, 1-0.  PHOTO GALLERY
Even with Springfield starting two 6-foot-8 players in senior Chad Roy (14 points and 10 rebounds)  and junior Demajeo Wiggins (12 points and 10 rebounds), BG took a hard fought 30-25 margin into the half even though it had just one player, 6-foot-2 senior Cam Carsey, over 6 feet tall on the court. Even so, the Bobcats surrendered just four offensive rebounds in each half. Overall, the Blue Devils won the boards, 38-19 as BG claimed just three offensive rebounds.
“We tried to limit them to one shot,” said BG coach Mark Malinowski. “I commend our guys for that. I thought we did a pretty good job of putting some bodies on people and rebounding the basketball as well as we could with our size.”
Following a Carsey stick-back with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter, the Bobcats clung to a 32-29 edge. Springfield, a veteran team compared to the Bobcats who have just one letterman playing in junior LaMontá Stone, knotted the contest at 32-32 on the first of three, third-quarter triples by senior Markese Hicks (16 points) at the 5:36 mark.
While the Bobcats were a woeful 3-of-16 from the field in the third quarter, Springfield used an inside-outside approach to ignite a 12-5 quarter-ending rally to take a 44-37 lead into the final frame. The Blue Devils were more active and more patient against the Bobcat zone defense in the second half.
“What we did not do was keep the ball out of the center of the floor, and that was the difference in the second half,” added Malinowski.
“We were letting them catch the ball in the high post area, and they were playing inside-out and getting some wide open looks. In the first half, we kept them pretty much perimeter-oriented. Give them credit, they did a nice job of moving the basketball (in the second half).”
Refusing to give in, BG started the final quarter with a Carsey hoop and two free throws from Stone (29 points), and BG was within 44-41 with 6:35 left. Springfield’s 6-foot-2 Manny Durden (19 points) responded with a putback. But BG’s Jackson Stewart knocked down a straight-on trey, and the BG deficit was just 46-44.
Instead of Stewart’s triple providing BG momentum, it seemed to spark the Blue Devils, who nailed five of their next six shots from close range in the decisive 11-2 run that cemented their advantage at 57-46 with just 3:06 to play. Meanwhile, BG hit just one of their final seven field goal attempts.
“Part of it (the decisive run) has to do with the fact that our guys expended a lot of energy in getting it down so close,” said Malinowski whose team is without its other letterman, Mitchell Gardner, until probably mid-January due to a hand injury. “Then, maybe you sense it slipping away a little bit.”
In the early going, the Blue Devils sprinted to an 11-2 lead only to see BG close to within 15-12 at the end of the first quarter thanks to triples from Stone and junior Trey Walker. Stone, BG’s 5-foot-7 point guard who displays an amazing tear drop shot in the lane, carried the Bobcats on his back in the second quarter by scoring 13 of the Bobcats’ 18 points. His 3-pointer with 3:22 left in the half gave BG’s its first lead of the game, 23-21.
“I give our guys a lot of credit,” said Malinowski whose team hosts Northview next Thursday. “They fought hard and battled to the end.”
A 15-0 third quarter run allowed Springfield to overtake the BG junior varsity team en route to a 62-42 win. Aidan Markey and Preston Morman scored 14 and 11 points, respectively for the Bobcats.

Springfield 65, Bowling Green 48
Saxton, 0-0—0; Lawson, 0-0—0; Roy, 7-0—14; Mason Durden, 1-0—2; Siers, 0-0—0; Key, 1-0—2; Hicks, 1-4-2—16; Manny Durden, 9-1—19; Bronaugh, 0-0—0; Krueckeberg, 0-0—0; Wiggins, 6-0—12; Stuart, 0-0—0; Lightner, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 25-4-3—65.
Stone, 6-4-5—29; Stewart, 0-1-0—3; Walker, 1-1-0—5; Hinton, 0-1-0—3; Markey, 0-0—0; Leader, 1-0—2; Ludwig, 0-0—0; Carsey, 3-0—6; Riggs, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 11-7-5—48.
SPRINGFIELD    15    10    19    21    —65
BGHS    12    18    7    11    —48
Junior varsity: Springfield, 62-42.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 10:24

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