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Central Catholic routs BG boys (12-28-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by MIKE GODFREY Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 December 2012 10:14
BG's Evan Gardner (23) is fouled by Central Catholic's DeShone Kizer (14) while taking a shot. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
TOLEDO - Toledo Central Catholic's 75-45 whipping of Bowling Green resulted from its depth, athleticism, and unselfishness.
The Fighting Irish, who scored 46 of their points in the paint while connecting on 6-of-17 3-pointers, placed four players in double figures.
Keith Towbridge, a 6-foot-5 senior post who is a tight-end recruit for the University of Louisville, led CC with a game-high 18 points. PHOTO GALLERY
"He's really a load," said CC coach Jim Welling, an Eastwood graduate, whose team stands 4-0 on the season. Welling also is a former head coach at Owens Community College and Lake High School.
"He's a great kid and he's got great hands and feet and he's difficult to defend a lot of time down in that post," Welling added.
Overall, the Irish connected on 34-of-65 (52 percent) of its field goals and only turned the ball over six times. Meanwhile, BG shot 42 percent (19-of-45) from the floor but only hit 3-of-17 (18 percent) from beyond the arc while turning the ball over 15 times.
"We're long and athletic," said Welling. "That's difficult for teams to defend against. Our philosophy is to pound the ball in on you and play inside-out.
"Boy, (we) really share the ball. (We're) really a good, unselfish group of basketball players. It's fun to watch a lot of times. They (throw) that extra pass and then all of a sudden we've got a layup or a wide open look at a three."
"They're good," said BG coach Von Graffin whose team dipped to 3-4 on the year. "Are they 30 points better than us? I don't know, but they were tonight.
"We've got to get guys to practice and become reliable and do all those little things. You can't expect young men, or anybody in particular, to do the big things if they can't do the little things. We've got to start doing little things better as a group, and some individuals as well."
Early on, the Bobcats fell behind 8-2. A triple by senior Andrew Herringshaw (12 points) with under 10 seconds left in the opening frame had BG within 17-11.
"Again, in the first quarter we got some shots we usually hit (but didn't fall)," said Graffin.  "Our zone was pretty good at times."
Up 20-16 a minute into the second quarter, CC went on a 7-0 spurt to take its first double-digit lead, 27-16, at the 5:36 mark. A driving floater by sophomore LaMont√° Stone (seven points) pulled BG to within 31-23 before the Irish, who were 11-of-16 from the floor in the second quarter, exploded on an 11-0 run over the final 2:27 to seize control of the game at the half, 42-23. CC's Deontae Cole scored eight of his 12 points during the quarter.
"They were getting a little fatigued and we made a nice little run in that stretch there," said Welling.
"That's kind of the trademark of how we play. We're going to play hard and aggressive, and hopefully we can fatigue you enough so that we can get those runs. The minute you start getting fatigued or rotate in certain players, boom, we've got you."
In the first 3:24 of the third quarter, CC's lead ballooned to 52-28 thanks to six points from Towbridge. With BG's Vitto Brown scoring nine of his team-high 16 points after the Towbridge hoop, the Bobcats closed the quarter on an 11-4 run to trail 56-39.
"We played them even in the third quarter (16-14), but we spotted them in the first and the second," said Graffin. "When we had to go man, they got to do what they wanted."
Two minutes into the final quarter, the Irish had the lead over 20 points. BG, which converted just 3-of-10 fourth period field goals while turning the ball over five times, was steam-rolled down the stretch.
"We're a hard match-up for a lot of teams," said Welling, whose team won the boards 28-20.
"We've got to get better," said Graffin whose team faces a daunting task as it travels to Detroit Country Day tonight.
Country Day was an honorable mention school in this week's USA Today national poll.
The Central Catholic junior varsity team used a 23-9 third period to overcome the Bobcats 57-46. Trey Walker led BG with 18 points.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 December 2012 19:14

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