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Bezy hits free throws to hold off Cannelton

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By Larry Goffinet

WASHINGTON - Matt Bezy hit seven clutch free throws in the final 53 seconds as Washington Catholic beat Cannelton 77-70 in boys basketball Saturday.

The Bulldogs trailed only 68-66 with 0:53 left when they fouled Bezy to put the 5-foot-9 senior guard on the line.

He hit both free throws and then stole Cannelton's inbound pass.

He was fouled again and hit 1 of 2 free throws to put the Cardinals up 71-66.

After a Cannelton miss, Bezy was fouled again and hit 1 of 2 free throws to increase the Cardinals' lead to 72-66.

Cannelton replied with a field goal but then fouled Bezy again. This time he made both free throws to put the Cardinals up 74-68.

Cannelton made another basket to cut the gap to four points with 0:08 left and promptly called timeout.

But Washington Catholic made a long pass to Bezy for a fast-break layup and free throw to close the scoring.

Bezy made his steal after his first two free throws despite the fact the Cardinals weren't really pressing - he was the only defender back against the inbound pass.

"That's just from our not being in that situation before," said Garrett of the Bulldogs' close game down the stretch.

He also said the Bulldogs "didn't do a real good job checking out" in the game.

Facing a team of similar height, they were outrebounded 40-30, with the Cardinals getting 12 offense rebounds.

But "overall we played a real good game," said Garrett. "I was pleased with the effort after beating New Harmony the night before and making that long trip."

Junior guard Tyler Aud led Cannelton with 25 points, including hitting 7 of 12 three-point shots.

Michael Purcell added 18 points, including four three-point baskets.

Aud led the Bulldogs in rebounds with 10 and Dillon Powers added six. Terry Greathouse had eight assists.

The Bulldogs hit 12 of 32 three-point shots for 37.5 percent and 14 of 33 two-pointers for 42.4 percent. Thus they hit 40.0 percent from the field overall.

Garrett said they took nearly half their shots from three-point range because the Cardinals "were playing a zone and we were getting open looks."

Cannelton led 38-36 at halftime but came out cold in the third quarter and fell behind 54-47.

Dustin Seidel led Washing-ton Catholic, 1-3, with 26 points. Bezy added 17 - nine in the final minute.

Cannelton, 1-4, will host Evansville Day Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Washington Catholic won the junior varsity game 50-33.

Jeremy Cravens scored 12 points for Cannelton, 1-4.

Cody Lawalin added 10 points.