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By PHILLIP BALL
OAKLAND CITY—Cannelton had its worst shooting night of the year in a 70-23 loss to Tecumseh in the Class A boys basketball sectional Friday night.
The Bulldogs struggled out of the gate, missing their first seven shots and committing four turnovers before putting any points on the board.
“We got off to a terrible start,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “We had some layups that didn’t fall, we passed up some open looks, and we had unforced turnovers that led to some easy transition baskets for them.
“We knew exactly how they were going to play. They did nothing we didn’t expect—we just didn’t execute.”
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, their terrible start would only get worse.
After Quinn Duke hit a basket to cut the Braves’ lead to 10-4 with just over a minute left in the first quarter, Cannelton would go nearly 12 minutes without another field goal.
Tecumseh outscored the Bulldogs 22-1 in the second quarter and built its lead to 48-5 before Damon Powers hit a field goal nearly two minutes into the third quarter.
“Everything that could have gone wrong did, and we could not recover,” said Garrett.
Brandon Cook and Tristan Simmons, Cannelton’s top two scorers, were both held scoreless for the game. They were a combined 0 for 16 from the field.
As a team, the Bulldogs hit just 18.2 percent from the field, including 2 of 13 from the three-point line. They made 5 of 9 free throws for 55.6 percent.
The Braves hit 50 percent from the field and the free throw line and outrebounded Cannelton 48-24.
“I will take the blame for this one,” said Garrett. “I think that we tried to change too much offensively and defensively in too short a period of time.”
Elijah Littles led Cannelton with seven points. Larry Holman added six points and Quinn Duke grabbed six rebounds.
Alex Hall led Tecumseh with 14 points and Andrew Morris added 10 points and six rebounds.
Cannelton finished the season 8-13 after losing five of its last six games.
Tecumseh advanced to the championship game against Northeast Dubois with a 9-12 record.