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Braves run to victory over Bulldogs 71-48

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON—Fast breaks and rebound baskets helped Tecumseh outshoot Cannelton for a 71-48 boys basketball victory Saturday.

Each team hit only 4 of 19 from three-point range. But Tecumseh hit 23 of 36 two-point shots thanks to four fast-break layups and four layups directly off offensive rebounds.

The Braves also scored several baskets inside on first attempts against Cannelton’s half-court defense.

On two consecutive possessions in the third quarter junior guard Devan Blair drove down the lane all the way to the basket for layups.

“That’s because he’s left-handed and we played him to go right, as if he were right-handed,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett.

Garrett also acknowledged that the Braves were faster than the Bulldogs, though.

“They’re one of the fastest teams we’ve seen this year,” he said. “And I think we were a little bit gassed (in the second half).”

Cannelton trailed only 17-13 after Ethan Herzog hit a long three-point shot to end the first-quarter scoring.

But Tecumseh went on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter. Kyle Fischer scored five of those points on an inside basket and by hitting 3 of 4 free throws after being fouled on inside shots.

The Braves led by at least 10 the rest of the way.

Cannelton never got a consistent attack going, hitting only 30.8 percent from the field overall.

Committing 22 turnovers and getting outrebounded 41-29 also hurt the Bulldogs.

“With this style of offense where we’re pushing the ball all the time, 15 turnovers is about where we need to be,” said Garrett. “Twenty-two’s a little much.

“And we just don’t block out. That’s been a problem of ours for six years. I must be doing something wrong (when trying to teach it).”

Spencer Herzog led 0-11 Cannelton with 14 points. T.J. James added 13 points and six rebounds, and Cody Lawalin had eight rebounds and six assists.

Fischer led 4-5 Tecumseh with 17 points and 17 rebounds. He grabbed 11 of the Braves’ 12 third-quarter rebounds.

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Tecumseh won the junior varsity game 70-21. Ethan Patton scored five points in one quarter of action to lead 0-7 Cannelton.