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By LARRY GOFFINET
LYNNVILLE—Brandon Cook had 27 points, 12 steals and 11 assists as Cannelton beat Bloomington Light-house 71-62 in the Bulldogs’ second game of the Tecumseh boys basketball invitational Thursday.
It was Cook’s first game with double figures in three main statistics and apparently the first triple-double in the team’s history.
“He’s doing a much better job of keeping everybody involved,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett.
Cook also used his quickness to drive into the lane frequently, hitting 11 of 16 shots from two-point range. “He didn’t hit anything outside of the paint,” said Garrett.
Tristan Simmons added 21 points and Elijah Littles grabbed nine rebounds. Hunter Herzog had 10 points and five steals.
Cannelton lost to South Central 75-62 in the first round of the invitational despite Cook’s having 25 points, six assists and three steals that game.
Several of his assists were nice wrap-around passes to a cutting Herzog, who finished with 19 points.
“I thought Hunter played well,” said Garrett. “He’s finally getting what we need him to do.”
Tristan Simmons added 13 points and Quinn Duke grabbed nine rebounds.
Senior forward-guard Kyle Pease led 7-2 South Central with 25 points and 12 rebounds. “We lost him at times,” said Garrett.
The Bulldogs were also hurt by their 21 turnovers (“a lot of them were unforced,” said Garrett) and not getting back quickly enough on defense to stop the Rebels’ transition game. “There are teams that release very well, and they’re one of them,” said Garrett.
The Rebels outrebounded Cannelton 41-26. “We got a little lackadaisical there,” said Garrett. “We stand and watch (instead of blocking out).”