Bulldogs hold off Aces

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By Scot Sandage

CLOVERPORT, Ky. - Cannelton forced 27 turnovers to beat Cloverport 59-55 in boys basketball Tuesday.

"We played at a fast pace and had greater depth than Cloverport," said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett.

The fast pace set by the Bulldogs contributed to Cloverport's turnovers.

But, it was also their focus on fast pace that cost the Bulldogs a nearly 20-point lead over the Aces. As they continued to rush play in the fourth quarter, Garrett told them to slow down.

From a quick Cloverport turnover, Tyler Aud was first to score for Cannelton with a quick transition layup. He would go on to lead the Bulldogs with 25 points and four assists.

Michael Purcell added 11 points and Justin Dooley 10 for the Bulldogs.

Both teams were cold from three-point range (the Bulldogs hit just 2 of 19) but several layups helped Cannelton hit 30.9 percent (21 of 68) from the field overall).

Cloverport hit 38.9 percent from the field. But Cannelton controlled the boards, outrebounding the Aces 33-24. Ethan DuPont led the Bulldogs with nine rebounds and Purcell added seven.

The Bulldogs limited the Cloverport to two foul shots in the first half while hitting 5 of 9 themselves in the first quarter.

The Aces were assessed two technical fouls, one against a player and one on an assistant coach.

Aaron Pate led 0-14 Cloverport with 21 points. Logan Melton, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center, added 13.

The Aces have had a difficult season, as their head coach resigned early in the season.

Cannelton, 3-8, will visit Portland Christian of Louisville, Ky., for a varsity game only Saturday at 5 p.m.