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LANESVILLE—Cannelton committed 30 turnovers in an 84-35 boys basketball loss to Lanesville Saturday.
The Eagles used a full-court press part of the game, but Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett said it was their physical play, even in the halfcourt, that caused the most trouble for his team.
“They were a more physical team than we were—that’s all it came down to.
“They took it right to us from the beginning. They were physical and just manhandled us into 30 turnovers.”
They turned many of those turnovers into easy transition baskets at the other end. “It looked like a layup drill for a while,” said Garrett.
The Eagles outshot the Bulldogs from the field 44.4 percent to 27.0 percent.
“Everything that could go wrong, went wrong,” said Garrett. “I think we could compete with them if we understand what we need to do.”
After falling behind 23-2 in the first quarter and 42-8 at halftime, Cannelton “started looking for little victories,” said Garrett. “We told them, ‘Let’s win this quarter.’ Or when we called a timeout, we said, ‘Let’s win these next three minutes.’”
The Bulldogs did improve in the third quarter, getting outscored only 19-16.
One bright spot for the Bulldogs was they got outrebounded only 37-33 after losing the board battle by larger margins in most games.
“We did a better job on the offensive glass,” said Garrett.
Tristan Simmons led the Bulldogs’ balanced scoring with 11 points.
Damon Powers added nine points and a team-high three assists. Quinn Duke grabbed eight rebounds.
Matthew Husband led Lanesville with 22 points. Tate Stilger added 18 on six three-point baskets.
Ryan Fulkerson grabbed 12 rebounds for the Eagles.
Cannelton fell to 1-5 while Lanesville improved to 3-2.
The Bulldogs will host their own four-team tourney Friday and Saturday. They will play Medora in the first round Friday at 7:45 p.m., after Cloverport takes on Columbus Christian at 6 p.m.