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LYNNVILLE—Cold shooting by Cannelton in the second half helped Tecumseh defeat the Bulldogs 66-38 in the boys Class A basketball sectional semifinals Friday.
The Bulldogs scored only 10 points in the third quarter while Tecumseh added 15 to the board.
That allowed the Braves to expand their lead to 18 points by the end of the quarter.
“I thought defensively, we played well in the first half,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “We just didn’t do what we need to do offensively in the second half to stay with them.”
Overall, Cannelton hit 42.9 percent from the field (12 of 28) and hit only 2 of 14 from three-point range.
Tecumseh hit 52.1 percent (25 of 48) from the field.
The teams were close in free-throw shooting— Cannelton hit 12 of 18 and Tecumseh 12 of 19.
Playing an open style offense is something the Bulldogs have been doing all year, but Tecumseh was able to keep the pressure on Cannelton’s shooters and break down the passing, said Garrett.
“They were jumping all of our routes and looking for the players on the kick-outs. We just didn’t adjust.”
The Bulldogs started the game with a strong defense and an attacking offense that allowed them to take the lead early.
They scored the first points of the game and continued to build a lead with quick shots from Dillon Powers and Justin Dooley.
“We came out relaxed. We had a nice little lead; we were penetrating, we were pitching and getting the shots that we wanted,” said Garrett.
Tecumseh came back to tie the score on a three-point shot by Ryan Robison with 3:55 left in the quarter.
The Braves led 17-15 at the end of the first eight minutes.
Cannelton kept pace with Tecumseh through the start of the second quarter, tying the score twice.
But after a few quick Cannelton turnovers, the Braves were able to build a 13-point lead by the end of the half.
“They turned up the defensive pressure and we made a couple silly turnovers,” said Garrett. “They took the lead and we pressed from there on. They (Bulldog players) were just trying so hard not to lose.”
Although he was disappointed by the loss, Garrett said he was pleased with how his players handled themselves through the game and the season.
“They came to practice everyday and gave me 100 percent. I’m proud of them for battling.”
Dooley led the Bulldogs with 10 points, four points and four assists. Tyler Aud added nine points.
Senior forward Kreig Oxley led Tecumseh with 16 points and Adam Westerman added 15.
The Braves outrebounded Cannelton 29-13.
Cannelton finished the season with an 8-13 record.
Tecumseh advanced to Saturday’s championship game with a 15-8 record.