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COLUMBUS—Cannelton forced a faster tempo than Columbus Christian liked and beat the Crusaders 79-52 in boys basketball Saturday.
The Bulldogs led only 12-11 after one quarter. But they hit three quick three-point shots and a transition layup in an 11-4 run to start the second quarter, building their lead to 23-15.
“Now they’re wanting to play like we’re playing, shooting quick threes,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “I think they got caught up in playing our game, but I don’t think they like that fast a pace.”
The Crusaders hit only 25.6 percent from the field, including 3 of 25 from three-point range.
Two of their three-point baskets came late in the game, when the outcome had already been decided.
Cannelton, which is used to the faster game, hit 44.3 percent from the field, including 12 of 34 on three-point attempts.
The Bulldogs also hit 12 of 15 free throws in the last three quarters after making just 1 of 6 in the first quarter.
“We shot the ball pretty well,” said Garrett.
Cannelton also outrebounded the Crusaders 46-40.
The Crusaders did grab 18 offensive rebounds, though, compared with just 10 for the Bulldogs.
“We just didn’t do a very good job checking out,” said Garrett. “And they were shooting some long shots, which typically produce long rebounds.
“Plus we lost Dillon Powers early (he left with an ankle injury in the first quarter) and T.J. (James, the Bulldogs’ starting center) was in foul trouble. That left me with just one big (player) in there, Bobby Roberts.”
On defense Cannelton played a 2-3 zone. “We’d show a presence on the shooter, but I didn’t think they had the outside shooters that were going to cause a lot of damage,” said Garrett.
Justin Dooley led Cannelton with 23 points on 8 of 15 field-goal shooting and 4 of 6 free throws.
Cody Lawalin added 17 points and Tyler Aud scored 14.
Aud also had nine rebounds and six assists. James, Dooley and Lawalin each added eight rebounds.
Derek Roth led Columbus Christian with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Cannelton improved to 8-12 while Columbus Christian fell to 13-15.
The Bulldogs are off until March 6, when they will play Tecumseh or Wood Memorial in the Tecumseh sectional at approximately 7:45 p.m.
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Cannelton won the junior varsity game 41-37 as Jordan Mattingly scored 14 points, Spencer Herzog 10, and Ethan Patton eight.
The Bulldogs finished the season 3-11.