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CANNELTON—Andy Chinn scored 30 points in the second half as Tell City pulled away from Cannelton for a 95-68 boys basketball victory Saturday.
Chinn, a 5-foot-10 senior forward-guard, was held to two points on 1 for 7 field-goal shooting in the first half.
That helped Cannelton hold the Marksmen’s lead to single digits most of that half.
The Bulldogs pulled within six, 48-42, on Dillon Powers’ inside basket and free throw with 5:35 left in the third quarter.
Chinn then scored 11 of the Marksmen’s 13 points in a 31⁄2-minute span as they increased their lead to 61-47.
He hit two three-point shots in that span, made three free throws after being fouled on another one, and hit a driving 5-foot shot.
He also scored 12 of the Marksmen’s 14 points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter as they expanded the lead to 81-59.
He hit two three-pointers in that span (one off the dribble), scored on two drives, and hit a jumper from the foul line.
He had an assist to Corey Young on a transition layup for the Marksmen’s other two points in that stretch.
Chinn hit 10 of 15 shots from the field in the second half, including 4 of 6 from three-point range, as he finished with 32 points.
“We did a nice job defensively in the first half,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “We did everything we need to do.
“Then we kind of forgot what we were doing. We lost Chinn from about the mid-point of the third quarter.”
Even though Chinn had a cold first half—and sat out eight minutes of it with two fouls—“the second half we’re going to get him the ball,” said Hayes. “The first half I think he just missed. But he’s a really good shooter and he’s doing so much better as far as distributing and driving.”
Tell City also increased its rebounding advantage from 19-17 in the first half to 33-13 in the second half.
“The first quarter we sucked—we gave up five offensive rebounds that quarter,” said Hayes. “We just did a much better job after that.”
Jamal Noland grabbed 11 rebounds, Jesse Stow 10, and Chinn six for the Marksmen.
Tyler Aud and Bobby Roberts led Cannelton with six rebounds apiece.
Fatigue may have played a factor in Cannelton’s worse defense and rebounding in the second half.
The Bulldogs used only seven players until the final minute while Tell City used eight in the first half and 13 overall.
“I think we were a little tired,” said Garrett. “We got flat-footed. “And we had a lot of open looks that didn’t fall.”
Tell City outshot Cannelton from the field 53.1 percent to 37.7 percent.
Tell City had five scorers between nine and 14 points to support Chinn. Young scored 14 and Jason Hackbarth added 13.
Jordan Rhodes had five assists for the Marksmen.
Aud led Cannelton with 25 points and Cody Lawalin added 13.
“Aud’s a very good player and I really think they’ve got a nice team,” said Hayes.
The game was Tell City’s season opener while Cannelton fell to 0-2.
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Tell City won the junior varsity game 66-14 as Sean Flannagan scored 19 points, Greg Hollinden 13, and Nick Kleaving nine.
Kleaving grabbed 10 rebounds. Trent Gunn and Trent Benningfield each had five assists.
Spencer Herzog scored six points to lead Cannelton.