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CANNELTON—A 32-point second quarter helped Cornerstone Christian to a 71-62 win over Cannelton in the first round of the Bulldog Invitational boys basketball tourney Friday.
“They’re not bad—we just didn’t defend,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “They just filled it up. It’s easy to shoot when you have no ball pressure. They probably had five or six three-pointers that quarter.”
Cannelton held the Shelbyville, Ky., team to six points in the third quarter, though, to get back in the game.
The Bulldogs then scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to take a 50-49 lead.
“Then we quit doing everything we did to catch up,” said Garrett. “It was like, ‘We caught them—now the work’s over.’
“All of a sudden it went to 55-50 (Cornerstone’s favor).”
Cornerstone hit free throws down the stretch to hold the lead and made 23 of 26 at the line for the game.
Cannelton hit just 13 of 24 free throws and was outshot from the field 40.0 percent to 35.5 percent.
Cannelton did win the rebounding battle 30-24 as Brandon Cook grabbed eight, Elijah Littles seven, and Hunter Herzog six.
Cook led Cannelton scorers with 27 points and Tristan Simmons added 15.
Cook hit only 7 of 28 fro the field but made 11 of 15 free throws.
Cook also had five assists. He, Simmons and Herzog each made three steals.
Josh Woodward scored 31 for Cornerstone, including hitting 14 of 14 free throws.
Cannelton, 3-5, was scheduled to play Fox Creek in the consolation game Saturday.