Gerber's 35 points, 22 rebounds lift Bulldogs

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By Larry Goffinet

EVANSVILLE - Chase Gerber dominated inside with 35 points and 22 rebounds as Cannelton beat Evansville Day 62-48 in boys basketball Tuesday.

"They were covering our shooters, so that opens up the post," said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. "And Chase plays well in the post - he's hard to guard down there."

Day School built a 14-9 lead in the first 11:07 of the game.

But Gerber scored eight of Cannelton's next 10 points--and had an assist to Dillon Powers on the other two points--as the Bulldogs built a 19-16 lead.

Gerber added 10 points and eight rebounds in the third quarter as the Bulldogs stretched their lead to 44-31.

Bulldog guard Tyler Aud contributed nine points in the last three minutes of that quarter, including two consecutive three-point baskets, after being held scoreless the first 21 minutes.

The Eagles cut Cannelton's lead to four points with 4:18 left in the game, though, as the Bulldogs committed a flurry of turnovers.

"We got out of what we were doing," said Garrett. "We weren't moving the ball and we weren't feeding the post, or we were waiting too late and throwing it into traffic.

"Then we put Chase down on the block and started feeding him again. And we hung on. This team's starting to show a little maturity."

Gerber hit 13 of 24 shots from the field--13 of 21 from two-point range--and 9 of 13 free throws.

Twelve of his field goals came from within 10 feet of the basket, including four on rebounds. He also hit one 16-footer from the corner of the free-throw line.

He also blocked two shots, made two steals, and had two assists.

Aud added 13 points and Michael Purcell grabbed seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs outrebounded the Eagles 48-33 and outshot them from the field 41.2 percent to 29.2 percent.

Forward Andra Rascoe led 0-18 Day School with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Cannelton improved to 6-9 with its fourth win in its last five games.

The Bulldogs will visit Hancock County for a 6 p.m. game Friday.

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Cannelton won the junior varsity game 31-30 as Cody Lawalin hit the go-ahead free throw with 15.6 seconds left.

Lawalin finished with 12 points for the 3-9 Bulldogs. T.J. James added 11 points.