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By PHILLIP BALL
LYNNVILLE—Cannelton was overwhelmed by Northeast Dubois’ size in a 63-38 loss in the Class A boys basketball sectional semifinals Friday.
The Bulldogs played a strong first quarter, hitting 6 of 10 shots from the field, including a banked in three-pointer by Michael Miller, as they built a 14-11 lead at the end of period.
“That ball might have left the gym if the backboard had not gotten in the way,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett.
After scoring the first bucket of the second quarter on a 15-footer by Quinn Duke, the Bulldogs committed turnovers on five of their next seven possessions to watch their three-point lead turn into a six-point deficit.
They also struggled to hit shots in the second period, often double-clutching against the bigger Jeeps who started a frontline of 6-foot-3 Cameron Riecker, 6-5 Tyler Haas and 6-7 Eric Dodson.
The 10-12 Jeeps blocked six shots for the game and altered several others.
“I thought in the first half we did the things that we game-planned for,” said Garrett. “We just had that stretch in the second quarter when we didn’t take care of the basketball and it led to layups for them.
“We also played pretty well defensively in the first half. We took away their cuts and limited their second-chance opportunities.”
The Bulldogs struggled to limit those opportunities in the second half as the Jeeps continued to build on their lead, grabbing five offensive rebounds on one possession alone in the third quarter.
Riecker, Haas and Dodson combined to score 30 of the Jeeps’ 34 second-half points.
“In the second half, they started pounding the ball inside and we just couldn’t contain their bigs,” said Garrett. “They were very quick leapers.”
Cannelton hit 32.5 percent from the field and 9 of 17 free throws for 52.9 percent. The Jeeps hit 42.6 percent from the field and 9 of 15 free throws for 60.0 percent.
The Bulldogs committed 16 turnovers to just seven for the Jeeps. Northeast Dubois won the rebounding battle 41-28, including 15 offensive rebounds.
“In the end, it was the same problems that have plagued us all year: too many turnovers, poor defensive rebounding and missed layups,” said Garrett.
Tristan Simmons led the 2-19 Bulldogs with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Quinn Duke added nine points.
Haas led the Jeeps with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Riecker added 20 points and Dodson blocked five shots.