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By LARRY GOFFINET
CANNELTON—Rock Creek used a barrage of three-pointers, rebound baskets and transition layups to beat Cannelton 72-51 in boys basketball Friday.
The Lions hit five three-pointers, including four by Will Brown, in the first 13 minutes as they jumped to a 41-24 lead.
They also hit five transition layups—four off steals and one off a defensive rebound and outlet pass—in that span.
They were fouled on another transition layup and hit 1 of 2 free throws.
Cannelton never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
The Lions outshot the Bulldogs from the field 46.2 percent to 31.0 percent and outrebounded them 39-29, getting three tries at the basket on a few possessions.
Another telling statistic: The Lions had 17 assists to Cannelton’s nine.
“That was the difference—they were sharing the ball and we weren’t,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “If we’re going to win the sectional, we’ve got to have at least 15 to 20 assists each game.”
Brandon Cook led 8-12 Cannelton with 15 points on 6 of 18 field-goal shooting and 2 of 3 free throws. Tristan Simmons added 11 points on 4 of 18 from the field and 2 of 5 free throws.
Hunter Herzog grabbed seven rebounds and Simmons added six.
Brown, a sophomore guard, scored 21 for 8-14 Rock Creek.
Rock Creek won the JV game 35-30.
Michael Miller scored 10 points for Cannelton, which finished the season 3-10. Jayden Morris added six.