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CANNELTON—Huge advantages in three-point shooting and rebounding carried South Spencer past Cannelton 65-32 in boys basketball Tuesday.
The Rebels hit 11 of 19 shots from three-point range while Cannelton went 0 for 24 from beyond the arc.
The Rebels outrebounded the Bulldogs 46-24. “They’re aggressive, strong kids and they attack the glass,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett.
“But they had four offensive rebounds off free throws. That’s just us not doing our job, and it’s collective as a team.”
Cannelton took an early 2-0 lead on a driving basket by center T.J. James, who scored six points in the first quarter on strong inside moves.
Senior forward Jeremy Kincaid then gave South Spencer the lead for good, as he hit a three-pointer and then made a rebound basket on the Rebels’ next possession.
Those two baskets pretty much set the tone for the game.
Cody Meyer added two three-pointers as the Rebels increased their lead to 13-6 in the first 5:35.
Meyer, a 5-11 senior guard, would hit 7 of 9 three-point shots and finish with a game-high 27 points.
If there was still any doubt about the outcome, the Rebels erased it in the third quarter when they hit 5 of 7 three-point shots as they expanded their lead to 51-27.
Meyer made three three-pointers in that period and Tristan Brown added two.
“They just stood out there and shot open jumpers,” said Garrett. “If they hit one or two, we’re supposed to go out and guard them. But we lost Meyer repeatedly.”
On offense Garrett noted, “We attacked them well the first quarter. Then all of a sudden we started going east to west instead of north to south.”
Senior guard-forward Tyler Aud led Cannelton with 13 points and 10 rebounds, though his scoring total was considerably below his 18.6-point average entering this game.
He took only one shot from the field in the first half, as the Rebels had him well covered throughout.
“They play good defense,” said Garrett. “They’re one of the better teams we’ve played.”
Cannelton fell to 1-5 while the Rebels improved to 1-2.
The Bulldogs will visit New Harmony Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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South Spencer won the junior varsity game 29-26.
Spencer Herzog scored 12 points for 1-5 Cannelton and Jordan Mattingly added eight.