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FERDINAND—Forest Park’s 12 offensive rebounds and 10 steals helped the Rangers beat Tell City 57-41 in boys basketball Saturday.
Though Tell City had a 36-32 edge in rebounds overall, the Rangers grabbed four more offensive rebounds. At least three times they got rebounds of their own free throws.
Tell City Coach John Hayes said that “absolutely” should not happen. “That’s what we just talked about (to the players after the game).
“I thought the first half we played great defense but the second half our intensity slipped a little bit. The second half we let (Grant) Welp and (Nathan) Bromm do too much—we let them get to places we shouldn’t have let them.
“Then on offense we didn’t get good shots in the second half. They pressured us and we looked to the perimeter too much. We’ve got to do a better job of getting to the basket.”
Forest Park’s pressure also contributed to Tell City’s 20 turnovers.
Tell City led 22-21 after Shane Weedman scored a press-breaking layup on a nice assist from Trent Gunn with 7:14 left in the third quarter.
Then the Rangers went on a 17-5 run, starting with a streak of nine consecutive points.
A three-point play on a drive and free throw by Zach Hulsman started that streak.
Bromm followed with a 14-footer and Welp made a transition layup after a Ranger steal, prompting Hayes to call timeout.
Forest Park’s Kyle Wilgus hit a 16-footer for the first basket after the timeout, though.
Later the Rangers got an unusual three-point possession to increase their lead to 38-27. Caleb Williams made one free throw and Hulsman scored after the Rangers got the rebound of the second one.
Trent Gunn and Nick Kleaving led Tell City’s balanced attack with 10 points apiece and Tyler Dauby added nine.
Dauby grabbed 11 rebounds and Weedman added eight. Gunn had four assists.
Welp led 2-0 Forest Park with 15 points.
Tell City, 1-2, will visit Southridge Friday at 7 p.m.
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Forest Park won the junior varsity game 42-30.
Chris Kohnert scored eight points for Tell City, 1-2.