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TELL CITY—Tell City’s full-court press helped force 32 Cannelton turnovers as the Marksmen won 70-35 in boys basketball Saturday.
“I think this group has a whole lot more athleticism than last year’s team,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “I think when we started pressing a little bit, obviously that was the turning point.”
Cannelton jumped to an early 4-0 lead as center T.J. James hit two free throws after being fouled inside and scored a field goal inside.
“The first two possessions Shane Weedman played behind him,” said Hayes. “After that I thought we did a pretty decent job on him.”
The Bulldogs had the ball again with a chance to increase their lead. But Tell City guard Trent Gunn made a steal and a layup to start a 12-1 run for the Marksmen.
Gunn scored again in transition to cap that streak and also made two free throws during it.
Mike Maddle added a steal and layup and a three-point shot from the corner. Tyler Dauby scored the Marksmen’s other point on a free throw.
Cannelton committed 15 turnovers in the first quarter and 32 for the game.
“We can’t withstand contact—that comes from not being strong with the ball,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “And we can’t simulate that kind of pressure in practice.”
Dauby, Weedman and Maddle led Tell City with 11 points apiece. Gunn and Sean Flannagan each added 10.
“I liked our balance tonight and I thought we passed the ball well,” said Hayes.
Cody Lawalin led Cannelton with 10 points.
Neither team shot well from the field, with Tell City hitting 34.4 percent and Cannelton 24.3 percent.
But Tell City took 27 more shots thanks to having 20 fewer turnovers and five more rebounds than the Bulldogs.
Garrett said he thought Cannelton rebounded well “at times, but we still have times when we’re flat-footed and we wait to get the ball. Tell City does a nice job of crashing the boards.”
Dauby, Weedman, Travis Jones and Greg Hollinden each grabbed five rebounds for Tell City. Spencer Herzog and Ethan Patton each grabbed eight for Cannelton.
Gunn made seven steals to tie Tell City’s school record set by Jared Sabelhaus against Hancock County Feb. 2, 2001.
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Tell City won the junior varsity game 75-16 as Chris Kohnert scored 16 points, Brian Arnold 13, Dayne Seibert 11, Brad Leibering 10, and Trent Benningfield eight.
Hunter Herzog led Cannelton, 0-2, with seven points.