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WHITESVILLE, Ky.—Whitesville Trinity used physical defense to hold Cannelton to 26.2 percent field-goal shooting and beat the Bulldogs 63-48 in boys basketball Saturday.
Cannelton guard Brandon Cook entered the game averaging 28.1 points per game, third best in the state of Indiana. But he was held to nine points—his first game below 18 this season—on 3 of 20 field-goal shooting, including 2 of 9 from three-point range, and 1 of 2 free throws.
In foul trouble much of the game, he played only 22 minutes before fouling out.
The Bulldogs hit 13 of 43 from two-point range and 3 of 18 three-point attempts.
“We didn’t attack the basket,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “We stood out there and shot three-pointers, and we’re not a three-point shooting team.”
Trinity hit a modest 39.0 percent from the field but outrebounded Cannelton 49-28.
A bright spot for the Bulldogs was they committed only six turnovers.
“They weren’t as quick as we were, so they didn’t press,” said Garrett.
Junior forward/guard Elijah Littles led Cannelton with 14 points on 4 of 6 field-goal shooting and 6 of 10 free throws.
Tristan Simmons added nine points and nine rebounds. Hunter Herzog grabbed seven rebounds.
Luke Merritt led Trinity’s balanced attack with 12 points. Max Lanham grabbed 14 rebounds and Zach Boehmann added 13.
Cannelton fell to 7-11.