Turnovers contribute to Bulldogs’ 60-43 loss

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CANNELTON—Cannelton improved in several areas, but its 23 turnovers contributed to its 60-43 boys basketball loss to Shoals Saturday.
Cannelton Coach Mike Snyder missed the game with the flu. But after watching the game film he said, “Our defense was much better in the halfcourt but we still gave up too many transition points as a result of our turnovers.
“Our shot selection was better, but we are still shooting too many threes. We don’t shoot it well enough to shoot 13 of them in a game (the Bulldogs hit 3 of 13). We need to be about half that, six or seven.
“Free-throw shooting was still also below par (10 for 19). But the biggest difference in the game was the 10 extra possessions we gave them.”
Cannelton has struggled in rebounding much of the season but outrebounded the Jug Rox 26-21 as Rafe Garrett grabbed 10 and Ethan Melton added six.
The Bulldogs hit 12 of 20 two-point shots but their cold three-point shooting lowered their overall field-goal shooting to a still respectable 45.5 percent.
Shoals was slightly better from the field at 46.5 percent.
Garrett and Jacob Pearey led Cannelton with 15 points apiece. Melton added six on 4 for 6 field-goal shooting.
Cannelton played without starting guard and defensive ace David Reed, who is sidelined with an injury.
Johnny Sukop led 6-13 Shoals with 20 points. He hit 5 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 11 three-point shots, and 6 of 7 free throws.
Ed Neeley grabbed six rebounds for the Jug Rox.
Cannelton fell to 2-19.