Butler County Boys Hoops Roundup
FEB. 2 - DAVID CITY 58, SANDY CREEK 42: “Our guys have really stepped up their game on the offensive end to help us be more successful here lately” said head coach Cole Carraher in comments sent to the Banner-Press.
“Luis Salazar and Josh Seibert are hitting shots outside for us at a much higher rate, and Will Danielson and Nick Ruth have been really efficient scoring the ball inside, posting up or driving to the basket. They are also really making great decisions in transition and finishing well. All four of those guys were averaging 10 points a game or more, so that makes it a little more difficult for our opponents when it comes to scouting us.”
FEB 2 - No. 7 (C-1) LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 65, AQUINAS 48: Zach Zavodny scored 20 points but it wasn’t enough as Lincoln Christian’s Justin Bubak scored 27 points.
FEB. 1 - EAST BUTLER 56, HIGH PLAINS 41: “It would be easy to brag about Jaden (Rhynalds), but Justin (Dvorak) did an amazing job,” said head coach Greg Jahde.
″(He) posted a double-double and had some good passes. We rebounded well and played good defense, other than the second quarter. Other guys like Dillion (Dewitt) and Josh (Malina) also stepped up their production.”
FEB. 1 - SHELBY-RISING CITY 66, BDS 54: “We did a really good job against BDS of applying constant pressure on them,” said head coach Grant Gabel. “We did some full-court and half-court work to cause problems for them.
“We rebounded much better in the second half and got some big offensive rebounds and putbacks. I thought overall our defense did a great job of keeping the pressure on, and our offense executed leading to some big shots down the stretch. In the end we were able to close out the game by hitting our free throws late in the fourth quarter.”
JAN 29 - AQUINAS 64, LUTHERAN HIGH NE 49: Aquinas got out to a 22-13 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
JAN. 29 - EAST BUTLER 54, MCCOOL JUNCTION 46: “We played well enough to win, but there were things we need to better,” Jahde said. “We shot decent, but turned the ball over way too many times and got crushed on the boards. We need to clean things up as we move into the last couple weeks of the season.”
JAN. 29 - MILFORD 66, DAVID CITY 41: “By the time we got to Milford on Tuesday night, I think we were a little fatigued and it showed by giving up a lot of offensive rebounds, and we didn’t give ourselves many second chance opportunities at the other end,” said Carraher.
“They’re a really good team, 16-4 for a reason, and when you give a team like that those second chance points, it’s going to be a long night.”
JAN. 29 - No. 5 (D-1) FULLERTON 84, SHELBY-RISING CITY 65: “They shot lights out against us. that first quarter was a sign of things to come as they put up 29 to start the game.” Gabel said.
“We were lucky to be down by single digits in the first half. We also shot really well there to start the game. Really, Fullerton did a good job of putting pressure on us early and making us work from behind right away. From there, they were able to control the tempo and we tried to crawl back but just didn’t have enough down the stretch.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net