The Boone Central Cardinals put together strong back-to-back performances last week, dropping a tough road decision to Columbus Scotus Thursday, Jan. 20, then bouncing back to knock off an 11-2 Ord squad that won the Boone Central Holiday Tournament in December.
Boone Central, 5-10, will travel to Battle Creek Friday before beginning play in the annual Mid-State Conference Tournament in Norfolk Feb. 1.
A Boone Central team that has struggled to score points in 2010-11 had one of its best offensive performances of the season Thursday at Scotus, but could not quite keep up with the hot-shooting host Shamrocks.
Scotus used a strong opening half and a 10 point advantage at the foul line to score a 68-61 victory in the Class C1 non-conference contest.
“We had one of our best nights shooting this season – unfortunately, Scotus had an even better night,” commented Cardinal Coach Dan Zoucha. “The differences in the game were the things we have been trying to improve all season – defense and rebounding.
“Scotus got to the line more than we were able to and we allowed too many second-chance points (15). They were also able to make six 3’s in the first half and that made it difficult to get back into the game.
“The kids played hard once again. Their overall effort was very good.”
Boone Central’s young basketball team may have taken a big step Friday night.
The Cardinals – who have played well, but fallen short against several tough opponents – used an impressive all-around effort to defeat a very solid Ord squad 49-35 before a boisterous home crowd in Albion.
BC took the early lead and was able to ‘seal the deal’ with a 20-8 closing flourish in the fourth quarter.
“This game was like many we’ve played this year – we have been close against some good teams,” Zoucha said. “Ord was 11-2 coming into this game and they had beaten some teams that had been playing well.
“While we struggled controlling the boards, we kept our three-quarter court pressure on the entire game, which helped us control the tempo.
“We are very proud of the poise our players had at the foul line,” he praised. “In our last seven possessions, we were 10-of-14 from the line and finished 17-of-22 for the game.
“We believe this game can help give us the momentum we need as we get closer to the conference tournament.”
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