Conventional wisdom has always called for teams to play their best basketball at the end of the season.
An improving Boone Central squad, with just one senior in 2010-11, seems to be following that guideline.
The Cardinals swept road games at Fullerton and Doniphan-Trumbull last week, giving them 5 wins in their last 7 outings and a 9-12 record with one regular-season contest remaining (Crofton, in Albion, Friday).
In the final game of a series dating back to the 1930s, Boone Central used a strong start to key a 55-40 victory over the Fullerton Warriors Feb. 8.
The Cards raced to a 16-7 first-quarter lead as senior Trey Sorell sank two 3-point field goals and scored 8 points. Sorell added another trey in the second period as the BC lead grew to 29-17.
“Two things that stuck out in this game – fewer fouls and turnovers,” said Coach Dan Zoucha. “This is something we’ve been stressing. We wanted to ‘clean up’ a couple parts of our game and we made a good effort.
“There were times we were close to breaking away, but we just kept plugging and got a comfortable win.”
Boone Central faced Doniphan-Trumbull in the first meeting between the schools Saturday and brought home a solid 57-43 win.
BC had another strong start, taking a 14-8 lead early, and an even better finish, blitzing the host Cardinals 21-8 in the final stanza as the backcourt of Tanner Mazour and Sorell combined for 14 points.
“Our main objective was stopping their dribble penetration and containing their inside players. We had a nice start and our defense did a great job of communicating and moving,” Zoucha commented. “We committed only 10 fouls and had 10 turnovers. We shot well and our shot selection was equally good.
“We had a stretch in the third quarter where we committed several turnovers, leading to D-T points, but we battled through it to be up by one. In the fourth, we were very disciplined. We were 8-of-9 from the field to close out the game.
“This was our best overall game of the season. Our effort and composure were outstanding.”
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