The Boone Central Cardinals saw their four-game win streak screech to a halt this past weekend with a tough road loss and a home court heartbreaker.
“This weekend was very disappointing for our team,” said Coach Dan Zoucha. “We felt we were well-prepared for O’Neill and Wayne.”
The host O’Neill Eagles sank 13 free throws in a 21-point fourth quarter to hold off Boone Central in a 65-54 Mid-State Conference clash Friday.
“Very poor defense and rebounding early set us back in this game,” Zoucha noted. “We were only able to come up with four rebounds in the first half while O’Neill hit the boards very well.
“The most damaging aspect of the game was the number of points O’Neill got off layups. We stressed that we had to stop penetration, but our one-on-one defense and help defense were very poor.”
In a physical, nip-and-tuck Mid-State donnybrook in Albion Saturday, Wayne used a pair of Grant Anderson free throws with eight seconds to play to steal a 37-36 victory over the Cardinals.
Boone Central had edged ahead on Brett Temme’s three-point field goal moments earlier, but Anderson dropped his free throws after being fouled on a drive to the basket and Temme’s last-second heave from the top of the key fell just short.
A solid defensive and rebounding effort by the Cardinals went for naught as BC made just 7-of-41 two-point field goal attempts, 2-of-14 three-point tries and 16-of-31 free throws.
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