Although it wasn’t a very stern test, hopefully it was a good tuneup for the upcoming Mid-State Conference Basketball Tournament.
The Class C1 #4 Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals traveled to Battle Creek Friday and laid an emphatic and efficient 58-29 ‘whooping’ on the host Braves.
The Cardinals bolted to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter and never let Battle Creek creep into contention, outscoring the Braves by five or more points in every stanza. BC/NG shot 45 percent from the field (52 percent on two-point attempts) and 64 percent at the foul line, outrebounded the smaller Braves 39-28, had twice as many assists as Battle Creek, made 12 steals and blocked six shots.
Domination – pure and simple.
“We had a nice start to the game, scoring on our first four possessions,” acknowledged Card Coach Dan Zoucha. “We ran the floor very well.
“Battle Creek is a team that works very hard. However, we had a considerable size advantage inside and we were able to control the boards and discourage their inside players.
“For most of the game, Battle Creek played their 2-3 zone,” Zoucha noted. “We showed more patience and were able to get the shots we wanted.
“This is now a big week for our team. The Mid-State tournament is very competitive. We’re going to have to play some of our best basketball of the season.”
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