The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals went into Friday’s Mid-State Conference basketball match-up against visiting Battle Creek with several simple goals and, for the most part, met them in a 65-46 victory.
“The message to the team was energy and purpose,” said Cardinal Coach Dan Zoucha. “We believe we showed both of those against Battle Creek.”
BC/NG scored 21 first-period points, but led by only six as Battle Creek’s Zach Bellar knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and netted 10 overall points in the quarter.
From there, the Cardinals ratcheted up the defense, allowed the Braves just 30 more total points over the final three quarters and pulled away for the comfortable win.
“Battle Creek has a couple of very capable shooters and their quickness was one of the things we had to match up with in the beginning,” Zoucha noted. “We let a couple of uncontested threes go in and then switched up our defense a little. Overall, we thought our defense was pretty good. There are always areas we can improve in and we address those in practice.
“We were able to run the floor as we had hoped and our pressure helped force some turnovers we were able to convert into points. We had good effort and points from our bench and that helps tremendously.”
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