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UPDATED: Miners rout Bloomfield

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Bloomfield dropped their first game of the year while the Linton-Stockton Miners remained unbeaten following a 61-39 Miner win Saturday night at Linton. Above, Bloomfield's Ben Hays (22) tries to find a way around the outstretched arms of L-S center Austin Karazsia (21). Watching the play are Keith Fulk (10), Sam Dyar (12) and Dess Fougerousse (32) of Linton-Stockton and Brandon VanSant (50) of Bloomfield. (By Rick Curl/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
The Linton-Stockton Miners have found themselves in an unusual spot -- off to a quick start -- thanks to a 61-39 win over visiting Bloomfield Saturday night.

It was the home opener for the Miners and it marks their best start to a year since the 2006-07 squad won seven of their first eight and two of their first three.

"We came out and got after them," Linton-Stockton (3-0, 1-0 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference) coach Joey Hart said. "We shared the ball, we had very good team play -- we had several guys step up, we're getting better."

The Linton-Stockton Miners claimed their third win in a row to open the year after they handed visiting Bloomfield a 61-39 setback Saturday night at Linton. Above, the Miners' Keith Fulk (10) sets a screen against Jared Myers of Bloomfield while Dess Fougerousse prepares to put up a shot. (By Rick Curl/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
This time around it was a pair of 21-point outputs by the senior duo of Austin Karazsia and Dess Fougerousse and an ability to shut down a very quick and potent Bloomfield offense led by Ben Hays.

"It's par for the course," Hart said referring to the performance of his two inside players. "We went through the highs and lows with them being inconsistent and they've been consistent so far.

"They pass the ball so well, it just makes the game so easy for everybody. Bryant Jackson (seven points, three rebounds) and Jackson Bohnert (10 points, five rebounds) had a great game for us. But Austin and Dess make it easy for everyone to have a great game."

Keith Fulk also added two points for the winners.

Hays was held to just 14 points in a losing effort. But it wasn't just the slowing down of the Cardinals leader alone that did the trick.

Linton-Stockton's defense allowed just one other player -- Kyle Robinson who finished with 11 tallies -- into double figures. They kept silent the outside shooting of Jared Myers and the inside points production from center Brandon VanSant and forward Jesse Helms.

"We've got some kids that are trying to defend at a high level," Hart said. "We're still making some mistakes, but we're making mistakes of effort."

They also kept the Cardinals defense, one that had been a thorn in the side of opposing attacks, in check.

"We've got to learn from this and mature as a team," Bloomfield (4-1, 2-1) coach Matt Britton said. "When you face adversity you've got to learn to stick to the game plan.

"We abandoned that and we took too many risks. Defensively the hurt us on the backside a lot and offensively when you force shots and commit turnovers good teams are going to beat you."

For Britton, the game boiled down to a second quarter that saw the Miners hoist a 21-11 edge to push the lead to 36-20 at the intermission.

"Other than the second quarter we pretty well played about even with them," Britton said. "The second quarter we made a lot of mental mistakes on the defensive end of the floor and they really punished us for it."

He referred to the four turnovers -- almost half of his team's miscues -- that took place in the stanza.

"We forced things offensively in the second quarter and turned the ball over an awful lot," Britton said. "You cannot do that against a team the quality of Linton. If you take the second quarter out of play, we really didn't do too bad."

VanSant finished with six points for the Cardinals while Helms added five, Conner Dowden two and Myers one.

In the junior varsity contest Linton-Stockton prevailed 53-48 in overtime.

Joe Dieball led the Miner JV with 15 points while Zach Johnson added 10, Drew Witty and Jacob Clothier scored five each, Calvin Allen three and Pierce Jackson one.

Evan Fuller led the Cardinals in a losing effort with 16 points followed by Dowden with 15.

Eli Combs added eight, Logan Bucher three and J.J. Kingsley two for Bloomfield.

Linton-Stockton will remain idle until Friday, Dec. 14 when they travel to Jasonville for a SWIAC game with Shakamak.

Bloomfield returns to action Friday when they host Clay City at 6 p.m.

BLOOMFIELD (39) -- Jesse Helms 2-4 0-0 5, Kyle Robinson 5-10 1-1 11, Brandon VanSant 3-11 0-0 6, Jared Myers 0-6 1-2 1, Ben Hays 5-15 2-2 14, Evan Fuller 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Skinner 0-3 0-0 0, Conner Dowden 0-1 2-2 2, Logan Bucher 0-1 0-0 0, Clayton Burch 0-1 0-0 0, Eli Combs 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-55 6-7 39.

LINTON-STOCKTON (61) -- Dess Fougerousse 9-15 2-3 21, Austin Karazsia 7-12 7-7 21, Keith Fulk 1-4 0-1 2, Sam Dyar 0-2 0-0 0, Jackson Bohnert 5-8 0-0 10, Bryant Jackson 3-5 0-0 7, Ryan Woodward 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Riggleman 0-1 0-0 0, Cody Kocher 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Riddell 0-1 0-0 0, Beau Eaton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-48 9-11 61.

Bloomfield 9 11 8 11 -- 39

Linton-Stockton 15 21 10 15 -- 61

3-point shooting -- Bloomfield 3-17 (Hays 2-4, Helms 1-2, Skinner 0-3, Myers 0-4, Fuller 0-1, Bucher 0-1, Burch 0-1, VanSant 0-1), Linton-Stockton 2-9 (Jackson 1-2, Fougerousse 1-3, Fulk 0-2, Dyar 0-1, Riggleman 0-1). Rebounds -- Bloomfield 32 (Robinson 8), Linton-Stockton 28 (Karazsia 6). Steals -- Bloomfield 4 (Myers 2), Linton-Stockton 5 (Bohnert 2, Fougerousse 2). Blocks -- Bloomfield 1 (VanSant), Linton-Stockton 3 (Karazsia 2). Turnovers -- Bloomfield 11, Linton-Stockton 8. Total fouls -- Bloomfield 13, Linton-Stockton 12. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- Fougerousse (hanging on rim).

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When was the last time the Linton Miners started out 3-0? IHSAA website goes back to 1993-1994, and this is the 1st time since at least 92-93 they have accomplished that! So at a minimum, first time in 20+ years?!? Congrats Miners!

-- Posted by agastro on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 9:13 AM

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