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Cards take out No. 10 North Daviess

Friday, February 1, 2013

loomfield guard Jared Myers (left) dished out three assists as the Cardinals defeated North Daviess 39-26 Friday night at Glover Gymnasium. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
BLOOMFIELD -- North Daviess never got a sniff of the lead as Bloomfield scored the first seven points and cruised to a 39-26 victory over the Class A No. 10 Cougars here Friday night at Glover Gymnasium.

The Cardinals pushed their record to 11-7 and finished 6-2 in the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference. North Daviess slipped to 12-5, 3-2 in league play.

"This was a good ball game," said Bloomfield boys basketball coach Matt Britton. "North Daviess is a very good team and they have some really nice players.

Bloomfield freshman center Brandon Van Sant plays defense for the Cardinals Friday night at home against North Daviess. Van Sant had five points and five rebounds in a 39-26 victory. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
The Cougars came into the game scoring over 50 points per game. Bloomfield limited North Daviess to 28 percent shooting (10 of 36) and 19 percent from 3-point range (5 of 27).

"Our defense was outstanding," said Britton. "The kids really got after it tonight.

"We were able to get stops, get rebounds and contest their shots."

The Cards were equally efficient on offense. Bloomfield made 6 of 8 shots in the opening quarter and jumped out to a 13-3 advantage.

"That was probably as important of a first quarter as we have played this year," said Britton. "The kids knew how important those first four minutes were and they really responded."

Kyle Robinson, who is sixth in the area averaging just over 13 points per game, benefited from some nifty passes from his teammates. The junior forward made 9 of 12 shots and all four free throws as he almost outscored the entire Cougar squad, finishing with 22 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds, blocked one shot and had one steal.

"Kyle was a monster tonight," said Britton. "Our offensive execution was really good."

The Cardinals made 14 of 24 shots (58 percent) and connected on 85 percent of their free throws (11 of 14).

In the fourth quarter with the Cougars trying to get back into the game, Brandon Van Sant and Conner Dowden had back-to-back assists which led to baskets by Robinson in the paint, putting the hosts ahead 34-24 with four minutes and eight seconds to play and 37-24 at the 3:31 mark.

The Cards had 10 assists on those 14 baskets as Jared Myers dished out three assists and Robinson and Jesse Helms each were credited with two.

"Other than the Paoli and Loogootee games, this is about as well as we have played this year," said Britton. "The kids were really focused and ready to play.

"You have to be able to make important free throws to win games and we did that tonight."

Britton said he thought that freshmen Brandon Van Sant (five points and five rebounds) and Eli Combs (two points and a rebound) both played well, even without scoring a lot of points.

"This was a total team effort," said Britton. "We had contributions from everybody tonight."

Bloomfield essentially put the game away in the first half. North Daviess went on a 6-2 spurt to cut the deficit to 15-12 with just under two minutes to play in the second quarter.

The Cards then responded with a jumper by Ben Hays and two baskets inside by Robinson, putting Bloomfield in front 21-12 at intermission.

"The kids really responded well tonight," said Britton. "Any time we needed a big basket or a big stop, we were able to come up with it tonight.

"We finished 6-2 in the conference, which means we can finish no worse than second in the SWIAC. We also now are 7-0 at home and both of those things are big for this team."

Dusten Cook and Alex Wittmer each had six points for North Daviess. Senior guard Nick Crays missed 6 of 8 shots and finished with five points.

Bloomfield lost the junior varsity 59-17.

Clayton Burch led the Cards with five points, Jacob Pyne four, Parker Ramsey three, Evan Fuller three and Cole Deaton added two. Taylor Skinner, Jackson Stone, Drake Frederick, Conner Dowden, Eli Combs and J.J. Kingsley also played.

The Cards will be off until Tuesday, Feb. 12 when they play at Sullivan.

NORTH DAVIESS (26) -- Wes Lengacher 1-7 0-0 3, Adam Wagler 1-5 0-1 2, Kelby Byrer 1-2 0-0 2, Nick Crays 2-8 1-1 5, Tyler Hostetter 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Woodruff 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Wittmer 2-5 0-0 6, Dusten Cook 2-6 0-0 6, Scott Woodruff 0-0 0-0 0, Lane Heshelman 1-1 0-0 2, Austin Buehler 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 10-36 1-2 26.

BLOOMFIELD (39) -- Kyle Robinson 9-12 4-4 22, Jesse Helms 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Van Sant 2-5 1-2 5, Jared Myers 0-2 2-2 2, Ben Hays 2-4 3-3 7, Conner Dowden 0-1 1-2 1, Eli Combs 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 14-24 11-14 39.

North Daviess 3 9 8 6 -- 26

Bloomfield 13 8 8 10 -- 39

3-point shooting -- North Daviess 5-27 (Wittmer 2-5, W. Lengacher 2-8, Cook 1-5, N. Woodruff 0-1, Wagler 0-2, Crays 0-6), Bloomfield 0-0. Fouls -- North Daviess 14, Bloomfield 6. Fouled out -- W. Lengacher. Rebounds -- North Daviess 15 (W. Lengacher 5), Bloomfield 24 (Robinson 8). Assists -- North Daviess 8 (W. Lengacher 3), Bloomfield 10 (Myers 3, Robinson 2, Dowden 2, Helms 2). Steals -- North Daviess 6 (W. Lengacher 2, Wittmer 2), Bloomfield 2 (Robinson, Hays). Turnovers -- North Daviess 9 (Wittmer 2), Bloomfield 13 (Hays 5). Blocks -- North Daviess 2 (W. Lengacher 2), Bloomfield 1 (Robinson). Junior varsity -- North Daviess 59, Bloomfield 17.

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This is a nice win for the cards program. Seems ND is headed back to being average after a nice 4-5 year run. Anything wrong with the Crays kid? Five pts has to be near a season low when playing. JV different story. Wow

-- Posted by EvenPar76 on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 6:58 AM

This is the time of the year to be getting everything together. The last couple of games the team effort has improved, comparable to the first part of the year. Congradulations cardinals. Keep improving sectional time is in the air...

-- Posted by SCR3 on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 11:28 AM

Most of North Daviess's good players have graduated. Coaching??

-- Posted by Mr ABA on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 6:43 AM

Mr Aba - not for sure I understand your comment about coaching? Anyone with basketball sense can realize that North Daviess has been one of better teams in the southern part of the state for several years. Clearly, that turn around was led by their coaching staff. North Daviess is very well coached. Making this win by Bloomfield a great victory.

Don't try to downplay the win for Bloomfield and don't act like the ND loss was about poor coaching.

-- Posted by GCman on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 8:15 AM

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