Host Buchholz defends turf
Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.
Like in any sport, when your offense is struggling, you better have your defense clicking or else.
Host Buchholz had enough defense for three quarters to stay in its game against Naples Golden Gate at Saturday's 13th annual Bobcat Shootout. By the fourth, the Bobcats' offense was clicking, thanks to their defense.
Senior Dedric Ross had 19 points and sophomore Bryan Chalifoux hit four 3-pointers and 14 points, all in the second half, as Buchholz rallied to beat the Titans, 47-41, at Bud Seymour Gymnasium.
The Buchholz-Golden Gate game was the second contest of the day, as Newberry topped Cornerstone 74-57 in the opener and Melbourne, ranked No. 7 in Class 6A by MaxPreps, dominated Eastside, 71-32, in the final game.
The only game that had any drama in it was the Bobcats and Titans, yet neither team showed much offense for much of the game.
“We got off to a slow start,” said Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski, whose team won both of its Shootout matchups to improve to 10-11 on the season. “Neither team has a great, explosive player that can take it to the rim. A zone is difficult to attack, and we had way too many turnovers in the first half.”
Consider this, the Bobcats scored more points in the fourth period (27) than they did the entire three previous quarters combined (20). In the second period, the two teams combined for six points and two field goals.
“In the fourth period, we were a lot more patient,” Horodyski said. “I thought Bryan's back-to-back 3-pointers kind of got us some momentum.”
Trailing by eight (28-20) heading into the fourth, Chalifoux's second 3-pointer in the final period put Buchholz ahead, 37-35, with four minutes left in the game. His third trey put the Bobcats ahead to stay at 41-39, and Buchholz converted on enough free throws down the stretch (6-of-8) to clinch the victory.
“Late in the game, our defense, especially from our guards, was great,” Horodyski said. “We are not a great offensive team to begin with and have to depend on our defense to win games. When the shots weren't falling, our defense never let it get out of reach.”
Keovis Brice led Golden Gate with 16.
NEWBERRY 74, CORNERSTONE 57: With the score tied at 27-all, the Panthers went on a 31-8 run, led by Tristan Kennedy (16 points), Monte Seabook (14) and Malique Neal (12), to cruise to their fourth win of the season. Jake Altom had a game-high 24 points for the Cougars (6-13).
MELBOURNE 71, EASTSIDE 32: Marquez Ross hit on three 3-pointers and had a team-high 16 points in a losing effort for the Rams (7-12), who were outscored 44-15 in the second and third quarters combined. Robert Booth led the Bulldogs (19-4), who won their eighth straight game, with 22 points.