Van Wertâ€™s speed dooms Braves, 69-37
DOUBLE DIGITS â€” Bravesâ€™ center Matt Chronister was the only light for the Braves against Van Wert as he finished with 14 points on 7-11 shooting.
VAN WERT—It was off to the races early and often Tuesday night for the Van Wert Cougars as they easily dismissed the visiting Bellmont Braves 69-37 in non-conference boys cage action.
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The Cougars of Coach Dave Froelich nailed their first three shots of the game for a 7-0 lead and never looked back. They continued their offensive assault against the Braves by hitting 18-26 (69.2 percent) of their first half shots and it was a 20-3 run in the second period that virtually eliminated the Braves from the game.
"Were there any highlights in the game tonight? I certainly didn't see any," noted a disappointed Bellmont coach John Baker following the contest.
Baker added Bellmont didn't seem to have an answer, particularly in the first half that saw Van Wert lead 39-15 at the half, for the Van Wert quickness and shooting ability.
"They got out on almost every play and ran in transition, all of them," Baker said, adding "we didn't step up and challenge their transition game and with the turnovers we had in the first half it seemed like we were just handing them the ball and off they went for a lay-up."
The lone bright spot for the Braves, now 3-5, was the third period as after a lengthy halftime chat with Baker (the Braves didn't come out of the locker room until 45 seconds were left in the intermission and didn't have time for any shooting practice), they managed to post a 14-13 scoring edge.