WINTERSVILLE - Play good defense and get to the foul line and good things can happen in the game of basketball. The Indian Creek boys' basketball team did both of those things en route to a dominant, 50-27, victory over Buckeye Local Tuesday.
"I was real happy with our effort," said Indian Creek head coach Joe Dunlevy. "We always play hard. These kids just play hard. We have some veteran kids out there that play smart so they're in the right place at the right time.
"Part of playing great defense, is playing smart. Just being there in the right spot."
BUCKEYE LOCAL’S Tommy Hamilton shoots over Indian Creek’s Shane Winland (40) during Tuesday night’s game in Wintersville.
The Redskins held the Panthers to single digits in all four quarters, forcing them into bad shots and turnovers throughout the game.
"Well we got in early foul trouble, and then we had to go to the bench early, and Indian Creek plays great defense," said Buckeye Local head coach Jay Morris. "To score 27 points in a high school game you know the other team played good defense."
For the evening the Panthers were called for 26 fouls to the Redskins' 14 with one Panther fouling out and and three others recording four fouls. Indian Creek had just one player with three fouls.
The foul difference led to the Redskins doubling up the Panthers from the charity stripe - 20-for-28 for Creek to 10-for-14 for Buckeye.
"That was kind of a point of emphasis for us because at halftime of our first game we had only shot four free throws," said Dunlevy. "That didn't have anything to do with the officials, that had to do with us not going to the basket and attacking the rim.
"That's what we tried to do today. Bobby Knight used to say you want to make more (free throws) than the other team shoots, and you do that by attacking the basket, getting the ball inside, and that's what we did tonight."
With an 8-6 advantage for the Redskins after one quarter, Indian Creek began exerting its will over the middle two quarters.
Led offensively by Alex Young and Frankie Kamarec, the Redskins outscored the Panthers 32-14 over the second and third quarters to lead 40-20 after three. Young scored 13 points over those two quarters and Kamarec chipped in with 11 of his own.
The fourth quarter saw Creek cruise to a 10-7 advantage and both teams give minutes to their bench players as the game ended 50-27 Indian Creek.
Young led all scorers with 18 points, including a pair of electrifying dunks - the first for the game's opening two points on a fast break and the second taking the ball on the wing and going baseline for the jam.
"Alex is a special player," said Dunlevy. "You saw him on the football field. He kind of does the same thing on the basketball court he did on the football field.
"He's a kid that works really hard just like they all work really hard. He puts the extra time in at the gym. You don't have to tell him to, he's just there. They're all like that."
Kamarec added 12 points for the Redskins.
Buckeye Local was led by the duo of Brennan Czuchran and Kyle Michalo with 10 each.
Both teams take to the court Friday against Buckeye 8 rivals with Indian Creek (2-0) hosting Harrison Central while Buckeye Local (0-3) welcomes Martins Ferry.