WAYNESFIELD â€” One Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers recorded a double-double and another narrowly missed the honor as the Tigers took control early in their second win of the season.
The Tigers started out fast and forced a slew of Triad Cardinal turnovers as they outdistanced the Champaign County team, 72-53, in varsity boys basketball action.
â€śI thought we played pretty strong,â€ť Tiger varsity coach Ryan Taylor said. â€śDefense was good and our guys are pretty aggressive. We had good effort form Garret Hauenstein, Lee Turner and Dylan Little.â€ť
Tiger junior forward Lee Turner scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double, while teammate junior guard Dylan Little scored 25 points and cleaned the glass for nine rebounds â€” missing the mark by one board.
The Tigers defense limited the Cardinals in scoring and forced a steady flow of turnovers.
The Cardinals only managed to put up 14 points before halftime.
â€śDuring the first half Waynesfield-Goshen out hustled us and they handled the ball better than we did,â€ť Cardinal varsity coach John Millice said. â€śWe got to the basket a little more during the second half.
â€śThe kids did a good job penetrating but unfortunately we couldnâ€™t make that outside shot. Free throws helped us during the last half,â€ť he said.
Triad played better during the second half and made 39 more points but that wasnâ€™t enough to stop the Tigers as they still stayed ahead. The Tigers ran into foul trouble early in the third quarter which put Cardinals in double bonus.
Triadâ€™s Junior Christopher Nott made two 3-pointers back to back on his way to 10 points in the contest to give the Cardinals a glimmer of hope. Another 3-point shot was made during the fourth quarter by sophomore Seth Donohoe who had a total of nine points in the game.
The Tigers hope to keep up the fast pace as they face the New Knoxville Rangers on Friday at 6 p.m. at Waynesfield-Goshen.
â€śItâ€™s always tough going against New Knoxville,â€ť Taylor said. â€śWe always struggled in the past with them but we hope to turn that around.â€ť
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