Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Boys B-Ball takes one

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

CMH 53
Hamilton 43

Crusaders pull away late in game
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Andre Bodden came alive at crunch time. Bodden, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward/center, scored six of his 11 total points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team to a 53-43 victory over Hamilton in a nonconference game Tuesday. It was the second victory of the season for Memorial, which snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 2-9 overall.

The Crusaders led 41-37 with 3:28 remaining in regulation, and responded to the pressure-packed situation with a decisive 12-6 run to pull away. Bodden powered the key spree with five points, including what became a critical three-point play with 22.3 seconds left. He stole the ball at midcourt, drove hard to the basket past two defenders, drew a foul and converted a lefthanded layup.

“We’ve been in a lot of really close games this season, so it was a good feeling to finish the job and come away with a victory,” said Bodden, who converted 5 of 8 free throws in the contest. “Even though we had a lead at halftime, we came out strong in the third quarter and tried to build on the momentum. “It was just a matter of everyone working hard to get open, taking the ball strong to the basket and hitting the big shots. That’s what provided a big spark down the stretch.”

Junior guard Ryan Taugher had a game-high 16 points, and junior guard Charlie Walsh followed with 14 points for the Crusaders, who made seven 3-pointers and 10 of 14 free throws. Freshman guard Ayinde Starling chipped in five points, highlighted by a critical momentum-shifting 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

Memorial coach Dean Bellanti was encouraged by the way his team maintained its intensity and focus for four quarters. “We showed good growth in the way we played together, moved the ball around the floor throughout the night and worked to break down the defense,” said Bellanti...

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