Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Faith vrs Science - Faith Won!

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 70
Milwaukee Academy of Sciences 61

Crusaders win with third-quarter 17-3 run
Second-half rebounding helps
By James R. Hoffman, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Tough second half defense propelled Catholic Memorial.

After a porous start, the Crusaders gained to a hard-fought 7061 victory in a nonconference boys high school basketball victory over Milwaukee Academy of Sciences
on Tuesday. Memorial shut down its opponent’s driving lanes, forced it into turnovers and transitioned well into offense off its missed shots. Milwaukee Academy shot only 10 of 27 from the field against Memorial, ranked 11th in Division 2, in the second half after shooting 11 for 20 in the first half.

Memorial began the second half with a 33-32 lead, and that lead changed seven times in the start of the third quarter before Memorial went on a breakneck 17-3 run to end the quarter. Memorial’s leading scorer, senior guard Ty Sabin, started finding gaps in Milwaukee Academy’s defense and scored several easy baskets that got the rest of his team’s offense going. Sabin led the game with 22 points and added five rebounds and three assists.

“In the third quarter, the ball was moving and we were moving the defense, and then (Sabin) took
the ball to the basket, driving off the defense when it got off balance,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “Early on, we seemed to be, as an offense, staring at each other.”

Memorial’ eventually shut down Milwaukee Academy senior point guard Ladell Hickman and junior forward Juafonyay Lyte, who combined for 25 points in the first half. Hickman hurt Memorial on the perimeter – sinking five 3-point baskets in the game – and Lyte dominated the lane.

Lyte led his team with 20 points and Hickman finished with 19.

“They were our entire halftime talk,” junior Memorial guard Chandler North said. “Two guys were beating us: Hickman with his shot – he was dirty. And Lyte – anything
he caught down low, we were going to double- and triple-team.”

Memorial started running a fullcourt press in the second half and started pressuring the opposing guards much higher, making entry passes more difficult. Milwaukee Academy hurt Memorial off the dribble drive in the first half, but Memorial’s help defense improved and shut that down in the second half.

“We did a good job of helping low rather than helping (too high up the court),” Bellanti said.

After being outrebounded 12-5 in the first half, Memorial outrebounded the Novas 25-8 in the second – including nine offensive rebounds, of which four were put back in.

“Our focus is always defense
because turning defense into offense gets us our better looks and that opens up our entire offense,” North said. “We get a few more layups and more inside shots, then we start shooting better from the outside.”

North had 12 points, four assists and four steals while shutting down Hickman in the second half.

“(North) has been playing well for us,” Bellanti said. “He’s the guy who picks up the ball and gets it started for us, defensively. And he plays intelligently on the offensive end. (North) does a good job creating opportunities by his passing and his ability to see what’s going on around him.”

Memorial improved to 13-4, while Milwaukee Academy fell to 9-6.

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