WELLSBURG - Indian Creek endured a 14-minute span in the second half where it scored only nine points to upend homestanding Brooke 55-48 on Thursday night.
''I think it was two things,'' Indian Creek coach Joe Dunlevy said of his team's coldspell. ''First you have to give Brooke credit for the way they played. Second we looked fatigued to me. We tried to play a lot of guys. We were in a battle Tuesday with Harrison Central.
''We've had seven games, five of them on the road, and we're 6-1 so we're happy.''
Wallace (24) tries to get around the defense of Indian Creek’s Blake Roar (11) and Shane
Winland (40) on Thursday.
The Redskins got off to a quick start. After the teams exchanged buckets, Indian Creek scored nine consecutive points to build the 11-2 lead. Ultimately the opening stanza ended with a 16-6 advantage for the Redskins. Joe Bowers led the visitors with eight of his game-high 19 points, including two 3-pointers.
The teams went back-and-forth in the second quarter with Indian Creek eventually able to extend its lead by three points. Alex Young was the catalyst scoring six points, all on fast-break opportunities, including a two-handed dunk at the 5:51 mark that made the score 22-9. When the clock struck zero on the half the Redskins held a a 32-19 lead. Nick Breen was hot for the Bruins, scoring nine of his team-high 14 points.
Momentum swung early in the second half toward the Bruins who began the third quarter on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 34-29 with four minutes left. Unfortunately for Brooke it was unable to fully take advantage of Creek's shooting woes as it did not score again in the quarter. The Redskins mounted only a Frankie Kamarec 3-pointer the rest of the quarter themselves to maintain a 37-29 lead. Eric Johnson led the Bruins with six of his 10 points.
''The difference is our intensity level stepped up,'' Brooke coach Dave Reitter said. ''We said at halftime we were being out-muscled and out-hustled in the first half. We changed our defense in the second half, running a 1-3-1. We forced them to take some ill-advised shots, or when they missed an open shot we were getting the rebound.
''We started getting some good looks and they started to foul us.''
Until 2:52 left in the final quarter Indian Creek continued its offensive issues, scoring only four more points as Brooke chipped away at the lead. With 2:35 left the Bruins pulled within three on the power of an eight-point possession.
Hunter Wallace picked up a hoop and harm, and before he could shoot the foul shot Indian Creek was called for a technical foul. Wallace completed the three-point play and Vinny Pizzuti hit both technical free throws. The Bruins maintained possession and Wallace proceeded to knock down a 3-pointer to make the score 43-40.
Shane Winland then picked up what may have been the two biggest points of the game when he was fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass, setting up a 1-and-1 and he buried both, quieting the crowd and extending the lead back to five points.
''Shane's been really consistent for us,'' Dunlevy said. ''He's played a lot off the bench and he's probably played as much, if not more, than some of the starters. He's done a great job all year knocking down free throws. Plus he's intelligent, as they all are.''
The Bruins pulled within three one more time at 47-44, but foul shots by Bowers and Winland down the stretch kept the lead secure as the Redskins held on.
''They've been putting forth a great effort all year for us,'' Reitter said. ''It's only our third ballgame, but they've been playing hard and trying to improve every day. That's the key, to play hard, get better, and become more efficient at both ends of the floor.
''The thing is, we are beginning to believe in each other and play hard for each other, and trust each other so the wins will come.''