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Boys Basketball: Defensive Effort Propels Indian Creek

Redskins Down Reds

February 1, 2012
By SETH STASKEY , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BELLAIRE - Two teams in dire need of a victory hooked up Tuesday evening in the All-American Village.

The invading Indian Creek Redskins, who had lost three in a row, righted their ship impressively by disposing of Bellaire, 51-34.

''I thought we played pretty good defense in the second half, which allowed us to pull away,'' Indian Creek coach Joe Dunlevy said. "I thought Bellaire's kids played well and played with enthusiasm. You look out there sometimes and Bellaire's got better players than you think.''

The Redskins found themselves trailing, 14-12, after one and clinging to a 22-21 lead in the middle of the second before Bellaire hit one of its droughts that rookie coach J.R. Battista has become so accustomed to watching his team endure.

Senior Derek Feller had the hot hand early for the Big Reds, draining three, first-half 3-pointers.

''I've said it all season,'' Battista said. ''We played well for long stretches, but we go into a drought where we get decent looks, but we just have a tough time converting.''

As the shots continually misfired for the Big Reds, the Redskins were able to capitalize on the offensive end as they went on a 23-9 run during the late second and through the third quarters.

''We have trouble coping at times,'' Battista said. ''We're a lot better at (coping) than we were, but Strike 1 still leads to Strike 2 for us. And that shouldn't be the case because it's just one strike.''

The Redskins' run was fueled by a 16-2 spurt in the latter part of the third. During that stretch, Dylan Hibbits found himself continually left alone for easy scoring opportunities. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the third.

Joe Bowers' return to the Redskins lineup after a bout with mono was also a welcome site for the Redskins, who've definitely dealt with their fair share of injuries and distractions since the start of the 2012 portion of their season.

''Wins and losses wise, it's been tough since we'd lost three in a row,'' Dunlevy said. ''I tell the kids that, from a basketball standpoint, no one is feeling sorry for them. We won't make excuses.''

Indian Creek stretched the lead to as many as 20 in the fourth.

The Redskins were balanced amongst the starting lineup. Bowers finished with 15 to lead all scorers. Shane Winland also finished with 12 points.

''Bowers is one of those kids you just love because he's the ring leader of guys who love to play and want to do anything to get better,'' Dunlevy said.

Feller's scoring was complemented by Sha'Heim Price, who netted 10.

Bellaire was charted for 16 turnovers, which was 10 more than the winners. The Redskins held a slim, 25-24 edge on the boards.

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