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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Indian Creek’s D Leads Team to Victory over Bellaire

Big Reds in slump, now 0-6 on season

December 19, 2012
By BUBBA KAPRAL For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BELLAIRE - The defense never rests at Indian Creek.

The tenacious Redskins remained unbeaten, besting homestanding Bellaire, 53-29, on Tuesday night.

The victory was the fourth straight for Coach Joe Dunlevy's club. It also marked the third successive game Indian Creek has held its opponent to less than 30 points.

''This is a fun bunch to coach. The seniors are great group of leaders. They have been playing since sophomores,'' Dunlevy said. ''They are good players, good students and good young men.

''Our kids pride themselves on their defense, and they did another nice job at that end ''Bellaire is just going through a tough stretch but they are getting better.''

The Big Reds are 0-6 but even in defeat, Coach J.R. Battista's charges handled themselves well at times. They were sabotaged early by some faulty ballhandling while misfiring on many good shots.

The Big Reds visit Barnesville Friday night and walk across Guernsey Street to face St. John Central Saturday afternoon.

''Our kids played hard. They have all year,'' Battista said. ''Indian Creek is a very good and experienced team. That is the same bunch of athletes that helped them make the state football playoffs.

''Their skills level is better than ours right now. Hopefully, one day our skill level will get to that point.

''But we are making some positive strides. We are improving.''

Creek placed two players in double figures. Alex Young led the way with 14 points while sweet-shooting classmate Matt Furda delivered 10.

Rugged post Shane Winland battled for nine points.

Kenny Hess was the lone Big Red in double digits as he netted 14 points. Nick Patrone was his top support with seven.

Bellaire set the tone at the outset by committing turnovers on its first three possessions. Creek parlayed the Big Reds' miscues, six all told in the first period, into a 7-3 lead after the opening quarter.

The pace quickened in the second quarter, as the Redskins were red-hot from the floor. They dropped 9 of 12 shots to build a 28-15 halftime lead.

The Big Reds displayed some grit, hanging within striking distance at 30-22 midway through the third. The bottom fell out the balance of the quarter as Creek closed with a 17-3 run to build an insurmountable 47-25 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Creek sank 22 of 42 for a shade better than 50 percent. The Big Reds, meanwhile, attempted 25 shots, sinking 10 for a 40-percent night.

Bellaire finished the night with 17 turnovers compared to just 10 for the Redskins.

''The last three years of coaching these kids have been a blast,'' said Dunlevy, who rewarded his t

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