Cameron Dragons Thump Wildcats
CAMERON — Cameron’s boys basketball coach Tom Hart says his Dragons are playing more and more like a unit every time they step on the court.
It certainly showed on Thursday night as the Dragons were connecting on every pass and had no trouble upending Paden City 77-22 inside Dragon Indoor Stadium.
Lance Hartley paved the way with 22 points, while Colson Wichterman drained four 3-pointers en route to 14 points and Cole Burkett and Trevor Beresford each delivered 12 points for the victorious Dragons.
“We’ve been sharing the ball really well,” Hart said. “We’re trying to look for the open guy. Our communication on defense is getting better. There are still some things we need to work on but we are starting to come together and gel. We’ve definitely seen the improvement.”
Paden City was sparked by Brandon Hizer and Shane Anderson, who each bucketed eight points on a night where Cameron’s defense was difficult to solve.
“Their press is tough,” Paden City coach David Riggle said. “They have 15 guys on their team and we have eight so it is hard to keep them sharp and focused when they are getting exhausted.
“They are really great at playing passing lanes and we could have done a better job of playing passing lanes by getting our hands up.
“They are a physical team, too. A 6-foot-7 guy (Beresford) – you have to deny him the ball. They did a nice job when we paid him extra attention by sliding a guy in on the backside and they took advantage of that. They are good at seeing the floor and moving the ball around.”
Cameron kicked off the game on a 9-0 run and finished the first quarter on 12-0 march thanks to its smothering pressure defense.
In the second quarter, Beresford showcased his height and inside skills with a pair of rim-rattling dunks as the Dragons used a 16-0 run and a 10-0 run to take a commanding 53-12 advantage at halftime.
Hartley netted 19 points in the first half, while Wichterman connected on a trio of treys en route to 11 first-half points and Beresford added 10.
“We started off forcing a few passes and were kind of rushing a bit but once we gained our composure we started moving the ball better,” Hart said. “I thought we passed the ball really well. Paden City was running some zone against us, so we were trying to get guys to be patient and look for the best pass and I think we did that (Thursday).”
Cameron opened the second half on a 7-2 spurt before handing things over to the bench in the final frame.
“We are a young team but I have faith in these guys,” Riggle said. “Brandon Hizer played with a level of fire that we needed (Thursday) and I’m really proud of him for that. He did well on offense and defense.
“Jeremiah Thomas is stepping into the point guard position and he does a nice job of seeing the floor. We have to do a better job of getting those guys in position to succeed.”