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Lafayette Jeff boys basketball falls at Noblesville
December 26, 2013Lafayette Jefferson High School
As the players took to the court, it was clear that Noblesville held a distinct height advantage over Lafayette Jeff, and that played a large part in the Bronchos falling to the Millers, 63-33, on Friday night.
“Height is going to be a disadvantage every game we play — that is no doubt,” Bronchos coach Scott Radeker said. “We did a pretty good job last week with the height at Westfield ... we outrebounded them. Not so much this week.”
Seniors Devin Haney (6 feet) and Justin Gordon (5-foot-11) were tasked with containing Noblesville’s post players, John Kiser (6-4) and Jack Trittipo (6-8).
Trittipo’s dominance was on display to open the second quarter on back-to-back processions with rebounds and putbacks to give the Millers a 12-point lead.
“We have to play hard and all five (players) need to box out,” Gordon said.
Rebounding and points in the paint are key indicators of inside dominance. Both categories we skewed heavily the Millers’ way. Noblesville outrebounded Jeff, 29-10, allowing the Bronchos just three boards in the second half.
“Part of it was us not blocking out, and part of it was them being a little more aggressive than us,” Radeker said. “We just did not do a good enough job on the boards.”
Noblesville led wire to wire, though Jeff made a mini-run after starting the second half trailing, 38-20. Freshman David Hanyard found Haney open for a 3-pointer to spark a modest 7-2 run that was capped off by a Darian Collins layup.
Collins led the Bronchos with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Twelve of his points came in the first half.
“We came into the second half and did pretty good,” Gordon said of the game’s turning point. “We got three stops and made (three) shots in a row. After that, everything started falling apart. We started throwing more turnovers and were not boxing out.”
He pointed to Noblesville’s press and trapping defense as factors to derailing the comeback effort.
Those seven points in the first 2½ minutes of the third quarter were Jeff’s last until Quarin Hood’s jumper to open the fourth.
“I am always happy with our kids’ effort. What I was not happy with was our execution of our offense against their zone,” Radeker said. “There is a lot of little things (we) have to do better. We have to keep our game tight and stay fundamentally sound.
“We just kind of went brain dead offensively.”
Jeff was held scoreless for the game’s final seven minutes.
While the Bronchos have struggled this season behind the arc, shooting just 27 percent as a team on 113 attempts, they took just 10 (12 below the season average) against a team that controls the paint.
“We wanted to attack the zone and take the 3s that we could get out of the natural flow of our offense,” Radeker said. “We got a lot of shots in the paint, but just missed.”
Trittipo’s double-double, 21 points and 11 rebounds, led all in both categories.
“We have played some good spurts this year,” Radeker said. “I did not expect to be 2-4 right now. Going into the game, I thought we were making some strides and thought things were going really well with guys improving daily. Tonight, things just spiraled out of control, and we couldn’t stop it.”