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Zone chills Bronchos Class 4A No. 5 Brownsburg - Holds Jeff to 10 second-half points
February 24, 2014Lafayette Jefferson High School
Lafayette Jeff could not match the outside and inside firepower of Class 4A No. 5 Brownsburg, which reeled off a big run just before halftime Friday night to claim a 60-31 victory over the Bronchos at the Crawley Center.
The Bulldogs (17-2) extended their winning streak to eight but trailed 13-10 after one quarter and 21-20 with 2:20 to go until halftime.
Quarin Hood scored 11 of his game-high 14 points in that stretch, but the Bronchos (5-15) would be shut out over the final two minutes. Darrian Ringo knocked down two 3-point shots and Trevor Lucas another to give the Bulldogs a 29-21 halftime lead.
“They had us stymied the entire first quarter,” Brownsburg coach Steve Lynch said. “We struggled guarding them and we had a hard time finding ways to score. I thought we settled in more in the second quarter and made some shots down the stretch and they created opportunities for their teammates.”
Lafayette Jeff coach Scott Radeker said he knew the first half was an opportunity lost. The Bronchos only scored 10 points against Brownsburg’s suffocating 2-3 zone in the final 16 minutes.
Lucas led Brownsburg with 13 points and Ringo added 11, as they made six of the Bulldogs 10 3-point shots between them. Jordache Mavunga and K.J. Walton added 10 points each.
“We saw on film that they were a streaky 3-point shooting team but they put on a great display right before the half,” Radeker said. “I thought we panicked a little bit when they started making 3s and we didn’t run our offense and took some quick shots. We should have taken the last shot of the half.”
The Bulldogs outscored Jeff 19-6 in the third quarter as Lucas sparked a 10-3 run with a driving layup and a 3-pointer. Brownsburg stayed with its zone, preventing the Bronchos from getting anything easy inside.
“We’re a pretty strong and physical team, and I think our kids were able to sustain their play,” Lynch said. “I don’t know if we actually wore them down, but I thought we were able to stay strong and get some easy inside baskets.”
Radeker said the Bronchos made too many unforced errors to keep up with the Bulldogs but he said he believed his team will bounce back from the loss.
“We’ve rarely had to get on them about work ethic and it’s been a pleasure to coach this team,” Radeker said. “I keep telling them that it’s going pay off. Maybe it’s in sectionals and we end somebody’s dream. They are going to keep hanging in there and there’s still time to get better.”