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Cary's pressure downs Bengals

January 29, 2012
Tri-Nine Conference



FUQUAY-VARINA - Cary boys basketball coach Allan Gustafson didn't want to get into a full-court game on Friday at Fuquay-Varina. But the last-place Bengals, who have yet to win a game in the Tri-Nine Conference stayed close through the first quarter with Cary. And that prompted Gustafson to change his philosophy.

The Imps started to press, and Gustafson substituted freely. Cary didn't force many turnovers, but the Imps became energized and started to find their rhythm on both sides of the ball.

"Welcome to our year," said Gustafson, whose team came away with a 53-43 road victory.

The press hasn't always worked for Cary. In some lopsided losses -- the Imps had lost their previous four games this month by 14 points or more -- the press only opened up layups for the opposition. Gustafson was wary it would happen again.

"You give a team a couple of transition buckets, and they get confident. The last thing I wanted to do was give a team who is 0-10 (in the conference) confidence," he said. "But then I looked out there and said 'we can press these guys' and I just had the feeling we could. One reason why I like the press is because it picks up the intensity of the defense. I thought it picked up the pace. And once it picked the pace of the game up a little bit, I thought that was too our advantage."

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