Boys basketball: Boone pulls away to beat Wheeler
VALPARAISO — Boone Grove coach Matt McCay was just trying to stop the leaks in the second quarter against Wheeler, with his team mired in foul trouble.
“I had lineups out there I haven’t had (before),” the veteran coach said.
But his team stayed in the game, tied at the half, and played a second half to near perfection to hold off a hustling Wheeler, 57-48.
“We were able to get out and run and we rebounded better,” McCay said.
Point guard Dean Hill played extremely well, once he got off the bench, where he had been in foul trouble. Hill finished with 13 points, and added seven rebounds and four assists and four steals.
Those rebounds were a big key.
“Hill had three or four rebounds at the start of the second half, that was huge for us,” McCay said. “When we win, our guards, Dean and Danny, are able to do that.”
John Hogg led the team with 15, Dan Malhouhos added 14 and Jake Clapp nine.
“Hogg, Mill and Malhouhos are pretty quick to the basket,” McCay said. “Our guys are good at opening up a line to the basket.”
That’s exactly what Bearcats coach Tom Johnson pointed out.
“Boone Grove just executed their offense to perfection,” he said. “They kept getting the dribble drive.”
Wheeler had no player in double figures. Keith Barnes and James Miller each scored nine, Jeremy Truchan eight and Drew Heihold six.
McCay was also happy to hold the Bearcats to 48 points.
“It was a pretty good effort defensively,” he said. “We knew we had to come up with a really good defensive effort.”