Boys basketball: Guards lead East Chicago rout of Bishop Noll
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent February 15, 2013 11:28PM
East Chicago's Jeremiah Ochoa drives in for a bucket past Bishop Noll's Jalen Hord at Bishop Noll Institute on Friday February 15, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:48PM
HAMMOND — East Chicago’s Anfernee Brown looked like a magician with the basketball on Friday night in his team’s 86-66 win over Class 2A No. 2 Bishop Noll.
Brown knocked down three 3-pointers in the first quarter, made a slick no-look pass to one of his teammates under the basket and found a way to drop the basketball in the hoop whether it was by free throw or field goal, just when it seemed like the Warriors (17-3) were trying to turn a corner.
The senior starter finished with a team-high 27 points, five rebounds and four assists in the victory, while senior guard Kenneth Lloyd added 20 points and sophomore guard Hyron Edwards recorded 16 points and a team-high six assists.
Coach Abe Brown said his team needed this win bigtime after losing three straight games.
“It’s like getting out of jail and finding your lady, after losing three games in a row,” Brown said about the win. “We needed this. We’ve been trying to turn the corner for a long time now and maybe this is what we needed to do that.”
The game went back-and-forth in the first quarter as the Cardinals (9-9) took a 21-20 lead after the first quarter. EC shot 5-for-6 from 3-point land to take the early lead.
“We talked all week that everything goes through their three guards,” Noll coach Drew Trost said. “I think when they started the first quarter hitting five 3s that set the tone for them and shook us up.
“EC played like the better team tonight. When you have three good guards that can attack like that… and they are very physical and their strength was a big difference. You could tell our youth out there.”
It showed in the second quarter as the Cardinals slowly began to take over the ballgame. But it wasn’t until the third quarter when their defense started leading to baskets as they held a commanding 65-51 lead with one quarter to go.
“We preached defense all week,” Coach Brown said.
“I think our defense created a lot of easy baskets for us. This was a big win. We usually dig ourselves a big hole in the first quarter and by the time we get back in the game in the fourth our legs our tired.”
Anfernee Brown said Lloyd stepped up big in this win.
“He’s our utility guy,” he said. “He’s like Super-Man. He’s never afraid to get down and dirty and he doesn’t take a play off.”
Larry Crisler led the Warriors with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists.