By Jeff Robison Flyer Correspondent
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — DANVILLE — Just five points seperated the Danville Warriors and Cascade Cadets boys’ basketball teams through three quarters Saturday night. But the Warriors ratcheted up their defensive intensity and rebounding advantage in the final quarter to pull away with a 65-46 win over the visiting Cadets.
The Warriors, who employed 6-foot-6 junior Luke Callahan as the point man in their half court press defense, pilfered six steals in the final quarter as Danville jumped out to a 15-2 outburst in the fourth to finally subdue the Cadets.
Both Danville coach Brian Barber and Cascade coach Chris DuBois had similar opinions of the final outcome.
“I think we wore them down a little bit,” Barber said. “Our halfcourt trap (defense) gave them some problems. We played a lot of different combinations, and got a lot of team effort. Everybody contributed.”
Dubois added, “At the end, we just didn’t execute very good on offense or defense. And (the game) just got away from us. We got down, and fought back with hitting some big shots. But Callahan caused us a lot of problems at the top of the zone, and we didn’t react well.”
In the first half, Danville was certainly the aggressor as the Warriors forced 15 Cascade turnovers and collected 13 offensive rebounds — numbers that should have added up to a bigger lead than the seven-point difference.
However, Cascade kept in the contest by being the better shooting team, hitting 45 percent (9 of 20) as opposed to just 34 percent (14 of 41) for the host team.
Both teams played their Hendricks County contest on the heels of Friday night wins.
Barber thought the back-to-back play could have impacted his team.
“We missed some shots that we normally make,” he said. “Playing on a Friday and coming back on Saturday always has a different look to it. With a lot of new guys and young guys, I was happy with the way we responded to that.”
Down 17-10 in the first quarter, Cascade came out strong and took its lone lead at 18-17 when Zac Butler collected a missed shot and went the other direction for a basket and free throw at the 6:21 mark of the second quarter.
The Warriors grabbed the lead back with its front line of Callahan, center Mitchell Collier, and forward Austin Anderson pacing a 13-0 run, leading to a seven-point advantage at the break.
Again, Cascade made another determined effort, and the Cadets pulled even as Hayden Suter found Colton Jones open for a jump shot that tied the game at 34-34.
“One of the goals for us in the game was to have the identity of being a good team,” DuBois said. “We just need to be a better team to play against better opponents. That showed tonight at times. That has to start at practice, being stronger with the ball and be able to take the contact.”
But the energy spent to catch back up may have been too much as Cascade faded the rest of the way, while Danville pulled out a little further.
Callahan scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, while the Warriors hit 9 of 11 field goals in the stretch run. Meanwhile, their defensive efforts limited the Cadets to six shots for the period.
Collier and guard D.J. Shipley joined Callahan with double figures, scoring 10 and 13 points, respectively. Jones was the top scorer for Cascade with 15 points, while Butler added 13. Callahan was also the top rebounder in the game with nine, one more than Butler’s eight boards for the Cadets.