Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

February 5, 2014

Bruins ride defense to 64-50 victory

By Ryan Palencer Flyer Correspondent
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — LIZTON — Behind a double-double from senior Austin Musial, the Tri-West boys’ basketball team defeated visiting Greencastle 64-50 Saturday night.

“It was (a good win),” Tri-West coach Adam Bontreger said. “We had a tough loss last night at Danville and in a lot of ways, it was kind of a bummer to our weekend. Tonight, we wanted to come out and really compete hard against Greencastle. I have to give them credit, they really played us hard tonight.”

Tri-West (9-4) started the game on a 15-7 run, but Greencastle (6-5) closed the quarter on a 5-2 run of its own and cut the deficit to five.

Greencastle’s momentum continued into the second quarter with a 7-4 run that cut Tri-West’s lead to two halfway through the period. However, this time, it was Tri-West who closed the quarter strong, claiming a 32-24 advantage at halftime.

Tri-West extended its lead to 11 after three quarters.

“To my kids’ credit, we made a little run there in the third quarter to stretch the lead out,” Bontreger said. “We were able to take it down the stretch. I’m happy to get a win. Anytime that you get a win, it’s a good day.”

After a quick 7-2 run, Greencastle cut the lead to six. However, that was as close as the Tiger Cubs would get, as the Bruins knocked down key shots late and took the 14-point victory.

Bontreger thinks the Bruins’ defensive intensity was a big part of the victory.

“We wanted to really pressure them tonight, whether it was the full court or half court,” he said. “Early on, we played a little 1-3-1 to try to mix it up a little bit. We lost their shooter a couple of times, but we wanted to make it a full court game. We feel like we have some pretty good athletes and in a game like tonight, we want to utilize that.”

Musial, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, said the victory was great for Tri-West’s confidence as the Bruins had lost their last two games.

“We were in a slump,” Musial said. “We had to bounce back tonight and we did that. It give us a little fire moving on.”

Tri-West’s Trevor Waite added 15 points and five rebounds and Jerriontai Ragsdale chipped in 12 points.

“We have been working all week, moving the ball around the perimeter,” Musial said. “We were able to do that well tonight.”

Holden King led the way for Greencastle with a game-high 21 points, while Brody Bollman added 16 — 14 of which came in the second half.

Tri-West will look to build on the victory when they battle Southmont (3-11) on Feb. 7.