BROWNSBURG — Behind 17 points and seven rebounds from senior Hayden Suter, the Cascade boy’s basketball team defeated host Bethesda Christian 54-44 Friday night.
“I’m pleased to get a win,” Cascade coach Chris Dubois said. “We have lost 11 in a row. It is just nice to get over that hump. We don’t care how or how much. It is just getting over that hump and we did that tonight.”
After an evenly played first quarter, the Patriots (2-11) rode a 9-4 run to close the half and take a 26-19 halftime advantage.
However, Cascade (3-13) outscored Bethesda Christian 20-8 in the third quarter to take the momentum.
“We discussed some things at halftime and we did a better job in the second half of just playing hard and competing with them,” Dubois said. “They just outworked us in the first half. In the second half, I think that we outworked them and that is why we won.”
The Patriots began the fourth quarter on a 6-2 run to cut the lead to one, but that is as close as Bethesda would get. Cascade knocked down free throws and key shots to take the victory.
Dubois pointed to Suter’s leadership as one of the key’s to victory.
“Hayden is our senior,” he said. “He’s our leader and he is the guy who is averaging the most points. In a game like this, we are looking for him to do that. He settled too much in the first half. Then we adjusted and put him in some different places and he knocked down some shots for us.”
Though it was a tough loss for the Patriots, Bethesda Christian coach Justin Cook was pleased with the effort from his guys.
“They battled for 32 minutes,” Cook said. “That’s not something that we have done the entire season, but tonight, I was very proud of the effort and the desire. There is a lot of build on.”
Cascade’s Schulyer Hart scored nine points, while Zac Butler and Colton Jones each chipped in eight.
Jake Mlagan led the way for Bethesda Christian with a game-high 23 points. Aaron Hampton contributed 10, while Andrew Warrick had eight for the Patriots.
Cook said the success of Mlagan is aided by Warrick.
“(Mlagan) did a nice job,” Cook said. “I really think that his growth is due to Warrick. Andrew has really been a warrior for us. As Andrew is more aggressive, it takes the pressure off all the other guys. It relieves that pressure and we are able to hit on more cylinders. He’s really grown a lot in the last month and that has been big for us.”
Cascade will look to build on the win when they travel to Eminence tonight, while Bethesda Christian travels to Indianapolis Tindley.