By Justin Whitaker
DANVILLE — From the opening tip, the Brownsburg boys’ basketball team was ready to go.
The Bulldogs cruised to a 75-36 victory Friday night over the Cascade Cadets in the semifinals of the Hendricks Regional Health County Basketball Tournament.
Brownsburg had 12 different players score, led off the bench by seniors Xavier Ringo and Jimmy Mescall with 13 points each.
“It was really good from the standpoint that everybody really got to play a lot and I thought that everybody that played, played well,” Brownsburg coach Ronald Nored said.
The Cadets struggled offensively with 26 turnovers and 7 of 25 shooting. Cascade had at least five turnovers in each quarter and scored only one field goal in the second and third quarters.
“Their athletic ability, their pressure on defense, we don’t see that very much during our season,” Cascade coach Chris DuBois said. “We knew they were going to come out and do that.”
Brownsburg limited clean looks as Cascade never found an offensive rhythm because of the defensive pressure.
Cascade’s leading scorer Hayden Suter came into the game averaging 19 points and was limited to just five points. Senior Ian Good and a host of other Bulldogs limited the junior to only two shot attempts.
“They had three to four guys guarding him and they just bumped him and held him,” DuBois said. “And they adjusted with officials and they did a good job with that. That’s one thing we talked about in here, he’s got to set his man up better. He’s got to set better screens, we’ve got to set better screens for him.”
After the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 17-10 with Trevor Lucas scoring eight points. Cascade turned the ball over thrice before its first shot attempt.
In the second quarter, it was more of the Bulldogs as they opened the quarter with 13 unanswered points. In the first four minutes of the second quarter, the Cadets had five turnovers and was 0-for-2 from the field.
Brownsburg took a 37-15 advantage into halftime.
Ringo scored 11 and Mescall added six in the second quarter.
For players who do not typically see much time, Friday night was beneficial for a lot of Brownsburg players.
“They do a very good job in practice and really get the guys who play a lot prepared,” Nored said. “But for them to be able to come into a real game with real refs against a different opponent is really good for them.”
Senior Eric Bobadilla was the only Cascade player to muster any offense in first half scoring 11 of the Cadets’ 15 points. Bobadilla got to the free-throw line nine times in the half and made seven of his attempts. He finished with a team-high 12 points.
“He was a bright point for us,” DuBois said. “He was mentally tough and took care of the ball for us.”
After halftime, Cascade did not record a field goal until 2:31 left in the third quarter when Daljot Bajwa scored off an offensive rebound and putback. Bajwa’s layup ended a 14-0 run.
Brownsburg advances to meet rival Avon for a shot at the county championship tonight at 8 p.m. It is a rematch from Dec. 14 when the Orioles beat Brownsburg 54-51.
In his first season, Nored is taking his team to compete for a county championship.
“It means a lot,” Nored said. “No matter who the opponent is, it’s a big game. We haven’t won one of these since 2008 when these guys won the state championship.”