Boys Varsity Basketball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Nov 29, 2016
- PIONEERS: 54
KEWANEE HIGH SCHOOL: 59
By Daniel Makarewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org
November 29, 2016
KEWANEE -- Dissecting exactly how his team controlled both ends of the court in the second half on Tuesday night is something Kewanee boys' basketball coach Shaune Lewis easily could do.
"It was ball pressure," Lewis said.
Alleman simply could not handle it.
With their guards making penetration and passing a challenge, the Boilermakers rode the defensive pressure to a 59-54, come-from-behind win over Alleman at Brockman Gym. During the second half, the Pioneers, who held a 30-23 halftime advantage, committed 14 of their 24 turnovers.
"We had to take advantage of our guards being quicker and guarding them," Lewis said. "We wanted to disrupt the time of their offense."
Nine turnovers were forced in the third quarter, which featured the Boilermakers using a 20-9 run to build a 43-39 advantage. Juan Contreras' putback with 2:47 left in the frame capped the comeback and gave Kewanee (4-1) its first second-half lead, one it did not relinquish.
The Pioneers (3-2) had four field goals in the quarter and committed turnovers six times in an eight-possession stretch.
"We were content with the lead," said Alleman senior forward Nathan Graves, who tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds. "We played with less energy in the second half. They just came out strong. They just kind of took over."
Controlling the pace helped Alleman close the first half on a 14-4 run, giving it a 30-23 advantage. The Pioneers were efficient in the last four minutes, scoring on six of their final 10 possessions.
On the other end, Kewanee had one field goal and five turnovers in that same stretch.
"We weren't moving the ball and playing defense," said Contreras, who scored 26 points. "We went into halftime and got chewed (out). Then, we responded."
Both ends of the court in the last two quarters were controlled by Kewanee. Defense, though, is what gave it control.
"Their pressure got us one step quicker than we wanted to be," Alleman coach Patrick Rangel said. "Our guards weren't patient enough to let the game come to them. They let the pressure get to them."
Fourteen turnovers were committed and 10 field goals were converted by the Pioneers in the last 16 minutes. Kewanee seized its opportunities, maintaining at least a three-point lead for the entire fourth quarter.
What also hurt the Pioneers, who received 16 points from Jake Sheldon, was missing six of their nine fourth-quarter foul shots.
"This is about the first time where we saw a lot of breakdowns in a lot of subtle areas of the game," Rangel said. "You can't do that against a good, physical and quick team."
The tempo was dictated by Kewanee, which took the Pioneers out of their rhythm.
"In the second half," Lewis said, "we did a good job of disrupting what they wanted to do."
Pressure tends to do that.