1/13/2013 2:35:00 PM Cambridge City goes perfect in FTs, beats Tri
By DAVE RISLEY For The Courier-Times
CAMBRIDGE CITY - When a basketball team is perfect from the charity stripe and outrebounds its opponent by double digits, its chances for a win improve considerably.
The Cambridge City Lincoln boys did just that on Friday night against visiting Tri and came away with a 68-51 victory.
The Golden Eagles improved to 1-1 in the Tri-Eastern Conference and 7-3 overall and hosted Union on Saturday before traveling to Cowan on Jan. 19.
The Titans dropped to 1-2 in the conference and 2-10 for the season and host Daleville on Saturday.
"Our kids battled hard all night," Tri coach Cary Ellis said. "Cambridge City is a really good ball club and I think we gave them everything they wanted. The score says it's a 17-point loss, but the game was much closer than that."
Cambridge City hit all 14 of its free throws in the game and controlled the glass 34-20.
"We always talk about hitting free throws, hitting layups, and rebounding," Lincoln coach Rodney Klein said. "When you do those things you can win a lot of games, and we did them in this game. I also thought Tri really played hard tonight."
Trailing 7-4 in the first quarter, Tri's Corey Lowder buried a trey and Jarrett Proctor hit a basket to give the Titans a 9-7 advantage with 2:57 remaining in the period.
But Lincoln went on a 16-0 run over the next 3:42 of play and took a 23-9 lead on two Grant Renforth free throws early in the second quarter.
During that onslaught by the hosts, Ben Singer drained two three-pointers and Tyler Klein and Renforth scored four points apiece.
"We didn't have many turnovers tonight," Ellis said, "but we made five in crucial spots during their run and in the fourth quarter. That sometimes happens when you're trying hard to make plays."
Bryce Hoffman finally broke the Titan scoring drought with a bucket and Lowder added a field goal to cut the deficit to 10, but two baskets by Singer gave the Eagles their biggest lead of the first half, 31-16, with 3:58 remaining in the second period. The hosts' advantage was 33-20 at intermission.
Singer had 13 points and Klein 10 in the first half to lead Lincoln, while Lowder led Tri with seven.
A basket by Renforth and another trey from Singer gave Cambridge City a 40-24 lead at the 5:41 mark of the third quarter. At that point, the Titans slowly began hacking away at the deficit.
Six points from Lowder, four from Hoffman, and three-pointers from Lance Sample and Proctor fueled an 18-8 run by the visitors through the rest of the third period, and Tri trailed only 48-42 entering the final quarter.
But after hitting eight of their 11 shots from the field in the third period, the Titans could muster only 20 percent marksmanship in the fourth quarter (3-of-15). The Eagles gradually built their advantage to as many as 21 points (68-47) with 1:38 left to play.
"We hit the shots in the third quarter when they had hands in our faces," Ellis said. "We had good looks and good shots in that fourth quarter, but they just wouldn't go down. Maybe it would've been better if we had had hands in our faces on those tries. I'm proud of our guys. If we play with this effort the rest of the way, we'll get more wins."
Singer led Lincoln with 24 points, including six treys, and also grabbed eight rebounds. Klein had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards, Renforth tallied 16 points, and Walker Shepherd scored 12, which included eight from the charity stripe.
"Any time you have four players score in double figures, it's a good night," Klein added. "Ben's our three-point ace, and when he's hitting them, it opens up a lot of things for us inside. Tyler got some of his points on put-backs after rebounds."
Lowder led Tri with 17 points, Hoffman scored 12 and corralled seven rebounds, Gabriel Lopes had eight points, and Proctor added seven.
Cambridge City also won the junior varsity contest 43-31. Kendall Riggs scored 10 points and Eric Underwood nine to lead the Eagles, while Rodrigo Contreras tallied nine points and Lucas Williams eight for the Titans.