TAC Badger cruises past Brookfield
The Braves used a 22-3 run to remain in the hunt for the league lead.
By DOUG CHAPIN
KINSMAN -- The Badger High basketball team outscored Brookfield 22-3 in a stretch from late in the second quarter to early in the fourth quarter Friday en route to a 57-43 Trumbull Athletic Conference victory.
The Braves held Brookfield to 0-for-10 shooting from the field while forcing six turnovers in that span.
The Warriors led 30-24 with about a minute to play in the first half and trailed 46-33 a minute into the final frame.
"At halftime, we stressed getting back to the little things to make the big things happen," Badger coach Bill Bogan said. "We talked about making the extra pass, setting the solid screen. And they grasped the message and carried it out on the court."
Leading the Braves: Josh Upshire led Badger (11-2, 7-2) with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Ryan Miller and Josh Klingensmith added nine points each. Brookfield (6-8, 2-8) was led by Ted Swogger's 12 points.
"Offensively, we're not there yet," Brookfield coach Chris Fahndrich said. "Their pressure got to us in the second half and we just were not able to execute to get the ball in the right position to be successful. And we had some breakdowns on defense too."
Bogan had good things to say about the Warriors' defense, which helped Brookfield recover from a 10-1 deficit at the start of the game.
"They played good solid man-to-man defense," he said. "Coach Fahndrich has done a great job. Nothing came easy for us in the first half."
Fahndrich would like to see his team put together a full game like Friday's first half.
"We are still learning how to become competitive. We still haven't put four good quarters together," he said. "But again, the effort was there tonight."
Gutsy plays: Two plays illustrate the Braves' ability to make successful plays.
With four seconds left in the second quarter, Badger's Brett Bell was at the line shooting two shots and his team trailing 30-26. He missed the first shot badly and was long on the second try.
Bell, however, stepped forward as the ball came off the iron, grabbed the rebound and scored at the halftime buzzer to cut the lead to two.
In the final minute of the third period, with Badger on top 40-33, Ryan Miller missed a 3-point shot at the top of the key and was knocked down. No foul was called, but Miller scrambled to his feet, chased down the rebound on the right wing and drove to the basket.
He was fouled while making his shot and extended the lead to 10 with his free throw. It's no wonder Bogan and his staff have such fun.
"These kids are fun to be with and to coach," he said. "All the credit goes to them. We give them an idea, a basic set on offense, but we can't tell them where the defenders will be. They do such a great job reading and reacting to the defense."