Braves’ long range attack downs Eagles



The Class 3A No. 4 Brownstown Central boys basketball team was dialed in from long range against visiting Brown County on Saturday.

Draining 16 3-pointers in the contest, the Braves were one trey away from tying the school record for treys hit in a game.

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Hitting 52 percent of their shots from behind the arc, Brownstown Central downed the Eagles 85-47.

In the first quarter, the Braves built an early 17-8 lead behind threes from Cody Waskom, Zach McCory and Carson Lambring.

In a 1-minute, 40-second stretch early in the second quarter, the Braves sank five-straight threes — with two from Jacoby Shade — to go up 33-14.

The Eagles, however, orchestrated some theatrics to end the half, as Collin Hoskins hit a shot from half court at the buzzer as Brown County trailed 44-21.

Brownstown Central had nine 3-pointers in the opening 16 minutes of play.

“I thought we were really unselfish,” Braves coach Dave Benter said. “We had seven turnovers in the first half, and we need to take better care of the basketball. I told our guys that with the way we score the ball, if we cut it down to three turnovers, that probably would have been six more points in the first half with the way we shot the basketball. But we moved the basketball very well.

“Shooting is contagious. We started steamrolling and things went well for us.”

Brown County switched from a zone to press defense to start the second half, and the Braves adjusted accordingly.

The Braves opened the third quarter on a 11-0 run capped by an and-one by McCory.

Lambring sank three of his five total 3-pointers in the third, as the Braves led 65-36.

“After we turned it over on the first possession (when Brown County switched to the press), I thought we attacked it well,” Benter said. “We started getting the basketball in the middle and to the sidelines. It led to some easy baskets for us.

“It was a good game because we saw a lot of different defenses tonight. With three games this week we will see a lot of (different defenses).”

Braves junior Gavin Bane scored three-straight baskets in the fourth quarter, and the team ran away with the game with their bench on the floor.

Shade led the Braves with 16 points, while Lambring had 15, McCory scored 12, Waskom added 11 and Matthew Nierman scored 9 on three 3-pointers.

“We have a lot of scorers on this team,” Benter said. “There will be nights where our top scorers score a lot and others when other guys will step up.”

Hoskins led Brown County (8-6) with 14 points.

Brownstown Central outrebounded Brown County 30-21 on the night and had 10 turnovers to the Eagles’ 15 giveaways.

Tuesday, Brownstown (12-1) will host Mid-Southern Conference rivals Charlestown.

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