Boyle goes cold in second half as Corbin rallies for victory

December 15, 2003|MARTY WARREN

For 16 minutes, Boyle County hit shot after shot and played excellent defense while forcing 18 turnovers and the Rebels led 40-31 at the half.

However, as the weather turned colder outside, it carried over to the gymnasium in the second half.

The same shots Boyle made in the first half didn't fall in the second and the Rebels dropped a 67-55 decision to Corbin in their season opener Friday night.

Boyle (0-1) connected on 14 of 37 tries in the first half and an aggressive defense forced Corbin into mistake after mistake and the Rebels led by as many as 14 at 40-26.

However, the Rebels managed to hit only 6 of 38 attempts during the final two quarters, and the Redhounds began hitting their shots or getting offensive rebounds for second chances.


Corbin led 8-2 barely three minutes into the game before senior Derek Vonckx scored nine straight points to give Boyle a 13-8 advantage.

The Redhounds (3-1) trimmed the lead to 13-10 following two Anthony Haban free throws, but Andrew Bertram drained a 3-pointer just before the quarter came to a close to give the Rebels a 16-10 advantage.

Senior guard Blake Jones, who led all scorers with 23 points, scored seven points as Boyle went on a 13-5 scoring run over the first two minutes of the second quarter to lead 29-15.

Corbin closed to within nine at 29-20, but Boyle responded again when Jones added seven more points to enable the Rebels to grab their largest lead of the night at 40-26.

Ryan Maguet scored three points and Jeremy Brock from 15-feet as the Redhounds cut into the lead at the half at 40-31.

Corbin began to gradually chip away at the Boyle lead in the third quarter and the Redhounds finally knotted the score at 47-47 with 2:09 to play in the period.

Jones, though, drained a rare four point play just before the quarter came to a close and Boyle led 51-47 entering the final stanza. Boyle managed to hit only four of 18 shots during the frame but managed to hold onto the lead.

"We had the same shots at the basket in the second half that we had in the first, but they just wouldn't fall for us," Boyle coach Andy Moberly said.

"Tonight's game reminds me of the game in 1984 when Kentucky played Georgetown. They hit the basket in the first half and only nine percent for the second half. That's what we did tonight."

Redhounds take control in fourth quarter

Corbin, however, took control of the game in the fourth quarter. Jordan Noble played like a man possessed while scoring 11 points and grabbing eight of his game high 12 rebounds during the period.

The Redhounds cashed 13 of 17 free throws during the period and hit three of seven shots, while Boyle was even colder from the field in the fourth frame, hitting only two of 20 attempts.

"We had awesome looks at the basket, but it was a tale of two halves," Moberly said. "People are going to look at this game and say Boyle County didn't play very well, but I thought we played super. Every one of our 3-point shots until the end were open looks and we had the right people shooting them. In any sport you play you have to outscore the other team.

"We did a lot of good things tonight, and we'll get better starting with Somerset (Saturday night). The only thing that disappointed me tonight was the fact they had 15 offensive rebounds. When they got them they either got to the foul line or they put it back in the basket.

"I played 13 people tonight and everyone of them played well. I would have liked for Derek to have gotten more playing time (he fouled out after playing only 17 minutes), though.

"The kids should be disappointed that we lost because we want to win every game, but if shooting is the thing that hurt us tonight, we can improve on that. The effort was there. The only advantage was in game experience where they had already played three games."

CORBIN (3-1) - Jason Payne 4, Ryan Maguet 15, Anthony Haban 13, Andrew Parks 7, Jordan Noble 18, Jeremy Brock 6, Isaac Mills 4.

BOYLE (0-1) - Seth Tamme 2, Blake Jones 23, Daniel Potts 2, David White 10, Clay Carter 2, Zach Cooley 2, Andrew Bertram 3, Derek Vonckx 11.

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