Hot-shooting Boyle beats Lincoln

January 26, 2004|MARTY WARREN

Boyle County coach Andy Moberly had several good things to say about the way his team played against 45th District leader Lincoln County Friday night. But the one thing that he said over and over again stood out the most.

"A lot of things have been written and a lot of things have been said and people are counting us out," the Boyle coach said. "Our backs were against the wall. Either step it up a notch or hang it up for the season. We worked hard during our week off and prepared mentally to get back to playing the way we are capable of playing. Tonight was a step in the right direction."

The Rebels hit 55 percent of their shots - easily their best shooting night of the season - and their aggressive defense forced 11 first-quarter turnovers. That enabled Boyle to grab a 23-4 lead after one period and the Rebels never looked back while posting a convincing 62-47 victory over the Patriots here Friday night.


Three nights after one of its biggest wins of the season against Pulaski County, Lincoln could never get things going against Boyle.

"As well as we played against Pulaski County, we looked just as bad here tonight," Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson said. "Obviously, I didn't do a good job getting them ready to play. They took it to us for 32 minutes and kicked our tails. We have to get mentally ready to play every game and we let their physical play get to us. We just don't have that mental toughness right now."

Moberly said his team did something against Lincoln that it had not done all year - take smart shots. The Rebels were 8-for-11 from the field in the first quarter and 13-for-21 in the first half.

"Our defense created a lot of easy baskets tonight, but I was proud of the team tonight because they didn't take the first shot given to them," Moberly said. "We have taken up to 25 3-point shots at times this year, but we only took nine tonight. We wanted to run our offense and get layups or get good looks at the basket. I thought we did that."

Derek Vonckx and Blake Jones scored eight points each as Boyle raced to the early 23-4 advantage. The Rebels went on a 10-2 scoring run to start the quarter and a 13-0 run to close the stanza while Lincoln (9-8, 3-1 in 45th District) managed to hit two of only six shots.

"They did a good job denying the ball and we didn't make good decisions," Jackson said. "There was no reason for us to throw the ball all over the place. What it boiled down to was they came to play and we didn't."

Two baskets by reserve Brian Staed, a goal by Andrew Bertram and two treys from Jones, who led all scorers with 30 points on 10-for-11 shooting (including 5-for-5 from 3-point range), gave Boyle (3-9, 1-3) its largest lead at 35-10. The Rebels carried a 35-15 advantage into the halftime break.

Lincoln received four points from Nathan Norman and went on a 10-4 scoring run to trim the lead to 39-25 and trailed 43-29 entering the final frame.

Jonathan True scored five points and Chris Hart drained a trey to help the Patriots trim the lead to 11 at 54-43, but Boyle hit just enough free throws and received a goal from reserve Zach Cooley, two of 15 points off the Boyle bench, to secure the win.

Tempers flared after the two teams battled for a loose ball late in the game. Vonckx and Norman were ejected from the game as was assistant coach Dean Jones of Lincoln County, apparently for something that was said from the bench.

Both coaches had little to say about the melee.

"I didn't really see what went on because I was trying to keep our players from going onto the floor," Moberly said. "I certainly don't condone it."

"It was physical from the start," Jackson, who received a technical foul after the fight broke out, said. "When you don't control it from the start, you can't control it at the end."

LINCOLN (9-8, 3-1) - Kelly Reed 11, Nate Rice 3, Matt Reynolds 2, Chris Hart 10, Nathan Norman 8, Jonathan True 13.

BOYLE (3-9, 1-3) - Patrick Horn 4, Blake Jones 30, David White 2, Ian Young 2, Clay Carter 1, Zach Cooley 2, Andrew Bertram 4, Derek Vonckx 10, Brandon Smith 3, Brian Staed 4.

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