Boyle routs Casey

February 08, 2004|JILL ERWIN

It took 18 games, but Andy Moberly finally got what he wanted out of his Boyle County boys team.

Boyle clinched the third seed in the 45th District tournament by beating Casey County 59-35 Saturday night. Boyle did it with a little bit of everything - shooting, defense, rebounding and passing.

"What these guys showed tonight was a lot of maturity," said Moberly, the Boyle coach. "Coming off an ugly game against Harrodsburg and battling for the No. 3 seed against a district rival, they showed a lot of maturity and preparation."

Host Boyle (7-11, 2-4 district) shot 51.2 percent for the game compared to a measly 32.4 percent for Casey. Boyle had a 28-22 advantage on rebounding, and forced Casey into 22 turnovers.


"Boyle County doesn't let you get into your offense because they double on the basketball," Casey coach Shawn Conley said. "You have to find the open man quickly and pass it out. When we found the open man, we threw poor passes that either went out of bounds or to Boyle."

The run that sank Casey (6-13, 1-5) came in the second quarter. A basket by Charlie Fox at the 6:26 mark got Casey within two at 13-11 after it trailed 11-4 at the end of the first quarter. However, Casey wouldn't have another field goal in the half as Boyle rounded out the second-quarter action on a 15-2 run.

Daniel Potts, Patrick Horn and Derek Vonckx each scored four points in the run, which pushed Boyle to a 28-13 lead.

"We were up 28-13 and I told them if we were a team of maturity, we'd push that lead back out," Moberly said. "If we're not, we'll keep it around 15 points or give them an opportunity to get back in it."

Casey tried to take that opportunity, as Fox hit 3-pointers on back-to-back Casey possessions to get Casey within 12 at 31-19.

"We exchanged baskets at that point," Conley said. "We never could make a dent in the deficit by doing that."

Vonckx scored 10 points in the third as Boyle scored 18 of the next 28 points after Fox's bombs to open up a 23-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

Vonckx finished with a game-high 22 and also grabbed eight rebounds to lead all players, but Moberly said his senior forward should have had more games like this.

"It took 17 games for him to start taking over," Moberly said. "He played well, but that's what he's supposed to do. I'll praise him for it, but that's what he's supposed to do for us to be successful."

Boyle stretched the lead to as many as 29 (59-30) before Casey scored the final five points of the game.

Boyle was 21 of 41 from the field and hit 16 of 22 free throws (72.7 percent). Moberly was also pleased with his team's ratio of 11 assists to 14 turnovers, as Horn, Blake Jones and David White each had two assists.

Casey was 11-for-34 from the floor and 8-for-12 on free throws. Of those 34 field goal attempts, 18 came from 3-point range, but Casey connected on only five. Fox led Casey wit 15 points before fouling out.

The game marked the return of Casey senior Derek Vest, who partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Danville last month. Vest had six points and six rebounds in 26 minutes.

CASEY (6-13) - Dustin Johnson 7, Corey Dial 4, Charlie Fox 15, Derek Vest 6, Ben Barlow 1, Andy Canon 2.

BOYLE (7-11) - Blake Jones 9, Daniel Potts 6, Patrick Horn 6, Brian Staed 5, Zack Cooley 1, Andrew Bertram 1, Brandon Smith 2, Derek Vonckx 22, David White 7.

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