Boyle tops Danville 54-52

March 03, 2004|JILL ERWIN

STANFORD - To advance in the postseason, a team just has to survive.

Boyle County did just enough to do that Tuesday in a 54-52 win over Danville in a 45th District Tournament semifinal here.

Boyle (13-12) missed four free throws in the final 38 seconds, but the Rebels got the breaks they needed and made some breaks of their own to move on to the 12th Region Tournament.

"Hard work produces luck," Boyle coach Andy Moberly said. "Doing things that have been asked of you produces luck. When you work hard, good things happen to you."


The Rebels will go for their fourth consecutive district championship Friday when they face the winner of tonight's Casey County-Lincoln County game.

Boyle led 54-48 with 1:30 to play, but Phillip Dunn scored and was fouled. He missed the free throw, leaving Danville (11-15) down four. At the other end of the court, Dunn came up with a steal after Daniel Potts spun away from Chad Bartleson and into Dunn's waiting defense. Dunn made the layup to draw Danville within two with 46 seconds left.

David White was fouled with 37.9 seconds to play and missed the front end of the bonus, but the rebound went off Darius Baughman and out of bounds. Brian Staed was then fouled with 21.4 seconds left, but he also missed the first free throw.

Chad Bartleson rebounded it and threw it to Dunn, who raced the length of the court but missed the open layup. White grabbed the rebound and tossed a long pass to Derek Vonckx, who was fouled by Bartleson with 6.9 seconds left.

Vonckx continued the poor shooting, missing both attempts, but the ball caromed off the rim right to Boyle's Patrick Horn, who tipped it long to White outside the 3-point line. Boyle was able to run the clock out.

"We had our opportunities, we just made some mental mistakes and missed some key shots," Danville coach Craig Pippen said. "We didn't take care of the things we needed to."

Vonckx finished with a team-high 15 points, but it took him 15 shots to get it. Fellow senior and leading scorer Blake Jones was held to five points on 1-for-7 shooting.

"We didn't hold Vonckx quite as well as we wanted to, but we definitely knew if we were to have any chance to win, we had to shut down Jones," Pippen said.

White, Staed give Boyle a boost

But Pippen wasn't counting on players like White and Staed doing what they did. Each scored nine points and missed only one field goal. Staed also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and had two blocked shots.

"Dunn did one heck of a job on Jones, and we had people step up and do the job," Moberly said. "Brian Staed played a great game for us. I've been riding him and riding him and riding him about being aggressive around the basket. Tonight, he did that."

Boyle led 27-22 at the half, but Danville scored the first seven points of the second half to grab a 29-27 lead on Bartleson's 3-pointer. However, Boyle's next three field goals were 3s as the Rebels opened a 41-34 lead that they would never relinquish.

"Them stepping up and hitting those shots meant they were mentally tough," Moberly said. "They showed a mental toughness and focus to put the ball in the basket instead of backing down when Danville made their run."

Dunn made his final game in a Danville uniform one to remember, scoring 20 points and totaling four rebounds, four assists and two steals. He hit seven of 13 field goals, but just six of 13 free throws. Three of those misses came in the fourth quarter.

"Phillip has the heart of a giant," Pippen said. "He has a 'never-quit' attitude and it makes me extremely proud to have a player like that."

Darius Baughman added 11 points, and Steven Gray had a game-high nine rebounds for Danville. The Ads shot 39 percent (20 of 51) from the floor.

Boyle hit 19 of 45 shots for 42 percent, including 5-for-12 3-pointers.

The two teams combined to hit just 19 of 33 free throws.

"It wasn't a pretty game by any standards you go by in basketball, or in any sport," Moberly said. "At this time of year, you find a way to survive any way you can, and tonight, we survived."

BOYLE (13-12) - Patrick Horn 2, Blake Jones 5, Daniel Potts 8, David White 9, Brian Staed 9, Derek Vonckx 15, Brandon Smith 6.

DANVILLE (11-15) - Phillip Dunn 20, Ronnie Hawkins 5, Rich Witten 6, Chase Overstreet 2, Chad Bartleson 6, Steven Gray 2, Darius Baughman 11.

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