Eagles perimeter defense gives Teurlings fits

By: SCOTT JOINER
Teurlings Catholic kept it close against Central Catholic’s boys basketball early on, limiting the Eagles to one-shot possessions.

That lasted all of about four minutes before the Eagles jumped ahead 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and the lead steadily grew from there en route to a 50-31 CCHS win.

The Teurlings (7-5) post players fared well early but the Eagles did a better job of blocking out as the game progressed, allowing them to pull away.

“What really gave us trouble is us not rebounding the ball,” Teurlings coach Jake Deuitt said. “They’re very athletic and if you don’t rebound the ball and give them second and third chances, bad things happen to you.”

Lloyd Grogan led CCHS with 18 points, eight steals, 11 rebounds and he took advantage of his free throw shots, going 4-for-5 at the charity stripe.

Dontrell Brown was one of three players with eight points. He added five rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Deuitt had high praise for the CCHS duo.

“(Grogan) and (Brown) are some of the best players in the state,” he said. “They could play on any team in this state and they can hold their own. They’re very good players.”

Eight Eagles scored in the win and all 12 players that suited up got into the game.

Most importantly, the level of intensity and defensive pressure didn’t waver when CCHS coach Ree Case called on his bench.

The scrappy defensive effort was led by Grogan’s eight steals but Brent Green added four and Josh Singleton added three more to the team total of 19 steals.

“I was hoping we could pressure them. I thought we played really well defensively,” Case said. “They popped it out and made us come guard them and I thought we did a really good job of defending. And in the second half, we finally started making some shots.”

Singleton had eight points, going 2-for-5 from behind the arc with five rebounds, seven assists and a blocked shot; Jovon Johnson came off the bench with eight points, a steal, an assist and a rebound and he went 2-for-4 on three-point shots.

“Tonight the bench played wonderfully. Tonight’s a game where you need them to play, because you’re playing so hard on defense that you’re going to get tired,” Case said. “To bring those guys off the bench, they play just as good on defense. In the second half, that’s why you start making shots, because those guys are fresh.”

Central Catholic (5-1) moves on to the semifinals of the Lumberjack Invitational and will face St. Martinville (5-6) at 6 p.m. today.

The Tigers beat Berwick (0-12) on Thursday, 50-13, and Case said he was impressed by what he saw and expects a tough outing for the Eagles in tonight’s game.

“They’re very athletic, a good basketball team,” Case said. “It’s somebody we’re going to have to again, defend. We’re going through a stretch where we need to show up and play every night. St. Martinville is a team that, if we don’t play well, is going to beat us.”

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