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|01-06-03: Perimeter shooting lifts Bulldogs
|By LYLE KITTLE
A balanced attack and a barrage of three-point bombs in the third
quarter lifted Celina (8-3) over Bellefontaine (7-3), 59-44, on Saturday at the
Brett Dorsten led all scorers with 19 points while Tim Homan was in
double figures with 17 and Joe Kanney added 10. Eric Ling led the Chieftains with 17.
"Those three-pointers were a major difference," said
Chieftains' coach Dan Furlong. "Our only real hope was to crash the boards hard if
they did miss, and when Kyle (Van Horn) fouled out, we lost our best rebounder and we were
The Bulldogs got a first quarter lift from reserve Tyler Rolfes, who
came off the bench to hit two late buckets that gave Celina an 18-10 lead at the end of
the first period.
The Bulldogs utilized some good defense to survive an offensive drought
in the second period. Dorsten scored all five of the Bulldogs' points in the second frame,
and only standout defensive performances o the perimeter by Scott Boley, Jeff
Vondrell, Rolfes, and Brian Gagle enabled the 'Dogs to make it to halftime with a lead,
"Brett did a good job in the post," Celina coach Mike Kanney
said. "We talked at halftime about being a little more patient and getting the good
shot. When Van Horn got his third (foul), we decided to go right at him. They put him in
the middle of that 2-3 zone, and we were looking to screen the wings and step right to
Dorsten and other Bulldogs often become the beneficiaries of Homan's
presence on the floor. The 6-4 junior commands attention and that will invariably free
"He's always going to draw a crowd," Dorsten said. "That
will leave someone open. I look to see what my man is doing and if he's the one
double-teaming Tim, I just look for an open spot and get there as soon as I can. Having
Tim on the floor gives us a lot of extra chances."
Dorsten scored inside to get the Bulldogs off and running in the third
period and the barrage started after Ling got a bucket for the Chieftains. Kanney started
the onslaught, burying a bomb from the right side. The Chieftains' Kevin Shields matched
Kanney's long-range shot with one of his own to keep Bellefontaine within six at 28-22.
Homan connected for two three-pointers from the left side and Kanney
followed those up with his second trey. Trailing by 15, the Chieftains tried to rally
behind Ling, but another three-pointer, this one from Rolfes, kept the lead at 15.
"I told the kids that they were going to get some good looks
against the zone," coach Kanney said. "We needed to get our feet set and take
the shot when it came. We did a good job of knocking them down in that stretch and that
made a big difference."
Ling scored the final six points of the quarter to cut the gap to 41-32
heading into the fourth period.
Bellefontaine cut Celina's lead to seven at one point in the fourth
quarter, but couldn't get any closer. Another three-pointer from the Bulldogs' Eric Rose
made it a 13-point game and dashed any Chieftains' hope at a comeback.
"We needed to be more aggressive on the boards," coach Kanney
said. "I wasn't real happy last night (against Kenton). We had some shots go up and
we just stood and looked at them instead of going to the boards and getting them. We need
to do a better job of that."
Celina is back in action Friday hosting Elida in a Western Buckeye
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