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01-18-04: Bulldogs beat down Irish


Celina finished off a great weekend with a 68-49 win over Toldedo Central Catholic at home Saturday night.
The Bulldogs used an aggressive defense and red-hot shooting to down the Irish.
Central, a perimeter led team, rarely got an open look from outside while the Bulldogs blistered the nets by shooting 62 percent (26-for-42) from the field.
The Irish missed their first nine shots from behind the three-point arc while Celina connected on 8-of-16 from three-point range.
“That was huge, actually, I don’t know how many people know us around here, but three-point shooting is usually what makes us click,” said first-year Central coach Paul Patterson. “We just couldn’t hit anything, and the Celina kids shot the lights out. They’re just a very nice ball club. We saw some of the better players we’ve seen all year.”
To see Central’s struggles, you had to look no farther then the Irish’s top two scorers.
Dan Amato, Central’s top threat, missed his first six three-point attempts while Zach Hartle finished with seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Amato finished with 20 points, but the majority of his points came after the Irish were out of the game.
“We knew Toledo was a very good basketball team, and we talked about coming out and focusing defensively on guarding their shooters, they had some very nice perimeter shooters and they had some nice big kids,” said Celina coach Mike Kanney. “I thought we did a decent job of guarding them early in the game. We got out to an early lead and the kids did a nice job throughout the game guarding Amato.”
The Irish finished by making 19-of-49 shots, a 39-percent clip.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs offense was machine like, busting the Irish with backdoor layups which would eventually lead to wide open looks from behind the arc.
Tim Homan helped loosen up the outside by throwing down a two-handed dunk on a back door cut for the game’s opening score.
A Homan three-pointer and an Adam Tindall bucket had Celina out to a quick 7-0 lead.
Homan was then fouled on a three-point attempt, and when he hit all three free throws the Bulldogs were up 10-2.
“The coaches were talking downstairs, and he’s (Homan) one of the top two kids we’ve faced all year,” Patterson said. “The other is B.J. Raymond from Toledo St. John’s, and I told the kids to try and not be too discouraged, because he’s (Homan) a college basketball player.”
Homan finished with 28 points, four shy of his career-high on 11-of-16 shooting from the field.
Celina finished the first quarter with a 16-8 lead and went into the half up 11 at 31-20.
The Bulldogs defense stayed focused in the second half, and a Scott Boley steal and assist to Joe Kanney made it 35-20 in Celina’s favor.
Kanney then finished off Celina’s 7-0 run to start the third by draining a three-pointer.
Kanney finished with eight points, and was one of five Bulldogs to connect from behind the three-point arc.
Boley hit two from three-point range as he finished with 11 points. Brian Geise and Brian Gagle both hit threes, and the duo combined for 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field.
“I thought offensively we moved well, we had good spacing and the kids did a good job of looking for each other,” Kanney said. “When you do that you’re going to score some point and I thought we did a nice job.”
The win improves Celina to 9-2 while Central falls to 6-5.
“Good weekend, we know we have a dog fight next week going to Elida,” Kanney said.


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