CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind.
The Seton Catholic boys basketball team hit the boards strong in the first quarter of Friday night’s Wayne County basketball battle at Lincoln High School, building an eight-point lead.
The host team made adjustments.
Ben Singer finished with 33 points, Evan Underwood established himself inside and shots fell in as the host Golden Eagles handed county rival Seton a 76-57 defeat.
Seton (4-5) outrebounded the Golden Eagles 10-5 in the opening quarter and scored the last six points of the frame in building a 16-8 lead.
However, Lincoln finished the day with a 25-24 edge in rebounds and 7-6 in 3-pointers, including four from Singer.
“We knew they’re a good team and they always go hard as soon as they hit the floor,” Singer said. “We knew we had to really hit the boards in the second half and keep attacking the basket and that’s what we did. It worked out.”
It started working in the second quarter when the Golden Eagles (3-3) outscored Seton 26-11, thanks largely to Singer’s 13 in the frame.
Also thanks to a strong rebounding effort from Singer and the Underwood brothers.
Singer brought down a team-high nine boards, while Evan Underwood and Eric Underwood each had seven.
The Golden Eagles used a 7-0 run to finally take a lead, 23-22, and leads were swapped the following three possessions.
Ian Bloom finished with 13 points, Evan Underwood and Trevor Gabbard each had 12 and Eric Underwood had six.
The Golden Eagles were a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.
They scored the first 10 of the second half, pulling ahead 44-27, then built the lead to as many as 22 points on several occasions.
” … I thought our second-half start was superb,” Lincoln coach Rodney Klein said. “I thought we did a really good job of keeping them from getting to the rim. Early in the game, we let them get to the rim too many times, which caused us some problems. But the second half I thought we did a better job keeping them from the rim, and obviously, we shot the ball pretty well.
“I thought we did a really good job tonight of distributing the basketball and making an extra pass. When you make an extra pass and you’ve got guys that can shoot it, then you’re going to play pretty well.”
Desmond Bane finished with a team-high 23 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals, despite missing time with foul trouble, while Tyler Dolesh had 14 points and Rhett Butler had 11, along with eight rebounds.
Seton is scheduled to host Hagerstown tonight at Earlham College.
Lincoln meets the Tigers on Thursday in the Wayne County tournament.
“They hit shots, we didn’t. They gave effort, we didn’t,” Seton coach Josh Jurgens said. ” … Hat’s off to them. They played really well. They shot the ball really well, they beat us to everything on the floor, they beat us to every rebound, hustle plays were all theirs.”