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Broadfording uses foul shooting to take down Hancock

January 19, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - The Broadfording Christian Academy boys basketball team demonstrated that the best things in life really can be free.

Free throws, that is.

The Lions hit 34 of 46 foul shots, including 18-for-22 from the line in the fourth quarter, to take down Hancock 57-46 on Thursday night.

And in the end, it made both teams 4-8 for the season.

The foul line became even more important as the score was tied at 33-33 after three quarters.

The Lions only managed three baskets in the final eight minutes but still outscored the Panthers 24-13 with the help of the 18 points from the foul line.

Junior point guard Devin Gourdine set the standard for Broadfording by hitting 16 of his 18 foul attempts, including 7 of 8 in the fourth quarter.

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Gourdine finished with a game-high 27 points.

"If you stay in the rhythm, you get your free throws," Gourdine said. "I just found my rhythm and stayed in it. I just keep my elbow in and shoot. When I get to the free throw line, I just feel pretty confident that I am going to make the free throws. I just think that they are going in and it works."

Spencer Leggett collected 12 points and five steals for the Lions, while Ethan Reynolds had 12 rebounds and five steals and Jacob Wyand pulled down 10 rebounds for Broadfording.

"We went to a 3-2 zone defense and we packed it in," Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz said. "We fronted their big men to try to take away their inside game. Patience on offense was another key to our comeback in the second half. Our patience allowed us to get good shots as we attacked the basket. That resulted in us going to the foul line many times in the second half. We were able to convert our foul shots successfully."

Steven Beaver led the Panthers with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Jacob Foreman added 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Josh Unger had six steals and four assists for Hancock.

The foul line was also part of the Panthers' undoing as they hit just 41 percent (9 of 22).

"We weren't ready to play," Hancock coach Ron Hose said. "We were flat. We wouldn't move our feet. Our defense tonight was terrible. On offense, we were 3-for-19 from behind the arc. We just had poor shot selection. We weren't patient on offense and we were rushing our shots. When we get to practice, we have a lot to work on."

Hancock blew a pair of eight-point leads during the game.

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