A few thoughts and observations from Tuesday’s first-round games at the Class 3A Princeton Sectional. Bosse blew out Gibson Southern and the host Tigers pulled away from Boonville late.
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— Bosse’s trapping zone defenses created complete havoc for Gibson Southern. Bosse coach Shane Burkhart said he usually prefers solid man-to-man defense, but the Bulldogs could be rewarded by continuing to go zone in the postseason.
Bosse forced 22 turnovers — including 10 during a second-quarter blitz — and turned those into easy baskets on the other end. The Bulldogs’ quickness is ideal for trapping defenses and several players displayed good anticipation in getting into passing lanes for steals and deflections.
— Boonville played awfully well for a one-win team. The Pioneers finished 1-21 after their 57-43 loss to Princeton, but flashed some talent and stuck around for most of the game against the heavily favored Tigers.
Sophomore Ryan Nance scored 16 points in the first three quarters and displayed a smooth left-handed shooting stroke and crafty moves to create shots. Senior guard Justin Beard showed capable ball-handling skills and helped Boonville get decent looks against an aggressive Princeton defense.
— I was impressed with the post presence of 6-foot-5 Princeton center Kinzer Havill, who scored a game-high 23 points on 11 made field goals.
He had good footwork and never seemed to rush his shots. The inside battle between Havill and 6-foot-6 Memorial junior Adam Eberhard on Friday should be a good one.