Cameron rolls over Linsly
WHEELING — Cameron held a 35-32 halftime lead over homestanding Linsly on Tuesday night. Dragons coach Tom Hart wasn’t satisfied, however.
Hart stressed during his intermission talk to his well-drilled charges to lock down on the Cadets defensively in the second half. The Dragons listened well.
Cameron held Linsly to just 14 second-half points en route to an impressive 64-46 triumph.
“I thought we played pretty well in the first half but thought our lead should be more than three points. So at halftime we stressed defense. We told our kids to lock down on them,” Hart said. “I was real pleased with how we played in the second half. Our kids really battled. It was a good win.”
Cameron improves to a sparkling 8-2 on the campaign. The Dragons visit Valley on Friday night.
Hart’s charges exhibited superb offensive balance as four players reached double figures.
Junior ace Travis Mickey was exceptional, scoring 21 points before fouling out with 3:07 left in the contest. Talented senior Colby Brown delivered 17 points while Trey Scott and Aidan Lucey added 12 and 11, respectively.
Cameron stormed out of the gates, grabbing 11-1 and 19-4 leads before the Cadets began to scrap back. The hosts weathered the storm somewhat, trimming the deficit to 23-16 at the quarter pole.
Linsly continued to cut into its deficit in the second quarter. Sophomore standouts Marshall Taylor and Trevin Tush each netted six points in the second, pulling the hosts to within 35-32 at intermission.
That would be as good as it got for Coach James Wallace’s youthful squad.
The Cadets were limited to just five points in the third quarter while Cameron was tallying 14 to stretch its margin to 49-38 entering the final session.
Linsly’s scoring woes continued in the final quarter while Mickey exploded for 11 points in the period to seal the deal for the Marshall Countians.
“We have an athletic team with a lot of three-sport athletes. It is an unselfish bunch,” Hart said. “They are fun to coach. We weren’t able to use our regular rotation as we have been battling some sickness.
“I am pleased to come in here and get a win. Coach Wallace does a great job with his team. They are young and rebuilding but his kids play hard and never quit.”
Taylor, who continues to improve with each game, led the Cadets with 12 points. Senior guard Jimmy Zecca netted 11 points while Tush and fellow sophomore Joe Zaccirey each delivered eight.
“We are still in the growing stages. We cannot put together four good quarters of basketball,” Wallace said. “(Tuesday), we maybe put together a quarter and a half of solid play. We are going through growing pains.
“We didn’t help ourselves at the foul line. You cannot go 6 of 17 and expect to win. But give Cameron credit. We lost to a very good basketball team.”
With the loss, Linsly fell to 1-8. The Cadets visit Columbiana Crestview on Friday.
Cameron committed just nine turnovers on the night, matching Linsly’s total.