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Dexter dispatches Bloomfield rally

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dexter's Jake Lee puts up a shot over Bloomfield's Seth Hill in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's basketball game at the Bearcat Event Center. David Jenkins, Staff
DEXTER -- It may not have been pretty, but the Dexter Bearcats managed to hold off a second half push by the Bloomfield Wildcats Tuesday night for their eighth win of the season.

After leading the Wildcats (8-4) by as many as 20 early in the third, the Bearcats (8-6) found themselves in a one-point game following a 19-1 Bloomfield run to entering the final frame.

Not allowing the Wildcats to tie it up, however, Dexter was able to keep Bloomfield at bay before extending their lead again in the finals minutes to lock up the 61-52 win.

"Bloomfield cut it to one and we could have folded the tents very easily and just said we're going to get beat," Dexter coach Rob Nichols said. "But the guys buckled down, went out the fourth quarter and guarded and rebounded a little bit better and came out on top of it."

Looking like they might run away from the Wildcats early, it was a strong first half that gave Dexter a comfortable 32-18 advantage entering the half.

In putting the Wildcats in their biggest hole of the night, the Bearcats were able to open the third scoring six consecutive points to go up by 20 before the game moved to 39-20 nearly a minute later.

It was from there that Bloomfield was able to finally feed off some defensive adjustments made early in the third quarter where the Wildcats switched to a 1-3-1 defense.

Able to force some Dexter turnovers, Bloomfield opened up the above mentioned 19-1 run that was kick-started by Dylan Bader scoring 10 straight points to take the momentum away from the Bearcats and leave the Wildcats down by one entering the fourth.

"We've been working against that 1-3-1 in practice and attacked it fairly well, but tonight we didn't attack it," Nichols said. "We were passing around it just like we they wanted us to do."

Fortunately for Nichols' squad, the Bearcats appeared to make the necessary adjustments early in the fourth to work around Bloomfield's defense, pulling ahead by eight with 3:07 to play.

Cutting his team's deficit back down to five, Seth Hill was able to hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc that hit the rim, bouncing back up and back in with under three minutes to play.

With no room for error, however, Bloomfield came up scoreless on their next two possessions while Dexter went on a 4-2 run that pushed their lead to nine before using ball control to whittle the clock down to a minute left.

Forced to foul, the Wildcats could only watch as the Bearcats hit 5 of their last 8 free throws to help seal the game.

"They really evened it up in the third quarter so for us to come out and finish strong in the fourth really meant a lot," Dexter's Alan Flannigan said. "A win is a win no matter how ugly it can be and it's good to come out on top regardless of how poor we played at times."

While Flannigan led the Bearcats with 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, it was the duo of Bader and Hill running the show on the Wildcats' side.

Scoring 29 and 18 points respectively, the duo were the driving factor in Bloomfield's comeback bid.

"Seth and Dylan got on a roll," Wildcats' head coach Dustin Hicks said. "It's been something we've been looking forward to is trying to get those two going on the same night.

"When their playing really well together we can be a tough team to beat so hopefully this is a sign of things to come."

One thing Bloomfield will hope to cut down on next time they meet the Bearcats will be how often they sent Dexter shooters to the line.

On the night Dexter connected on 34 of 49 free throws, including Flannigan shooting 17 of 19 alone. That's compared to Bloomfield shooter only being sent to the line for eight shots, hitting four.

"Dexter is going to have lopsided free throws because of Alan," Hicks said. "He's going to protect the rim and not foul. He does such a good job being that athletic and, on the flip-side, he creates so much contact.

"That's just one of those things where we'll have to go watch film tonight and maybe if we get a chance to play Dexter again in conference we can make an adjustment to try to keep them off the line so much because it would kind of be a back breaker."

Dexter's junior varsity squad also coming out with a win to open the night, beating Bloomfield's junior varsity 69-61.


BLOOMFIELD (52) -- Seth Hill 18, Aron Henson 2, Dylan Bader 29, Adam Vandiver 1, Mitchell Skaggs 2. FG 20, FT 4-8, F 29. (3-pointers: Hill 4, Bader 4. Fouled out: Bader)

DEXTER (61) -- Jake Cox 5, Jordan Fitts 5, Josh Sifford 3, Alan Flannigan 25, Logan Robey 3, Jake Lee 9, Tyler Miller 11. FG 12, FT 34-49, F 13. (3-pointers: Cox 1, Fitts 1, Robey 1. Fouled out: none)

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