(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- Already faced with the task of going up against one of the most potent offenses in the area Friday night in the form of visiting Scott County Central, the Chaffee Red Devils chances weren't helped any when it was found out that three of their regular starters would be out of the lineup with the flu.
With regulars Alex Crowe, Jason Cicardi and Jordan Yahn all unable to go, the Red Devils (9-8) watched the Braves (16-2) run up a 48-point halftime lead in route to a 96-36 victory.
"We played really well, especially the first half, the last time we played them," Chaffee head coach Josh Govreau said. "I'm sure they were ready to get back at us. They're not going to let up just because we have three guys out. They're going to play their game and keep getting better.
"I'm proud of my guys. We were wore down, but I thought they kept playing hard."
Scoring nine of his 15 points on the night in the first three minutes of the first quarter, Scott Central's Dominique Porter helped the Braves open the game on a 19-4 run before building a 35-9 lead by the end of frame.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Scott Central continued their fast-paced attack in the second quarter, ending the half scoring 18 consecutive points with Reggie Woodson picking off a Red Devils pass and going in for a layup with 15 seconds left to send the Braved into the break up 61-13.
Besides the Braves hitting 61 percent of their shots in the first half, Chaffee's problems were compounded by Scott Central's ability to either force the Red Devils into tough shots or keep them away from the rim all together.
Compared to 46 shots taken by the Braves, Chaffee only attempted 20, connecting on six.
"It's hard to simulate," Govreau said of the Braves defense. "Coaches say put seven eight guys on the floor, but it's not the same as when you're out there seeing their athleticism, the height of Otto Porter and the quickness of those guys.
"You just can't simulate that."
Though the Red Devil's offense heated up in the third quarter thanks in part to Michael Rutherford and Daniel Dooley scoring eight and six points in the frame respectively, Chaffee was unable to find a way to slow down the Braves on offense.
Scoring another 28 points in the frame, Scott Central was able to push their lead to 58 entering the fourth to effectively seal the game and extend the Braves' current winning streak to 11.
"I thought they came out and really worked defensively which is a good thing," Scott Central head coach Kenyon Wright said. "If we can keep doing that, then that's going to cause some trouble for people. Hopefully we bring that through towards the district tournament."
Otto Porter led the Braves with 25 pionts while Michael Rutherford led Chaffee with 11 points.
Earlier in the evening, Scott Central's junior varsity also came away with a win, defeating Chaffee's junior varsity 67-29. Jaylen Porter led the way for the Braves with 24 points, followed by Larandis Banks' 16.
SCOTT CENTRAL (96) -- Stewart Johnson 17, Trey Johnson 10, Otto Porter 25, Dominique Porter 15, Calvin Porter 2, LaMarcus Steward 6, Bryan Freed 6, Antonio Johnson 3, Caleb Cockrell 2, Ben Freed 2. FG 44, FT 7-11, F 7. (3-pointers: Bryan Freed 1. Fouled out: none)
CHAFFEE (36) -- Blake Senciboy 2, Michael Rutherford 11. Zach Dannenmueller 8, Daniel Dooley 8, Alex Davie 3, Trevor Cannon 2, Andy Terhune 2. FG 16, FT 1-4, F 6. (3-pointers: Rutherford 3. Fouled out: none)