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Dexter earns conference win over neighboring Bloomfield

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Dexter's Tyler Miller dribbles around a Bloomfield defender on his way to the basket on Tuesday. Brent Shipman, Staff
BLOOMFIELD -- Fueled by a dominant start against Bloomfield on Tuesday, the Dexter Bearcats pulled out an 11-point halftime lead before rolling to a 61-46 win.

"I think we lost focus at different points in the game tonight, but we did a good job of when they made a run and the crowd got into it a little bit, the kids buckled down, got a few stops and went down and got good possessions on offense," Dexter head coach Rob Nichols said.

For the first five minutes of the contest the Bearcats' defense stifled the Wildcats' offense, holding them scoreless while scoring 14 points to start the game.

Through that run, Tyler Miller scored seven of his game high 23 points on the night, putting the Bearcats up 14-0 on a 3-pointer with 2:52 to play in the frame.

It wasn't until the 2:37 mark in the first quarter that Bloomfield (7-7) hit the first of back-to-back baskets to kickstart their offense before ending the quarter down 16-4 when Miller put in one last layup for Dexter in the final minute.

"We started out pretty well," Nichols said. "We still struggled offensively early in the game, but we just guarded pretty well and got some turnovers. Defensively is where we had a lot of intensity early in the game."

Down by as many as 16 midway through the second frame, the Wildcats were able to close to within 11 at intermission thanks to an 8-3 run to end the second quarter.

Whatever momentum had swung in the Wildcats way, however, quickly shifted back to the Bearcats in the third quarter as Miller opened things up getting fouled on his way to the basket.

Hitting both the shot and ensuing free throw, Miller came back down and added another bucket on Dexter's next possession to start an 11-4 run that saw the Bearcats take a 40-22 advantage with 3:30 left in the frame.

Holding Bloomfield to only three more points in the final three-minutes of the quarter, Brad Potts gave Dexter (5-9) a 47-25 lead entering the fourth off two buckets from the paint in the minute of the third.

With a comfortable lead in hand, Dexter pushed ahead by as many as 23 points late in the fourth to secure the win.

"That start hurt us so bad," Bloomfield head coach Jason Karnes said. "We got down by 14 (in the first quarter) and when you do that against a good team like Dexter it's really hard to get back in the flow.

"I thought the kids dug deep, gritted their teeth and got back into it a little bit. But when you have to spend so much energy getting back in the game, just to get to competing, it's really hard to do that for three more quarters."

Behind Miller's 23 points, including the Bearcats only two 3-pointers, Chase Young had nine points on the contest while Potts and Jake Lee contributed eight each.

On Miller's big night, Nichols said, "Right off the bat the first two times he touched the ball he attacked the baseline and got layups.

"He's a good athlete and when he attacks the rim and uses his athleticism he's a really good player. It's a welcome sight to see him do that tonight."

For the Wildcats it was Zach Pounds leading the way with 12 points with Adam Vandiver and Logan Cowart adding nine each.

Not typically one of the Wildcats leading scorers, Karnes was pleased to see Pounds step up on a night when his team needed it.

"Pounds played well," Karnes said. "It's his best game of the year by far. We need him to kind of turn the corner and start playing ball a little bit.

"He did that tonight. He played really well for us and gave us something. Moving forward we need to continue that and we need a couple of other kids to step up too."

Earlier in the night, Dexter's junior varsity ran away for a 55-21 win of Bloomfield.

Stevie Payne had a team-high 10 points for the Bearcats while Noah Krank and Nick Noble added nine points apiece.

Scoring a game-high 12 points, Cole McCord led Bloomfield with Austin Battles and Zach Glueck adding three points each to the Wildcats cause.

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DEXTER (61) -- Chase Young 9, Tyler Miller 23, Jordan Fitts 7, Brad Potts 8, Jake Lee 8, Cody Neldon 4, Tyler Wilson 2. FG 26, FT 7-16, F 17. (3-pointers: Miller 2. Fouled out: none.)

BLOOMFIELD (46) -- Joel Battles 3, Austin Williamson 6, Logan Cowart 9, Tom Sanders 3, Zach Pounds 12, Adam Vandiver 9, Zac Goode 2, Thomas Forkum 1. FG 16, FT 10-18, F 16. (3-pointers: Battles 1, Cowart 1, Sanders 1. Fouled out: Forkum.)