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State-ranked Charleston steamrolls Notre Dame 74-44

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Charleston's Sumner Foster lets go of a shot over a host of Notre Dame defenders Tuesday at Charleston High School. The Bluejays rolled to a 74-44 win. Chris Pobst, Staff
CHARLESTON -- Charleston coach Danny Farmer was hoping for a good performance in his team's last game heading into Christmas break.

He got it.

The Bluejays controlled tempo, harassed ball handlers and completely dominated the Notre Dame Bulldogs on Tuesday night in a 74-44 SEMO Conference victory at Charleston High School.

Charleston, ranked third in Class 3 in the latest MBCA/MoSports.com coaches poll, forced 20 first-half turnovers and erupted for a 52-13 halftime lead over Notre Dame.

"This is a great win," Farmer said. "I was looking for a great win going into Christmas. It takes a lot of pressure off the expectations from your players. You expect things out of your players and then when they don't deliver, it's disappointing. But tonight we had some guys step up."

The Bluejays (7-1) needed players to step up in the absence of all-state point guard Ryan Parham, who sat out the game after injuring his ankle in practice on Monday.

According to Farmer, Parham's injury is not considered serious. He is hopeful that Parham will be ready for the seMissourian Christmas Tournament next week.

For the first half, Parham's absence was not noticeable as Charleston opened up a 29-8 first quarter lead and continued the onslaught in the second quarter.

"We played a great first half," Farmer said. "I was a little worried going into the game playing without Ryan for the first time in about three or four years. I didn't know what to expect, believe me."

But the Bluejays didn't miss a beat as its swarming man-to-man defensive pressure was too much for the sophomore-laden Bulldog squad to handle. Notre Dame coach Kevin Roberts had to burn four timeouts in the first half, including three in the first quarter.

Roberts declined to comment after the game, but his frustration on the bench was apparent as the Bulldogs simply could not take care of the basketball, most of which led to fast-break layups for the Bluejays.

"We felt that our pressure could give them problems," Farmer said. "Last time we beat them with our pressure. If we could get them to move fast and turn the ball over, we felt we could beat them."

Despite being down 39 points at the half, Notre Dame (2-5) showed signs of life in the third quarter, out-scoring the Bluejays 22-7 in the period to cut the lead to 59-35.

The lead was never in any danger, but Farmer was not pleased with his team's intensity level coming out of halftime.

"We slowed it down in the third and tried to play more of a half-court game and my God -- luckily we had a big lead," Farmer said shaking his head.

The Bluejays were able to close out the game strong, however, with a 15-9 edge in the fourth quarter.

Six-foot-three senior Darrion Carter led all scorers with 18 points. Senior Michael Hull added 16 points. Sophomore guard Delfinko Bogan followed up with 14 points, six steals and four assists.

"They really stepped up," Farmer said. "Delfinko really stepped up and Carter, he always plays hard."

Charleston also got solid production out of senior wingman Sumner Foster, who had 12 points and six steals.

Senior Trey Watkins, who seemed everywhere on the floor, finished up with three points, but added a team-high eight rebounds with seven assists and three steals.

"That's what I expect out of Trey," Farmer said. "He can play any position. He handles the ball well. He can rebound. He's a smart kid on the court. Those are the things I want him to do night in and night out. He's always hustling and knows where the ball is coming off the rim. He does all of those things great. We needed this kind of game from him tonight."

Charleston forced 28 turnovers and had 23 steals as a team.

The Bluejays controlled the boards, finishing with 32 rebounds compared to Notre Dame's 20.

The Bluejays struggled with perimeter shooting, hitting just 4 of 19 (21 percent) from 3-point range.

Notre Dame was led by Jordan Barber's 11 points.

Charleston will next compete in the seMissourian Christmas Tournament next Wednesday. The top-seeded Bluejays will play No. 16 Delta at 9 a.m.

"Our goal is to win the tournament, but we know any given night we may not play well," Farmer said. "We have to be focused each and every night."

Notre Dame85229--44
Charleston2923715--74

NOTRE DAME (44) -- Jordan Barber 11, Trenton Schumer 6, Grant Ressel 5, Luke Mocherman 5, Patrick Williamson 4, Cody DeBrock 3, Jordan Williamson 3, Thomas Himmelberg 3, Dalton Welch 2, Quinn Poythress 2. FG 12, FT 8-13, F 14. (3-pointers: Ressel 1, Himmelberg 1, DeBrock 1, Mocherman 1. Fouled out: none).

CHARLESTON (74) -- Darrion Carter 18, Michael Hull 16, Delfinko Bogan 14, Sumner Foster 12, Robert Bogan 7, Trey Watkins 3, Will Davis 2, Shandor Webster 2. FG 28, FT 6-16, F 14. (3-pointers: D. Bogan 2, R. Bogan 1, Foster 1. Fouled out: none).