Cambridge fends off Creek

ON THE MOVE — Indian Creek’s Bryson Kamarec attempts a amidst a trio of Cambridge defenders during Friday’s game. – Mike Hughes

WINTERSVILLE — Cambridge lost its first three games by a combined 10 points.

The Bobcats had to withstand a late-game rally by homestanding Indian Creek on Friday, but did just enough to secure that first victory, besting the Redskins 49-45 in Wintersville.

“That first win is more of a sense of relief than anything else,” Cambridge head coach Kyle Pertuset said as his Bobcats improved to 1-3. “The kids needed it, I needed it, and they’ve been through a lot, especially lately with injuries. It was a nice victory to get for them.”

Cambridge was able to attack the Creek offense early off the dribble, with both Josiah Barnett and Regan Rogers driving past defenders for lay-ins or late dump-offs to teammates.

That allowed Cambridge to lead after both the first and second quarters.

What kept Creek in the game early is the Redskins corralling 12 offensive rebounds in the first half, converting second-chance opportunities as both Caleb Bodo and Bryson Kamarec attacked the offensive glass and repeatedly gave the Redskins new life.

“We had 17 offensive rebounds and only eight on Tuesday, and we missed a lot of shots so there should have been more, but we were able to do (Friday) what we weren’t on Tuesday (against Edison),” Indian Creek head coach Joe Dunlevy said.

When the second half began, it became apparent both teams focused their halftime energies on stopping what was working for the opposition early.

For Cambridge, the offense didn’t have quite the success attacking the basket off the dribble. In turn, the Bobcats kept Creek off the offensive glass, cutting the total down from 12 in the first half to five in the second.

“That’s one thing we talked about, was needed to find a way to cut into that (rebounding) deficit and we did a better job on the glass,” Pertuset said. “We needed to get after those 50-50 balls and (Friday) the kids answered the bell. We did just enough on the boards to hold off that huge run of theirs late.”

Cambridge led by as many as 14 when Rogers hit a bucket to start the fourth quarter, putting the visitors up 41-27.

Creek regrouped and a three-ball from Carl Bonecutter in the corner set off a 13-2 run that ended with a a Kamarec triple from the corner.

That put the score at 43-40 before Barnett stole the ball at half court and layed it in for a five point Bobcats lead.

Bonecutter followed with a floater from the side to again bring Creek within three at 45-42.

Barnett and Rogers each hit the back end of two-shot fouls late.

Creek had a final shot, but a three from the corner rimmed out and this time, Barnett sealed the two making both free throws for the final margin.

Rogers finished with a game-high 18 for the Bobcats while Barnett was close behind with 16.

“Regan played like a senior trying to will us to victory and Josiah is pretty tough to stay in front of, I’m glad I don’t have to try to guard him,” Pertuset said of his two leading scorers.

Drake Freshwater led the Redskins with eight points with Bonecutter, Bodo and Kamarec all supplying seven points and Tweedy adding six in a balanced effort.

It was a step in the right direction for Creek, a team that lost two four-year starters coming into the season.

“They say in football you see your biggest improvement from game one to two, but we had that from game one to the second half of game two,” Dunlevy said. “We have some experience, but everybody is playing a different role than last year and that part is coming along also. We’ll be okay.”

Cambridge 49, Indian Creek 44

C – Jeffery 0 1-2 1; Barnett 5 5-6 16; Gregg 2 0-0 5; Jone 0 1-2 1; B.Gregg 2 0-0 4; Mayle 0 0-0 0; Rogers 7 1-2 18; Mathews 3 0-0 6; Homko-Green 0 0-0 0; Totals: 18 8-12 49.

I – Bonecutter 3 0-0 7; Bodo 2 3-6 7; Eddy 1 0-0 2; Kamarec 3 0-0 7; Moore 0 0-0 0; Lester 1 1-1 3; Tweedy 3 0-1 6; Shultz 2 0-0 4; Freshwater 3 0-0 8; Totals: 18 4-8 44.

3-point Goals: Freshwater 2, Kamarec, Bonecutter.

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