Central Mountain boys fall to DuBois
A stellar defensive performance and knock-down shooting was the recipe for DuBois Wednesday night as the Beavers gave Central Mountain its first loss of the season.
Jordan Sommers finished the night with a game-high 16 points for Dubois in its 58-44 victory over the Wildcats.
Nick Long’s 10 points was a team-high for Central Mountain.
DuBois coach Dave Bennett said his team’s ability to play solid defense helped his team’s success tremendously Wednesday night.
“I thought we defended well. Essentially, when the game started Central Mountain hit, I think four threes early, we regrouped and got our energy picked up,” Bennett said “Defensively the rest of the game, we did a pretty good job. We ended up getting a lot of good looks offensively.”
Sommers got his big night started early, as the senior guard sank a three-pointer for DuBois on the game’s first possession.
That was the biggest lead DuBois had for the remainder of the opening quarter. Central Mountain unloaded on an 18-11 run behind four threes to close out the first quarter.
The momentum of the game began to favor DuBois around the six-minute mark of the second quarter. Lennon Lindholm connected on a three-pointer for the Beavers to put his team ahead.
Lindholm sank four throughout the entirety of the game.
After that, the Beavers never looked back. For the rest of the night, DuBois held the lead.
Turnovers hurt the Wildcats throughout the game.
Lindholm and Nick Felix both were able to capitalize on Central Mountain’s turnovers.
Bennett said the play of Lindholm, and Felix helped DuBois control its lead.
“Those two helped a lot. Nick Felix defended well against the point guard for us, and Lennon Lindholm hit some really big shots for us,” Bennett said.
The combination of solid guard play from Lindholm and Felix, with terrific inside play from Brady Woodward, had DuBois ahead 29-23 at halftime. It was a 15-5 second quarter in favor of the Beavers.
Lindholm’s solid night from outside the perimeter continued into the second half. The senior drained his fourth three-pointer of the night at the 4:40 mark of the third quarter to put DuBois ahead by a count of 37-20.
The turnovers continued for the Wildcats, and DuBois took advantage of them. Felix swiped four passes alone in the third quarter to help the Beavers take a comfortable 47-30 lead into the final quarter.
Central Mountain managed to play a solid quarter overall in the fourth. The Wildcats got a strong performance down the stretch from Ashton Probst who added eight points off the bench. Central Mountain won the fourth by a count of 14-11, but the lead was too much to overcome.
Wildcats coach Tyler Bardo said the Wildcats were able to make adjustments, just not at the right time.
“We knew that they were good shooters. We tried to make a couple of adjustments. I think we started to bounce-back early in the fourth quarter,” Bardo said. “We did not adjust to their change, at least not until late into the third quarter is when we adapted.”
DUBOIS 14 15 18 11–58
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN 18 5 7 14 -44
Jordin Sommers6 2-3 16, Nick Felix 5 2-2 12, Lennon Lindholm 4 0-0 12, Nick Farrell 2 0-0 6, Brady Woodward 2 1-3 5, Mike Orzechowski 2 0-0 4, Chooch Husted 1 1-1 3. Totals: 22 6-10 58.
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN (44)
Nick Long 4 2-2 10, Ashton Probst 3 1-1 8, Trevor Adair 1 4-4 7, Jack Hanna 2 1-2 6, Aidan Major 2 1-2 6, Cayde McCloskey 2 0-0 5, Brett Gerlach 0 2-2 2. Totals: 14 11-13 44
Three-pointers made: Dubois 8 (Lindholm 4, Farrell 2, Sommers 2) Central Mountain 5 (Adair 1, Hanna 1, Major 1, McCloskey 1, Probst 1)
Records : DuBois 4-3, Central Mountain 2-1.