Minutemen defense stifles Pilgrims, looks to Wawasee

Posted on January 30, 2009 by

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Brandon Sebastian- Sports Writer

Tuesday night’s game against Plymouth was dominated by defense and the Minutemen proved to be too tough for the visiting Plymouth Pilgrims. CHS was able to come away with a hard-fought victory with a score of 46-30. The Minutemen dominated the second half, only surrendering eight points to Plymouth.

“We were able to finally step up on defense,” David House (12) said. “We contested nearly every shot making it really hard for them to get any open looks.”

With the game tied 22-22 at halftime, the CHS defense was able to put a near stranglehold on Plymouth the rest of the way. House led the way for CHS as he scored 13 points along with six rebounds. House was a presence on the defensive end and blocked three shots.

“My teammates were able to get me the ball,” House said. “I was able to get some open looks at the basket and convert those into points.”

Other contributors for the Minutemen were Doug Acker (11) who had 11 points and also hauled in three rebounds. Scott Ladehoff (11) had seven points and David Yoder (12) had six points of his own. Bo Davidson led the way for Plymouth as he put up seven points, but he was only able to hit one of his six three-point attempts.

In the two previous games against Elkhart Central and Warsaw, CHS allowed a combined 158 points. Being able to hold a team to just 30 points in a game and only eight points in the second half is quite the accomplishment for a defense that had been struggling as of late.

The Minutemen’s next game is Friday Jan. 30 as they take on Wawasee. Wawasee is a very intriguing team because they are averaging over 80 points per game while CHS is only averaging 65.1. The Warriors have had a hard time stopping opposing teams though, as they are surrendering 89.5 points per game while the Minutemen are only giving up 58.2.

“They can hit three-pointers from all over the place,” House said. “When you watch them they can knock them down from anywhere on the floor.”

Wawasee is averaging shooting 39 three-point shots per game, knocking down 29.8 percent of them. The Warriors have had quite the problem on the glass, however, as they are being out-rebounded by an average of 16 per game.

“Its going to be really hard to shut a team down like them because of how many different people they have that can score,” House said. “But we have to D up on them and make sure we have someone in their face at all times.”

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