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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Truman remains perfect after romp of Cardinals (PHOTO AND VIDEO)
Devin Goodwell and the Truman boys' basketball team remained perfect on the season after a 77-43 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night in Melvindale. Goodwell contributed eight points and six rebounds on the night. Photo Credit: Larry Caruso
The Cougars improved to 6-0 in league play and tallied their fourth win of 18-plus points in the rout.
Truman scored eight points before Melvindale was able to attempt a shot, but the Cardinals fought back and scored the next eight before heading into the second quarter trailing 12-8.
Aaron Foster-Smith started to heat up in the second and scored 10 points in the quarter. The frantic pace caused by Truman’s trapping zone defense forced a number of Melvindale turnovers and held the Cardinals to only six points for a 31-14 halftime lead for the visitors.
“We have kids that are improving,” Melvindale Coach Ryan Vranesich said. “Playing against a team a Truman, where they’re long and athletic, you could just tell they never settled in and it seemed like the ball was very slippery out tonight.”
“In the first half, we probably had more turnovers than (shot) attempts. I thought we shot the ball pretty well and we looked good at times, but we just couldn’t keep it going.”
Melvindale found its stroke from the outside after the break and scored all 15 of its third-quarter points by way of the three. Unfortunately for the Cards, Truman’s offense could not remained hot and pushed its lead to over 20 points entering the fourth, 52-29.
Truman did not take its foot off the gas in the fourth as seven different Cougars scored to close out the victory.
Always looking to improve, Truman Coach Chuck Suttles still sees some areas left to perfect despite the victory.
“We still don’t have them sharing the ball like we want,” Suttles said. “Our court awareness isn’t quite up to where we expect it yet and we need to get more people involved.”
On the defensive end, the veteran coach looks for a more controlled chaos heading into the later stages of the Downriver League season.
“Well, that’s still a work in progress, too,” Suttles said. “We’re happy with the defensive energy that we we’re seeing. What we’re not happy with is our opportunities to play smarter.”
“We’re out of position a lot. The energy is there. Once we focus on putting it all together, playing smarter defense (and) playing smarter on the offensive end, we’re hoping that’ll be the thing to help us and get us in the place we want to be.”
Foster-Smith led all scorers with 20 points. Anthony Wartley-Fritz had 15 points and nine rebounds, Devain Newbill added 15 and Devin Goodwell had eight points and six rebounds.
Melvindale’s Malik Boynton knocked down four threes and led the Cardinals with 18 points and six rebounds.
“He can guard a bunch of different guys, he can handle the ball, he can shoot, he rebounds,” Vranesich said. “He’s really coming along and he’s really starting to believe in himself and what he can do on the basketball floor.”
Ricardo Cripps scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter and KleSean Clark made a pair of three-pointers for six points.
“I just like the fact that they’re all getting better and they’re working hard every day,” Vranesich said. “They do everything they’re asked. They’ll be back tomorrow when their heads up and be ready to work.”
Truman (8-2, 6-0 DRL) will host Roosevelt on Thursday while the Cardinals (3-8, 2-4 DRL) hits the road for a matchup with Trenton.
Last Updated: 1/23/2013 12:56:50 PM EST