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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Strong second half lifts Huron over Flat Rock (TOUT VIDEO)

Leading by only one point at halftime, the visiting Huron Chiefs took it to Flat Rock on Tuesday night, outscoring them 19-4 in the third quarter to earn their first win of the season by a final score of 64-48.

“We came out and rebounded the ball extremely well in the third quarter and a lot better in the second half than we did in the first,” said Huron Coach Jim Kalbfleisch, on his team’s second-half performance. “(Cameron) Cox and (Zach) Schlarb really got the ball off the backboard for us. Also, we went to a diamond press in the third quarter and they had a real problem with it. And we made the extra pass all night.”

Tyler Olson found himself on the receiving end of a lot of those extra passes by Huron, netting 22 points in the game to lead all scorers, including buzzer-beating threes at the end of the first and third quarters. His last-second trey at the end of the first quarter put Huron up 22-14 at the end of the frame.

The Rams picked up the pace and pushed the ball a lot more in the second quarter and the result was a 19-12 run. Flat Rock pulled to within one point by halftime, trailing only 34-33, before crumbling in the third quarter.

Rams Coach Dave Bogataj said he thought his team was outplayed in all facets of the game in the second half, especially on the defensive glass.

“We decided we didn’t want to box anyone out for some reason.” Bogataj said. “We tried to play up-tempo because we’re small and it worked out in the first half. We turned the ball over a little too much but we were okay. Then in the second half we absolutely got our butts kicked.”

Huron outworked the Rams on the boards all night and the result was a 29-19 rebounding advantage for the game. Cox was especially active on the glass, grabbing 11 rebounds on the night, including nine in the third quarter. Parker Neal played well for the Rams, scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds in the contest.

Up 53-37 by the end of the third quarter, the Chiefs coasted in the fourth. The 64-48 win marks the first victory of the Jim Kalbfleisch-era in New Boston. Kalbfleisch took over as head coach just before Christmas and says he’ll continue to preach unselfishness going forward.

“We’ll take on SMCC on Friday and they’re a pretty good team,” he said. “They’re a lot better, but I really think we can play with almost anybody. We just have to keep making that extra pass and helping each other on defense and we’ll be just fine.”

The Chiefs (1-5) will host SMCC in their tilt on Friday night, while Flat Rock will take a 1-4 record into Jefferson on Thursday.





Last Updated: 1/14/2014 11:25:31 PM EST

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