February 8, 2012

Washburn boys shooting hot into districts

By Adam Thomas, BHG News Service

The greatest strength for the Washburn boys basketball team is the ability for almost all their players to pull up for a big long-range shot. The Cardinals rely on their three-point shooting to give them that competitive boost and more often than not, that shot has been falling for the them this season. Totaling 22 three-pointers this week, the Cardinals took down Max 74-53 and New Salem 71-41. But they were just edged out in the end by Napoleon 54-52. The Cossacks came out against Washburn in the first game of the week by scoring the first six points from the tip-off. Washburn recovered after that with a three-point pull-up by Brett Schreiner and a put back layup from Kirk Sailer, but Max still led after the first quarter 14-12. Early in the second Schreiner hit another shot from downtown and then on the next possession, Monty Johnson burst up with a power-move layup that gave Washburn their first lead of the game 17-16. Evan Eberle added two more three-point shots and Ryan Kerzman controlled the paint to give Washburn a 10 point 33-23 lead at half time.

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