GRANGER TWP. — There was no stopping the Green boys basketball team Friday night, as the hot-shooting Bulldogs thumped Highland 66-45 in a Suburban League matchup.
With both teams going shot for shot in the opening quarter, Green (12-1, 7-1) went white hot in the second quarter, making 9-of-11 from the floor, including all four of its 3-point attempts.
“What I was most proud of was that we executed offensively,” Green coach Mark Kinsley said. “It was one of the first nights that for four quarters we really executed what we wanted to do.”
The lead quickly ballooned from 12-11 after the first quarter to 36-22 as the teams entered the locker room.
“Part of it was us just not doing the right things defensively,” Highland coach Michael Murphy said. “And part of it was them just knocking down what seemed like every shot in that quarter. I am just disappointed in our defensive effort.”
The big catalyst for Green was power forward Dan Fanelly (21 points, 11 rebounds). The senior made four buckets in a three-minute stretch to give Green a 32-20 lead.
“As a team, we all came together,” Fanelly said. “We were passing the ball real well and we found open looks just because we were making the extra pass.”
Fanelly, who made 9-of-11 from the floor for the game, was joined in the frontcourt by an even hotter Josh Pritchard (15 points). The big 6-foot-8 center missed one shot on the night and it was his last, his fourth 3-point attempt of the evening.
“Josh can shoot the three, and that’s a tough matchup for a big guy,” Kinsley said.
As a team, Green shot a remarkable 62 percent from the floor (26-of-42) and 45 percent from behind the arc (5-of-11).
“We’re definitely close knit and we all feed off each other,” Fanelly said. “If one of us gets going, we all follow suit. If we get one shooter going, it seems like another shooter follows.”
The man responsible for feeding the two bigs for Green was Nicholas Reale, who led all players with eight assists and did not commit a turnover while chipping in 10 points.
“He’s the key coming in,” Kinsley said of his junior point guard. “He worked really hard in the offseason. He’s been fantastic for us running our offense and taking care of the ball.”
The Hornets (8-5, 4-4) couldn’t find a way to keep up, as the Bulldogs defense stiffened and worked to shut down Tanner Houska (4 points, 4 assists), Brogan Scott (5 points) and Jordan Frederick (6 points).
Frederick was money in the first quarter, making both of his 3-pointers. The second gave Highland its last lead at 8-5.
“In the first quarter we made enough shots to keep it close and stay in the ballgame,” Murphy said. “The difference for them was they made some layups and worked inside out. We lived on those threes and didn’t get the looks we needed to get inside. When we stop making the threes, we’re not scoring.”
Austin Adams had eight points and 10 boards for Highland.
|While attempting to complete an old-fashioned three-point play in the second quarter, Fanelly’s free throw attempt bounced once and then stuck between the rim and the backboard. Highland was awarded the jump ball possession.
l Green earned the sweep by taking the junior varsity contest 51-38 behind a triumvirate of double-digit scorers. John Dames and Domink Pizzino each had 11 for the Bulldogs and Dan Stapp chipped in 10. Highland was led by Kevin Greenhoe with 11.
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Green 66, Highland 45
GREEN 12 24 21 9 — 66
HIGHLAND 11 11 13 10 — 45
Green — Alex Marciniak 3-1-8, Dan Fanelly 9-3-21, Josh Pritchard 6-0-15, Eddie Janini 2-2-7, Nicholas Reale 4-2-10, Kenton Keesler 2-0-5, Carson Corle 0-0-0, Blake Suponcic 0-0-0, Griffen Pine 0-0-0, Casey Perch 0-0-0, Landon Holl 0-0-0, Dan Pollock 0-0-0. TOTALS: 26-8-66.
Highland — Brogan Scott 2-1-5, Brennan Scott 4-2-10, Austin Adams 3-2-8, Jordan Frederick 2-0-6, Tanner Houska 1-2-4, Austin Casenhiser 3-0-9, Alex Wood 0-0-0, Myles Houska 0-0-0, Coltin Kinsey 01-1, Alec Withers 0-0-0, Tyler Frederick 0-2-2 . TOTALS: 15-10-45.
3-point goal — Pritchard 3, Marciniak, Keesler, Casenhiser 3, J. Frederick 2. Rebounds — Green 34 (Fanelly 11), Highland 21 (Adams 10). Assists — Green 14 (Reale 8), Highland 11 (Houska 4). Records — Green (12-1, 7-1), Highland (8-5, 4-4). Junior varsity — Green 51, Highland 38.