Fouls foil Brady boys’ chances at Hayes Center
The Brady boys basketball found success hard to come by in a 45-35 loss to Hayes Center Friday.
In part, foul trouble had most of the starting five on the bench in the first half, head coach Dave Jacobs said.
“We had subs in for most of the second quarter and Troy Lusk,” he said.
Trailing 14-11 after the first quarter the Eagles did their best to keep the game from getting out of hand.
“Troy did a great job in the second quarter keeping us in the game,” Jacobs said.
Lusk started the second period with consecutive steals and converted baskets.
“He kept the game close,” Jacobs said.
The Eagles were down 28-20 at halftime and Jacobs said the team had a lot to be positive about.
“We had rested the majority of our starters for an entire quarter and Hayes Center only had eight guys on its roster,” Jacobs said. “We went into the second half with the mindset of using our depth.”
That mentality worked for most of the third quarter as Brady captured its first lead of the game before momentum shifted in favor of the Cardinals.
Tempers flared as more fouls were assessed against the Eagles. One player fouled out before earning a technical foul. Two Brady fans were ejected from the gymnasium for criticizing officials.
“We needed to keep our composure a little better,” Jacobs said. “We talked about controlling things that we can control. Attitude and effort.”
The Cardinals capitalized by making four free throws and receiving the ball afterwards.
After Brady lost the lead it couldn’t get the momentum back, Jacobs said.
Hayes Center scored to post a six-point swing and surged to a win over the Eagles.
Lusk led eight Brady scorers with 18 points.
Scoring by quarters:
Hayes Center 1414413—45
EAGLE SCORING: Troy Lusk 18, Nate Sitorius 6, Eric Roe 2, Chase Viter 2, Dayne Porter 2, Alec Trobaugh 2, Austin Widick 2, Brant May 1.
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