BEVERLY - The Fort Frye Cadets held the visiting Frontier Cougars scoreless for the entire first quarter and to just 3-of-16 from the field in the first half as the Cadets rolled out to a 54-31 victory in Beverly Friday night.
"Our defense came to play tonight," said Fort Frye boys' basketball coach Eric Henniger. "We've had two straight great defensive games."
As good as the Cadet defense played, the Cougars couldn't help their cause as they missed countless shots in the paint and were just 5-of-22 from beyond the arc, where they tend to make a living on the scoreboard.
Photo by Kevin Pierson
Fort Frye's Garrett Legraen, right, saves the ball off of Frontier's Nick Camino during the first quarter in Beverly Friday. Fort Frye won, 54-31.
"We stopped their three shooting," said Fort Frye junior Seth Legraen, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds, which was one more board than Frontier had as a team. "That was our gameplan, get them off the 3-point line and make them drive."
When the Cougars did take the ball inside they couldn't find the bucket as shot after shot rolled out.
And by the time Frontier finally did put the ball through that little orange hoop one quarter had come and gone and the outcome was all but decided.
"The first quarter killed us, 10-0 run. We couldn't hit a shot," said Frontier boys' basketball coach Roger Kirkpatrick.
The Cadets got the game rolling with putbacks from Chandler Lang and Legraen, but managed just 10 points of their own in the first eight minutes against a Frontier team that sought to dictate the tempo and slow down the Fort Frye offense.
"The first half they really tried to slow down the game," Legraen said. "We waited and we were patient."
Frontier's first possession of the game lasted over 1:35, but didn't result in a shot against the Cadet defense, which created nearly as many turnovers (six) as it allowed shots (seven) in the opening eight minutes.
After going scoreless through the whole first quarter, the Cougars connected on a 3-pointer from Drew Schneider just 12 seconds into the second period to get on the board.
Fort Frye promptly answered that basket with an 8-0 run to push the lead to 15 by the midway point of the second quarter and the Cadets took a 17-point advantage, 25-8, into halftime.