PARK HILLS – The Central boys basketball team held a slight 28-27 edge at the half, but committed seven turnovers during the third quarter to quickly fall behind Notre Dame on Tuesday.
Aside from the increased miscues, the Rebels lost senior guard Wade Scherffius to ejection after receiving his second technical foul late in the third period. The Bulldogs continued to capitalize on late Central mistakes to notch a 57-45 victory.
Notre Dame (12-6) recaptured a 32-29 lead on the lone 3-pointer from Jack Floyd with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter, and remained in front. Dawson Dohogne provided seven of his nine points after the break, while Floyd added seven points in the win.
Kam Dohogne posted a game-high 14 points for the Bulldogs, and Carter Dame ended with 10.
Central (9-8) slashed hard to the basket in attempt to stay close, but was consistently hindered by unforced errors.
Scherffius was urged to the bench with 1:13 on the clock after disputing with a shooting foul against Kam Dohogne, who split the free throws for the initial call. Dawson Dohogne proceeded to split the chances from the technical foul for a 43-34 lead.
Jake Casey nailed his second 3-pointer with 15 seconds on the clock to bring the deficit within 43-37 heading into the final quarter.
Casey finished with 10 points for the Rebels, while Breven McMullen paced the team with 12 points plus seven rebounds. Holden Mayberry used active hands in the post to record five steals, along with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Notre Dame stayed aggressive during the fourth quarter, and maintained a powerful transition attack.
Brent Wagner recovered his own missed free throw with four minutes to play, then scored to make the spread 47-43. However, the Bulldogs advanced on a 10-0 run through the ensuing three minutes to seal the win.
Each team began the contest with patient and smart passing to work the ball inside. The score was squared at 4-4 after four minutes of play, and all points were from layups.
Scherffius was called for his first technical foul with 11 seconds remaining in the first period after colliding hard in the air with Kam Dohogne on a block attempt in transition. Kam Dohogne converted two of the four resulting foul shots for a 13-10 Notre Dame advantage.
The Bulldogs often looked inside to their post players, but Mayberry poked away multiple entry passes and used his strength to limit their production near the hoop.
Central gained its 28-27 edge on a free throw by Will Hopkins 15 seconds before the break. Wagner set up the opportunity by saving an errant pass from travelling out of bounds near midcourt.
The Rebels will test their undefeated conference record on the road against Ste. Genevieve on Wednesday.
Ste. Genevieve 78, St. Vincent 55
STE. GENEVIEVE – The Ste. Genevieve boys basketball team had four players score in double figures while snapping a six-game losing streak in a 78-55 win over St. Vincent on Tuesday.
Chad Donze paced the Dragons with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Brady Boyer contributed 12 points to the win, while Derek Morganthaler had 11.
Logan Trollinger sank a pair long-range shots and ended with 10 points for Ste. Genevieve (5-11). Gabe Greminger tallied nine.
St. Vincent (11-3) was paced by 16 points from Isaac Ernst. Evan Clifton drained three shots from beyond the arc, and ended with 13.
The Dragons held a 43-33 advantage at the break, and shot 9-of-14 from the line. St. Vincent was 13-of-19 from the stripe.