Adams sends Central to another narrow loss

Blazers have lost six straight by a total of 21 points.

Posted on Jan. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Yet another boys basketball nail-biter did not go Central’s way Friday as South Bend Adams topped the Blue Blazers 58-52 at North Side Gym.

Central lost for the sixth straight time by a total of 21 points and fell to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the Northern Indiana Conference.

Adams (8-1, 3-0) sank seven free throws in the double bonus in the final 2:18 and held on for the win. Nine of the Eagles’ 16 fourth-quarter points came at the foul stripe.

“We have to find a way to finish games,” said Blazers coach Troy Noble. “As luck would have it, we’ve played some really good teams right out of the gate.”

Central led the Eagles 48-47 on a Terrell Street layup early in the fourth quarter. When cat-quick Joe Beard sliced to the basket moments later to put Adams ahead by a point, it turned out that the visitors would never relinquish the lead again.

“( Mike) Bush and Beard are really quick with the ball and we tried to minimize their penetration in the gap,” said Noble. “We did a nice job of it for the most part. But in the fourth quarter, especially in that last few minutes, we fouled them too much.”

Beard, who did not start, led his team with 12 points. Juwan Johnson canned 11 for the Eagles.

Adams used its speed to forced the Blazers into 20 turnovers — eight in the second quarter. The Eagles led by as many as seven points a few times in the first half, but Central had pulled even a 42-all by the start of the fourth quarter.

“What we do is put ball pressure on people,” said Adams coach Milt Cooper. “We need to have better help-side defense. I was a little disappointed in that.”

Cooper was also perplexed not by his team’s floor shot selection but by how many did not find the mark.

“We shot absolutely terrible,” said Cooper. “We didn’t take bad shots, we just didn’t hit anything. We still pulled out a win. I guess the free throws did that.”

Blake Brouwer paced the Blazers with 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the floor and 5 of 6 from the line. He made Central’s lone 3-point shot — that coming in the first quarter.

Street wound up with 12 points — seven in the second half.

JJ Stahl tallied eight points and ripped down eight rebounds for the Blazers.

Jaron Walters, who did not play in the first quarter for Central, had seven rebounds — five in the fourth quarter — to go with four points.

In the girls game, Adams topped Central 47-25. Jenna Thomas paced the Eagles with 10 points. The Blazers got 14 points from Tia Garnett.

SB Adams 58, Central 52

Adams — A.J. Glick 1-3 0-0 3, Juwan Johnson 3-11 5-6 11, Terry Davis 2-4 4-6 8, Mike Bush 2-8 4-5 8, Jalen White 2-4 0-0 5, J.T. Gavin 0-0 0-0 0, Stevie Thomas 1-3 0-0 3, Demar Wright 2-3 0-0 5, Joe Beard 3-5 6-9 12, Mike Bishop 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 17-39 (.435) 19-26(.730) 58.

Central — Blake Brouwer 5-7 5-6 16, JJ Stahl 4-6 0-1 8, Tre Taylor 2-5 1-1 5, Terrell Street 5-13 2-3 12, Genoris Crawford 2-3 1-2 5, Aaron Flax 1-1 0-0 2, Tray Qualls 0-1 0-0 0, Jaron Walters 1-2 2-3 4, Myran McKnight 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 20-42 (.475) 11-16 (.687) 52.

Scoring By Quarters

Adams 10 18 14 16 — 58

Central 12 11 19 10 — 52

3-point goals: Adams (4-25) — White 1-1, Wright 1-2, Glick 1-3, Thomas 1-3; Central (1-12) — Brouwer 1-2.

Rebounds: Adams (21) — Johnson 6; Central (28) — Stahl 8, Walters 7.

Turnovers: Adams 12, Central 20.

Fouls: Adams 16, Central 18. Fouled out — Taylor (:12, fourth quarter).

Officials: Scott Geist, Granger; Beau Dunfee, South Bend; Brandon Rogers, Mishawaka.

Records: Adams 8-1 (3-0 NIC), Central 2-6 (0-2 NIC).

Next: Warsaw vs. Central Tuesday at North Side Gym; SB Riley at Adams Friday.


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