TRR photos by Ted Waddell

Break out: Sullivan West’s Brendan Cardona charges the lane against Tuxedo’s Ryan Tinger and Spencer Griffler.

Dawgs blow past Tornadoes 74-18

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The boards can be a real killer.

Although the score was a bit lopsided at the final buzzer—I guess you could call a 56-point margin a bit off-kilter—by all accounts, it was a one-sided battle on the boards during Friday’s non-league boys basketball game between the home team Sullivan West Bulldogs (3-2) and the Tornadoes of Tuxedo Free Union School.

“We got off to a good start, but then got a little complacent after that,” said Tuxedo coach Matthew Takeuchi.

Back to the boards.

During the game, which featured the Dawgs out-posting the opposition in every frame (25-6, 19-7, 17-3 and 13-7), the home team got several chances polishing the glass under the boards, out-battling the Tornadoes on both sides of the court three or four times before sinking a bucket.

“Once we started getting beat up on the boards, things got out of hand… basically that’s the bottom line,” added Takeuchi.

As the score really started to mount for the home-team hoopsters, Bulldogs coach John Meyer emptied the bench, and in a class move sent out the word, “No more threes,” in the second half, stating afterward, “…I didn’t want to embarrass them.”

It’s always a challenge to ask hard-charging bucketeers to pull their punches and curtail an inherent desire to win, but during the first half, a couple of Bulldogs managed to sneak in a few from outside the arch: Brandon Dailey (2) and Collin Hauschild (1).

On the topic of threes, Tuxedo’s Ryan Tinger had two, while Spencer Griffler and Clayton Post had one each.

Sullivan West double-digit players: Reis Gieger 15 points and 8 rebounds, Dailey 14, and 10 each for Cody Powell and Alex Unser, while Brendan Cardona posted 6 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 5 rebounds.

Tinger was the Tornadoes high-pointer with a total of seven.

Stats from the FTL: SW 5/12 (42%), TUX 1/4 (25%).

“Tuxedo comes in and plays hard… I wanted to run through our offense, so we knew we could do it,” said Meyer.

Looking ahead to their next games, he added, “We’ve got to play better, our defense can’t be sloppy at all… when you play better teams, we have to be fundamentally sound and can’t give the ball away.”

“We just got to keep working and getting better every day… be confident in our offense.”

Cody Powell is a 14-year-old freshman point guard.

“The season’s been going pretty good… we’re trying to adjust this year,” adding of the game, “It was decent, [but] I was missing too many of my open shots.”

Collin Hauschild is back of the court as a senior small forward and shooting guard after sustaining a sprained ankle in the all-stars football game at the end on the gridiron season.

His take of the 2017-18 basketball term?

“It’s going pretty well… started off a little slow, but now we’re getting back hot… tonight we played good team basketball.”


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