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South Central scores first win, rolls over Cannelton

The South Central boys’ basketball team picked up its first win of the season with an 82-57 romp Saturday at Cannelton.
The Rebels started out fast and jumped out to a 27-9 first-quarter lead.
‘We were able to get in the passing lanes and get some easy steals,’ Rebels coach Ryan Crick said. ‘The main reason for the great start is because we stuck to the game plan. We got the ball into our big kids.’
Mark O’Connor was able to run the floor well and was rewarded with several layups. He finished with a team best 19 points. He also had six rebounds.
South Central effectively attacked the boards, pulling down 58 team rebounds, including 30 on the offensive side. Jason Boston had 19 total rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass. He also closed the game with 18 points. Sam Cunningham (15 points) and Kyle Pease (12 points) reached double-figure scoring.
‘We had a season low 16 turnovers and a season high 22 assists,’ said Crick, who picked up his first win as a South Central coach.
Cannelton was paced by Brandon Cook’s 29 points.
‘We have a tough week ahead of us with our first home game and first conference game against Borden Friday night, then we travel to Tell City Saturday night,’ Crick said.
Last Tuesday, South Central lost on the road against Clarksville, 75-45.
‘We stayed with them most of the way through the second quarter,’ Crick said. ‘We would get it to eight points then turn it over, and they would score eight points. We basically shot ourselves in the foot.’
Pease paced the team with 17 points, followed by Boston’s 13. Boston also had nine rebounds.
‘I felt that we should have been in the game if it weren’t for our shot selection and turnovers,’ Crick said.
He added that the team needs to improve on seeing the floor and finding open guys.
Aidan McEwen led Clarksville in scoring with 26 points, followed by Austin Johnson with 15.
South Central (1-3) will open Southern Athletic Conference play when it hosts Borden (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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