Sequoyah (boys) 57, Lincoln Christian 35
The Sequoyah boys used a suffocating defense to trump Lincoln Christian 57-35.
The Indians (14-6) forced 24 turnovers and recorded 19 steals in the huge victory over the Indians (10-11). The home team also received points from nine different members of the squad.
Sequoyah recorded 29 points off turnovers to just six from Lincoln Christian. The Indians also scored 14 fast-break points and held a 34-18 edge in points in the paint.
“They had a good scheme to try to break our pressure, and it made us adapt our press a bit,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said. “We attacked the basket more and got to the free-throw line in the second half. That, along with the changing of our press, led to us holding them to just 17 points in the second half.”
The home team shot 44 percent (22-for-50) from the field, while holding the Bulldogs to just 32 percent (13-for-41) shooting. Those numbers trumped losing the rebounding battle 35-25.
Caisen Green led Sequoyah with 15 points. T.J. Jones added 10 off the bench for the home side.
“Getting a lot of turnovers helps us out a lot by giving us more offensive possessions,” Green said. “Not a lot of teams are able to press like we do, and that’s one of the reasons why I love playing here.”
Lincoln Christian held an 8-7 advantage after the first quarter, but Sequoyah took the lead in the second quarter and led 23-18 at intermission. The Indians wore down the Bulldogs in the second half and proved too much to handle, outscoring the visitors 34-17 in the final 16 minutes.
Austin Jones scored the first 10 points of the game for Lincoln Christian, and he ended with 18 points. He had seven rebounds in the first half but finished one shy of the double-double.