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January 16, 2013

Clean sweep for Keys over Catoosa

(Continued)

Keys (boys) 66, Catoosa 47

The two-headed monster of Trevor Eubanks and Payton Ragsdale did what they do best, combining for 42 points in a comfortable 66-47 win for the Keys boys over Catoosa.

Ragsdale was 8-for-13 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds in 27 minutes. Eubanks played a game-high 28 minutes and added five boards and five steals of his own.

“We just need them to keep doing exactly what they did tonight,” Keys coach Duane Jones said. “I love it when they play like that. We’re definitely going to miss them next year.”

Keys led just 7-4 after a lackluster first quarter, but the home side picked up the pace in the second and led 23-13 at intermission. A 26-point explosion in the third quarter was all the Cougars needed to cruise to the 19-point win.

“We just hit some shots, got some steals and had some easy buckets,” Jones said. “We’ve played poorly in the third quarter all year long, and we tried to emphasize that at halftime.”

Keys forced 17 Catoosa turnovers and held the visitors to just 37-percent shooting (16-for-45). The Cougars shot 46 percent (36 percent) from the field and knocked down 4 of 11 (36 percent) from downtown.

The home team dominated in the post, scoring 32 points in the paint to just 18 from Catoosa. The team also had 13 second-chance points and 12 fast-break points.

Keys was also aided by a combined 20 points and 12 rebounds from its other three starters in Cody Cole, Tyler Blankenship and Mason Turman.

“It’s important for us that each of those guys can contribute six or eight points,” Jones said. “Payton and Trevor are usually going to be our leading scorers, but when those other guys are scoring, we become that much better.”

Justin Phelps was the sole member of the Indians to reach double figures, as he finished with 13 points.

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