By BRANDON RICHARDSON
The Duluth High School boys’ basketball team took Mill Creek High School into overtime and took a 2-point win over the Hawks. Head Coach Chad Rodgers says there are still some improvements that need to be made.
“We have some work to do. We are giving up 60 points a game and are trying to outscore people,” said boys basketball head coach Chad Rodgers.
Offensive efficiency was not displayed by either team in the first quarter but both were able to make a statement defensively. Chase Duffy opened the game with a block for MCHS to try and set the tone on the defensive end. The Hawks saw a six-point lead evaporate as the quarter ended tied at 11 a piece.
Duluth took its first lead of the game 15 – 14 with 6:28 left in the second quarter, but neither team could take control of the second quarter. Both teams saw multiple lead changes before tying the game at 22 all.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Shaw and Austin Ragsdale provided the largest lead of the quarter for either team. Just as MCHS looked to get hot, Duluth slowed them down and both were trapped in another tie at the break.
It was evident throughout the second half that the game was going to come down the wire. Both teams suffered a drought offensively; the final two minutes of the game saw both teams at the free throw line in more than one occasion.
“[Our players] have to play where they are supposed to play [on the court],” said Rodgers.
Down by one with 19 seconds left, Bryant was fouled and tied the game once again. On Duluth’s following possession, Duffy took a charge, giving MCHS a chance for a last second shot and the win, but they were unable to convert.
The offensive struggles ended up costing MCHS in overtime. Duluth took a 5-point lead with less than two minutes; Shaw scored seven straight points to bring MCHS within two but multiple fouls helped Duluth put the game away.
“We had a lot of one-on-one play going on. Fouls caused us to [have to play] guys in different positions,” said Rodgers.
Shaw led his team with 24 points on the night. Bryant also turned in a solid effort with 13 points and led his team in rebounds. Mill Creek will host Habersham Central High School tomorrow night. Show time is set for 8:30 p.m