CARBONDALE — Coming off an overtime loss to Marion the Carbondale Terriers shook off the disappointment to beat Cape Notre Dame, 43-34, and snap the Bulldogs two-game winning streak in a non-conference boys basketball game Saturday afternoon.
“The plan was to survive the day because it could have gone a lot of different ways,” said Carbondale coach Jim Miller.
Carbondale (20-6) had an off day on offense shooting just 42.4 percent from the field (14-of-33) and just 2-of-8 from beyond the arc with Beane being held to just seven points on two baskets and two free throws.
“Darius played 32 minutes last night, plus the overtime, and never came out of the game,” Miller said. “He was physically and mentally exhausted and it showed, but he also showed a lot of character today and a lot of confidence in this teammates. I don’t recall him making many bad decisions. He handled the ball well, made sure the people who needed the ball had the ball and got us in our sets. And defensively he did a much better job today than he did last night.”
Filling the offensive void were Jakeba Burleigh, who came off the bench to lead the team in the scoring with 12 points, and Zanidrelle “Z” Johnson, who sparked the team on both ends of the court with 11 points, four steals and five rebounds.
“We just had to have a win before this weekend was over because that was a big game Friday and we should have got it,” Johnson said.
The Terriers’ shooting percentage would have been a lot worse if they hadn’t found their shooting eye in the second half. After shooting just 30 percent in the first half (6-of-20) the Terriers improved to 8-of-13 after halftime.
“I thought Jakeba did a fantastic job today,” Miller said. “I thought “Z” Johnson had a fantastic game as well with the energy that he had and Seth Ousley gave us a spark when we needed it.”
The Terrier defense was solid forcing 20 turnovers, including nine steals, while holding the Bulldogs to 38.8 percent from the field (14-of-36), including just 2-of-13 from long distance. Bulldogs guard Tyler Landewee led the game with 13 points, including two 3-pointers in the final 4:07 of the game.
“The way we’ve been playing and they way we’ve practicing this is going to have to be a minor speed bump because we don’t have time to wallow in this,” said Cape Notre Dame coach Paul Unterreiner.
The game got off to very slow start with the both teams missing their first three shots until Dawson Dohogne drew a foul and made both his free throws at the 2:49 mark.
The Terriers then tied the game on a jumper by Clayton Greer. Landewee regained the lead for Cape Notre Dame, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Beane and Burleigh followed by a pull-up jumper by Ousley gave the Terriers a six-point lead with 1:42 left in the quarter.
Cape Notre Dame (13-11) cut the lead to four with 37 seconds left when Justice Thoma stole the ball and raced down the court to sink a jumper.
Burleigh drew a foul to open the second quarter and made his first free throw, but missed the second. Notre Dame then cut the lead to one on consecutive putbacks by Carter Dame and Dohogne over a 43 seconds span.
The Terriers came right back with Greer making two free throws, but Thomas Crippen split a pair of free throws to cut the lead back to two. Davaris Macklin then scored on a layup while being fouled, but missed the free throw to leave the Terriers up by four with 3:52 left in the half.
Johnson opened the third quarter with a layup and the teams traded baskets for the next 3:34, until Landewee drew a shooting foul and missed his first free throw and made his second to cut the lead to five.
A minute and 14 seconds later, Burleigh did the same thing, except he made the free throw to extend the lead to eight and it remained that way for the rest of the quarter.
Burleigh drew another foul to open the fourth quarter and again was perfect at the line. After trading baskets, Notre Dame scored and Landewee converted another steal into a basket to cut the lead to six, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get as Johnson pulled off four steals in the final five minutes to maintain the lead.