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MTZ boys basketball routs Charleston

Carson Cuddy goes up for a dunk in a 70-40 win against Charleston at Mt. Zion.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion boys basketball team defeated Charleston 70-40 last week in its line game of the week. Grant McAtee scored a game-high 22 points.

“I thought we played really well,” Head coach Dale Schuring said. “I think we transferred stuff from practice into the game. I think it’s the best we’ve run in a long time and just one of our better efforts in quite a while.”

Charleston took one lead at the beginning of the game when James Hess found Bret Spour on the wing for a three-pointer and a 3-0 lead.

The Braves responded with 10 straight points. Carson Cuddy found Grant McAtee who nailed the tying three-pointer. Lyncoln Koester tuna made a steak and found Carson Cuddy who slammed in the dunk to give the Braves a 5-0 lead. Cuddy then scored on a three-pointer off a Brayden Trimble assist and Koester drove to the basket for a layup to give the Braves a 10-3 lead.

The Braves finished the first quarter ahead 16-7 and went on to take a 33-13 halftime lead. The Braves defense contained the Trojans’ offense while the Braves’ offense ignited.

The Braves found multiple ways to score and that came off ball movement and utilizing multiple weapons. Along with McAtee, Braves had three other scorers in Doyle figures. Cuddy scored 11 points and JC Anderson and Koester each added 10 points apiece.

“We have talked all year long about sharing the ball and moving the ball,” Coach Schuring said. “When we do that we’re very good when we and when the ball stops moving and we start moving and we start dribbling a lot is when we struggle. Tonight we not only did that on the break break, we shared the ball incredibly well. I thought we shared it well in the offense and found the open guard.”

The Braves improved to 18-2 overall and 7-0 in Apollo Conference play. This week the Braves will face Rantoul and Tolono-Unity.

We don’t really have five days to prepare because show choirs got the building for the weekend,” Coach Schuring said. “We’re not back at it till Monday and then we play Tuesday, so not a whole lot.. Monday will be more a focus on Rantou, then we can have some time to tweak some stuff a little bit, but that’s what it is. And then we’ve played a lot of games since Christmas. So getting them back into the swing of things and there’s sickness and different things going around, so a few days off certainly aren’t gonna hurt us.”

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