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High school basketball: Carmel's defense stops Ben Davis

12:00 AM, Jan. 27, 2013 EST

CARMEL, Ind. -- Midway through the fourth quarter of a surprisingly easy rout of Ben Davis, Carmel High School basketball coach Scott Heady was still plenty vocal about any defensive miscues.

"Coach's intensity never goes down a notch," sophomore Ryan Cline said. "When he's intense, we're intense. When we're on a roll, we're on a roll."

The Class 4A No. 2 Greyhounds were certainly on one Saturday night, sinking 15-of-17 shots (88.2 percent) in the second half to turn a 10-point halftime lead into a 72-44 romp over the Giants in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference action.

"Good defense leads to great shots," Cline said. "That was probably the best we've played all year. If we play like that, I don't think anyone can beat us."

The Greyhounds (13-1, 4-0 MIC) shot 68.8 percent from 3-point range (11-of-16). Cline led the 3-point barrage, hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers en route to 16 points.

Senior guard Michael Volovic sank 3-of-5 3-pointers, finishing with 17 points. James Crowley was high for Carmel with 20 points, hitting two 3s. Volovic's twin brother, James, also made two 3-pointers.

For the game, Carmel nailed 25-of-36 shots (69.4 percent).

"Defensively we really got after it," Michael Volovic said. "We really worked on pressuring the ball and limiting Tony Wills' touches. We did a good job on him because we made him work for everything he got."

Wills was high for the Giants (10-4, 3-2) with 16 points.

Leading 28-18 at halftime, Carmel outscored Ben Davis 21-9 in the third quarter.

"Defensively, we were really solid for four quarters," Heady said. "We also won the boards and we knew that would be a challenge because that is a very good rebounding team. They only had three offensive rebounds for the game.

"Obviously we shot the ball well and that's why the score was like it was."

The Greyhounds also took care of the basketball, committing just four turnovers.

"It was a physical game," Heady said. "For us to just have four turnovers against a team with the athleticism they have, and they're a good defensive team . . ."

Heady said Zach McRoberts' contributions shouldn't be overlooked.

"Zach only scored six points but he had as big an impact on the game as anybody," Heady said. "He just made great passes and kept balls alive on the offensive end. Defensively, he did a great job on (Brennan) Gillis, holding him to two points."



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