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Posted: 02/13/13


Brad Sorenson looking to pass the ball before getting in a Dakota trap.

(Observer photo by Mike Nicley)

Good defensive play puts varsity
boys on top in Dakota game

by RICK DESOTELL
Observer Sports Writer
      When they put it all together, the Romeo High basketball team can play with just about anybody. Unfortunately, when they are off, the same holds true in reverse.
       Last Tuesday, at home, the Bulldogs got 20 points and seven rebounds from junior post player Adam Davis and 13 points and five assists from guard Drew Cushingberry en route to an impressive 63-47 MAC Red win over high powered Dakota.
       Brad Sorenson had five points for the Bulldogs. Jon Towne, George Wilson, Zach Rizo and Blake Williams had four points each; Ryan Romer had three and Joey Curtis and Dwight Towne had two apiece for Romeo, which improved to 2-5 in the division.
       "We lost to Dakota in overtime the first time we faced them, so it was nice to get one back,'' said Romeo Coach Dale Teller. "They are considered one of the better teams in our league, but our gym was packed and players fed off that I think. It was probably our best game of the year defensively. We played with a lot of energy and intensity right from the start and, as a result, our transition offense was able to take advantage.''
       Brian Orr led Dakota, which came in averaging 63 points a game, with 13 points and D.J. Lazarus added 11 points.
       Chippewa Valley 49, Romeo 44:
       Friday, Feb. 8, at Chippewa, Davis finished in double figures once again with 16 points and D. Towne added eight in a losing cause for Romeo.
       Cushingberry and J. Towne added five points each, Wilson was next with four and Rizo and Romer had three apiece for the Bulldogs (7-8 overall).
       Jerry Taylor led the Big Reds with 18 points followed by Brandon Ramirez with 10.
       "Teams are trying some gimmick defenses to take Drew (Cushingberry) out of the game and, as a result, other players will have to respond,'' said Teller. "We did that against Dakota but not too well tonight. We had opportunities; we were up 19-12 at the half and had chances in the third to put them away, but mistakes led to easy baskets at the other end. We just made too many mistakes. Dwight Towne gave us some good minutes as did Adam Davis again. Adam has really stepped his game up at both ends and is rebounding well. I want to give credit to our bench guys Paul LaBaere, Paul Medaugh and Joe Curtis who have pushed players in practice to get better.''
      
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