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5 keys to Snider's win over Carroll

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Perimeter defense was pivotal for the Panthers

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 9:40 am

Snider adapted to a slower-style of play against Carroll in boy's basketball action on Tuesday and managed to pull out a 59-49 win at Snider.

Here were five keys to the Panther victory:

1. Three-point shooting

On the other side, Snider was nearly 50 percent from three-point range in the game. The Panthers hit nine three-pointers in the game on 20 attempts, including four from Stephen Halstead.

2. Basket, steal, basket

Snider had maintained a double digit lead for most of the second half, but then Carroll pulled it to within six points with 4:30 left in the game. Then Leander Williams drove through the lane for a basket. Williams following this up by getting a steal and pushed it in transition for another layup. Lead back to 10 in just a few plays.

3. White's foul trouble

Carroll's Chandler White led the Chargers with 16 points, but only two of them came in the first half. White picked up his second foul midway through the first quarter and Snider certainly took advantage. Then in the second half, the Panthers may not have stopped White, but they limited everyone else. White was the only one to have a non-free throw point until a little over four minutes remained in the game.

4. Double-figure scorers

Snider didn't get a ton of points from everyone on the team. Instead it rode the play of four sharp shooters in this game. Williams, Halstead, Aaron Washington and Trey'von Covington all scored in double figures and had all but three of the Panthers points. A coach may want to see contributions from a lot of his team, but when four players are in double figures that makes up for it and doesn't allow the defense to just focus on one or two guys.

5. Perimeter defense

Maybe it was Carroll missing some shots, but the Panthers didn't let them get many shots off without a hand in their face, especially from the outside. Carroll was held to just 29 percent shooting and only made two of 17 3-point shots. Perimeter defense like that usually leads to a win.