LEO — Bryce Beer hit a shot with seconds remaining to send his Leo team to overtime against New Haven. That wouldn't be enough though as after 40 minutes of basketball the Bulldogs prevailed 82-75 to beat Leo. Here are five keys to the victory.
Leo had 19 turnovers in the game but eight were in the overtimes. New Haven had great defense in the second overtime as it created a turnover on four straight possessions to pull away from the Lions and finally put the game away.
2. Points in transition
New Haven got the turnovers and used them effectively. The Bulldogs routinely took off after turnovers and on outlet passes off rebounds. It finished the game with 22 points off the turnovers and had numerous other fastbreak points to put the game away.
3. Second chance points
The rebounding margin was close as New Haven had 42 and Leo 37. With the Bulldogs having a huge advantage with Steve McElvene inside, that isn't bad for the Lions. What New Haven did well, though, was getting points off those rebounds. The Bulldogs outscored them 15-2 on second chance points.
4. Jordan Hogue's all-around game
With Leo in a zone, the Bulldogs inside option of McElevene limited early. Leo built an 11-point lead with this plan, but the Hogue took over in the second quarter. New Haven went on a 24-4 run as Hogue finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. He also added
two steals for good measure.
5. Weathering Leo’s shooting
Leo boy's basketball coach Cary Cogdell said his team’s best aspect is 3-point shooting. At times, this was good and bad. Leo scored 36 points off 3-pointers and when the Lions shot well, they controlled the game, but when they didn’t New Haven took control. The Bulldogs did well to battle through periods where the Lions simply could not miss and took advantage when they went cold.