Cleveland used a strong second half to pull away from Corinth Holders on Friday night in a Two Rivers 3A basketball game.
The Rams led by a single point at halftime, 28-27, but opened the second half with six straight points and led by at least five points the rest of the game.
Junior Bobby Stenborg, a 6-foot-3 wing player who is one of the top talents in the league, led the Rams with a game-high 23 points.
“I talked to them at halftime about picking it up defensively,” Cleveland coach John Jacobs said. “In the first half, we gave (Corinth Holders) too many open shots. I challenged them at halftime to play better defense because offense comes from defense. They listened for a change. They are getting better, they are learning.”
Cleveland improved to 2-1 in the Two Rivers, 8-7 overall. Corinth Holders dropped to 1-2 in the league, 2-14 overall.
Corinth Holders coach Chris Davis applauded the effort of guard Tori Carmichael: “He worked hard on the defensive end and took care of the ball pretty well. I thought he did a lot of good things. He always brings us a ton of energy when he is out there.”
Corinth Holders shot the ball well from the outside in the first half against Cleveland’s zone, making four 3-pointers. “We moved the ball well on offense in the first half, particularly in the second quarter,” Davis said.
Corinth Holders had trouble with turnovers, particularly in the third period. “We didn’t execute. We have enough shooters even if they extend their zone – when we throw the ball to our team,” Davis said. “It’s been the same song after every loss. If we take care of the basketball, it’s a completely different ballgame.”
“Just keep getting better at what we do,” Jacobs said. “We don’t have to wait until next year. I told them we can do some things this year if we just keep getting better.”