By Will Willems
Despite shooting 50 percent in the first half Tuesday night against Plainfield, the Zionsville boys basketball team only held a five-point lead because they allowed Plainfield to control the tempo and get to the foul line.
That all changed after the halftime break. Zionsville shot 65 percent, forced 11 turnovers and out-scored the Quakers 43-26 in the second 16 minutes, cruising to a 70-48 road win.
“The first half Plainfield did a good job of dictating the tempo,” Zionsville head coach Shaun Busick said. “They were really patient and had long possessions — and because of that, we sped up a little bit. They were controlling the tempo and we wanted to get out and run a little bit. For us, it was important to come out in that third quarter to come out aggressive. Because if we were passive, they could get back in the game and really hold the ball. We made it a higher possession game in the third quarter and did it very unselfishly. We moved the ball really, really, well.”
Plainfield scored the first four points of the game, but Zionsville countered with a 10-0 run and never trailed again.
After the Quakers tied the game at 10, the Eagles closed the quarter on a 10-3 run — getting two 3-pointers from Jake Mann — to lead 20-13.
But Plainfield slowed the game way down in the second quarter and the teams shot 29 percent (5-of-17) from the field as the Eagles took a 27-22 lead into the break.
The Quakers cut the lead to 27-24 when Will Williams scored the first basket of the third quarter, but then Andrew Dakich took over.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.