Tidioute rolls past Eisenhower for 10th win
Leave no doubt.
That was Tidioute’s mindset going into Saturday’s game against Eisenhower, and they did just that, going on a 22-2 run to start the game en route to a 61-29 victory.
The Bulldog duo of Jared Veasey and Patrick Shields were dominant, with Veasey scoring 27 points and pulling down eight rebounds and Shields pouring in 16 points and ripping down 12 boards.
“We wanted to be focused right from the get go and I give the kids credit,” said Tidioute coach Terry Cotterman.
“The ball movement was good and we were patient on offense.”
Four of Tidioute’s (10-5) five starters scored in the opening quarter, which included a 3 by Shields a pair of buckets from Derek Klos, and a layup courtesy of Maison Deloe (who also had five steals in the game) that made it 13-2.
It was the Veasey show in the second quarter, as the senior scored 11 of his 27 points in the period. Shields buried two more 3’s and Dalton Kennedy sank a pair of free throws as the lead continued to swell.
“We try and get him the ball inside,”Cotterman said of Veasey. “He’s a good player. I’m pretty fortunate to have good players. And they’ve put the time in.”
Eisenhower’s long scoring drought ended on a bucket by Curt Darling and Jared Martone connected on a triple just before the half, but other than that it was all Bulldogs, as they took a 34-8 lead into the locker room.
The Knights (1-15) came out and started the third quarter on an 8-2 run on buckets from Drew Williams, Thakari Warren, Darling and Martone.
The Bulldogs responded in a big way, going on a 10-0 spurt of their own, with Veasey accounting for six of those to help give his team a 30-point lead.
Ryan Williams sank a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter to give Tidioute it’s biggest lead of the game. It was a quiet game scoring-wise for Williams, but he played very solid, as did Klos, who finished with 10 points.
“Derek had a nice, solid game,” Cotterman said. “He’s come a long way at the point guard position and has really matured. And Ryan, everyone knows he can shoot, but I told him it’s what you do in between that makes the difference. Both of them played really well.”
Martone led Eisenhower with 12 points.
Eisenhower won the JV game, 34-23. Darling had 10 points, Dillon Benson eight and Jake Venman six for the Knights. Jacob Merrit had nine and Sean Mayer six for the Bulldogs.
It’s a big week coming up for Tidioute with their second wave of Region 1 games – at Commodore Perry on Tuesday and home against Jamestown on Friday.
They beat Commodore Perry the first time around and will be looking for revenge against a Jamestown team that had their number in the first meeting.
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Veasey 10-7-7-27, Shields 6-1-2-16, Williams 0-2-2-2, Klos 5-0-0-10, Deloe 2-0-0-4, Sabella 0-0-0-0, Kennedy 0-2-2-2, Moyer 0-0-0-0, J. Merrit 0-0-0-0, Totals 23-12-13-61
Williams 1-0-1-2, Darling 2-1-2-5, Alexander 2-0-0-4, Martone 4-3-4-12, Robinault 0-0-0-0, Warren 2-0-0-4, Venman 0-2-2-2, Benson 0-0-0-0, Totals 11-6-9-29
Tidioute 13 21 12 15 – 61
Eisenhower 2 6 12
Three-point FGs: Tidioute (3) – Shields 3; Eisenhower (1) – Martone