By Ethan Colbert
Bowling Green boys basketball coach Brandon McCann has seen his Bobcats roar to a 4-2 mark to start the season, thanks in large part to an offense that is averaging 59.2 points per game and a
defense that is limiting opposing teams to an average of 49.6 points per game.
Last week, the Bobcats had to rely on some old-fashioned, hard-nosed defense — especially in the second half — to roll to a 70-35 victory over the Wright City Wildcats in the Bobcats’ first Eastern Missouri Conference game of the season.
“Early on, we were slacking in our defense again,” McCann said in a postgame interview with the Times. “When we do that we struggle to stop teams. We go for a steal, we don’t get it, and then Wright City got an easy lay up. Or we would go for to block their shot rather than just simply playing good defense.”
In the minutes between the first and second quarter, McCann said he talked to the team about picking up the defensive pressure.
“We had to get back to defending,” McCann said.
The Bobcats managed to build a double digit in the second quarter after Kameron Worley went on a seven-point scoring spree to open the period.
Worley’s points would be the spark that Bowling Green needed to outscore their opponents 18 to 9 by the halftime break.
Bowling Green ratcheted up the defensive pressure in the second half, and a number of steals and Wright City turnovers, led to some easy scoring opportunities around the basket for the Bobcats.
Bowling Green’s defense held the Wildcats scoreless through the first seven minutes of the eight minute period, before Wright City finally ended their scoring drought.
In the meantime, Bowling Green went on a scoring frenzy as seven BGHS basketball players — Kaleo Dade, Gavin Deters, George Niemeyer, Michael Starks, Kameron Worley, Matt McDannold, and Drew Bowen — scored in the third quarter.
After the game, the first-year head coach complimented his team on their ability to play fundamentally sound team-minded basketball in the third quarter.
“I think when you are having fun, the games come easier and your shots start to fall,” McCann said. “When you start sharing the ball with your teammates and you start getting assists, then that makes the game even more fun. Tonight we had a lot of fun.”
Looking ahead, the Bobcats are set to face the Mark Twain Tigers on December 17 at the rural Ralls County High School.
The Bobcats won’t return to the confines of the BGHS gymnasium until December 20 when they host the Palmyra Panthers for a non-conference game.
Scoring: Kameron Worley, 19 points; George Niemeyer, 12 points; Kaleo Dade, 9 points; Gavin Deters, 8 points; Matt McDannold, 7 points; Austin Callahan, 4 points; Drew Bowen, 3 points; and Bryson Heidecker, 1 point.