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Bombers pull away to defeat 'Dogs

It took a strong second half, but in the end the Barnum boys basketball team prevailed 61-39 over Carlton on Thursday night in Barnum. In the first half, Carlton was able to hold Barnum back. "We played very well the first half and basically cont...

It took a strong second half, but in the end the Barnum boys basketball team prevailed 61-39 over Carlton on Thursday night in Barnum.

In the first half, Carlton was able to hold Barnum back.

"We played very well the first half and basically controlled the tempo of the game," said Carlton coach Mark Cool. "We took the air out of the ball and slowed it down on the offensive set. I was very happy with what we accomplished in the first half."

The Bulldogs hung tight with the Bombers, but highly-ranked Barnum managed to hold a 25-20 halftime lead.

"Carlton was patient in the first half and worked the ball around and got good shots," explained Bomber coach Rich Newman. "The pace of the game got our guys out of sync a little bit."

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The second half was another story however, as the Bombers turned on the offense and outscored the Bulldogs 36-19.

"The second half we did a better job defensively and got some turnovers resulting in easy baskets," mentioned Newman. "We were able to turn up the pace of the game more to our liking. We were happy with our team's effort in the second half and on our execution on offense."

Curtis Houle led the Bombers with 16 points, Josh Earlywine added 12, Dylan Eggen chipped in with nine, Alex Johnson finished with six, it was five for Eric Johnson, Kyle Grimm scored four, it was three apiece for Mike Gilliuson and Frankie Barrios, Jake Waseen recorded two and it was a point for Jeff Dianoski.

"In the second half they made a couple of adjustments and really pressured us to try to speed up the tempo and it worked," remarked Cool. "They applied different types of pressure and we couldn't take care of the basketball and turned it over early and often in the second half that led to easy buckets for them."

Josh Dahl and Justin Schwartz finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs. Matt Ostby scored six, Chris Domogalia contributed four points, and both Mike Lundquist and Mike Saunders had two in the loss.

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