Tigers’ 2nd half clinic stymies Mooney
The CPS Tigers, ranked No. 6 in Class D, went from scratching their heads in the first half, trailing Marine City Cardinal Mooney by 10 points, to clawing the Cardinals into shreds in the second half. It all led to a 65- 41 blowout for the 8-0 Tigers in their non-league test on Thursday night. Mooney was the Class D State runner up last winter, but have just two starters returning from that squad.
CPS came out with fullcourt pressure on defense, but Mooney responded with some quick buckets inside and began finding open looks on the perimeter to extend a 15-10 first quarter lead to 31-21 by halftime. Four triples, including three from Garrison Glowniak, an All-State candidate, helped the Cardinal cause. Then, two late turnovers by the Tigers led to a pair of easy buckets and the 10-point lead.
“In the first half,” explained Coach Cliff Amey of CPS, “our game plan fell right into their strength. There was not enough credit put into how fast they were.”
The Tigers fell out of the press in the third quarter and into a halfcourt man defense, and had junior guard Hayden Adams glued to Glowniak. Then, on the offensive end, the Tigers were near perfect in everything they did.
While holding Mooney (2-4) to just six points in the quarter, CPS hit 12 of 13 shots from the floor including a five-for-five effort from junior post Calvin Amey and three triples from sophomore Matt Falls, who went on to finish with 24 points, all coming on a school-record eight threepointers. A bucket by Amey put the Tigers up, 37-36, with a little over three minutes in the quarter.
A triple from Falls, three inside baskets from junior Steve Koehler (two on feeds from Amey and another from Adams), and one more hoop from Amey took the Tigers to a 48-37 lead going into the final quarter.
“You have to give Coach (Corey) Tanton (assistant coach) credit,” pointed out Coach Amey. “He helped tremendously at halftime. He said we needed to go out of out full-court defense and get some stops. We also needed to focus on what what we do best (on offense). Mooney had no answer inside for Calvin.
“Calvin had 10 points in the third quarter.... and that opened up the outside for Matt,” added Amey.
Falls ignited a 7-0 run to start the final quarter with his sixth triple to quickly take the lead to 18, 55-37, over the stunned Cardinals. From there, Coach Amey pulled the ball back and let Mooney chase.
Falls, a 5’11” guard, then connected on his recordbreaking eighth three-pointer with under four minutes left. He broke the mark of seven set by Matt Frostic 20 years earlier.
“That kid can score in bunches, he really can. He’s the purest shooter we have,” said Amey referring to Falls’ hot hand. “One difference is getting him to play both ends of the court, but he’’s starting to understand that.”
Calvin Amey added to his career double-double games by finishing with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, Adams had nine points to go along with a stellar second half defensive effort on Glowniak, who finished with 18 points, but only four in the final two quarters.
“Hayden went lock-down on their best player in the second half,” praised Coach Amey,
The Tigers will get into the thick of their NCTL South title chase next week. CPS, 3-0 in the South, will host North Huron, defending North champions, on Monday, January 24, and then visit Memphis (4-0, 5- 4) the current South leader, on Thursday, January 27.
CPS 85 Port Hope 22
The NCTL game played earlier in the week was over in the opening quarter when the Tigers staked a 33-3 lead.
Led by Calvin Amey’s 20 points and Hayden Adams’ 15, all CPS players reached the scoring column.