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Tuesday night’s matchup of T.F. North and Eisenhower looked more like a free throw competition than a basketball game, mainly due to the fact that both teams had a difficult time adjusting to the strict eye of the night’s officials. The Cardinals went 26-of-43 from the line while the Meteors went 23-of-45 from the charity stripe. Neither team could find any rhythm with a whistle coming almost every other possession, but T.F. North (3-0) was able to make a couple free throws down the stretch on their way to a 77-70 win.
The Meteors, playing on their third game of the season, struggled with the run-and-gun offense of Eisenhower (3-4) which led to many mistakes on the night.
“If we make our free throws and don’t turn the ball over, it’s a different game,” said T.F. North coach Tim Bankston. “(Eisenhower’s) style sucked us in and got us out of our element.”
Throughout the game when the Meteors were able to break the press and set up their offense, Nick Wood was able to take over on the offensive end. Wood, who stands 6-6, had 21 points on the night before becoming the first of four Meteors to foul out when he committed his fifth foul with 6:08 left to play.
Despite the lack of joy he had for the way his team played, Bankston was quick to point out that he feels good teams find a way to win, which his team did Tuesday night.
Even after a loss, Cardinals’ coach Mike Curta thought this was the first game this season in which his squad competed for 32 minutes which came as a bit of a surprise because the mood around the program hasn’t been great the past couple of days with Curta’s brother-in-law passing Monday and his two sons, Nick and Vinny, being members of the team.
“We’ve had lulls in previous games, but we competed the whole night,” he said. “We have to clean a few things up like our shot selection but things will work themselves out.”
Cardinals’ guard Tyrone Terrell led all scorers with 32 points and BJ Bronaugh chipped in 10 points. Danya Coleman scored 16 points and Quawone Harris scored 14 points for the Meteors.