CENTERBURG — For the first eight minutes Monday, the Danville offense was running like a well-oiled machine. But, Centerburg found the right mix of defensive pressure and intensity, and turned the Devils’ offensive machine into a rusty bucket of nails. After giving up 18 points in the first quarter, Centerburg held Danville to just 17 the rest of the way and rolled to a 52-35 victory in a nonconference boys basketball game at Centerburg.
“I think our defensive intensity and effort was much better,” said Centerburg coach John Marhefka. “We were able to lock down and got back to what we needed to do. Danville came out with more energy and effort than us. We had to find a way to combat that.”
The Blue Devils (3-4) came roaring out of the gate, scoring the first five points of the game. Andy Payne was a huge factor in the early surge of the Devils as he scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the first quarter.
“We came out very patient and executed what we wanted to do,” said Danville coach Josh Middleton. “We worked the ball around well and took care of it. Obviously, the score showed that.
“But, then things got bad. They (Centerburg) did a good job of adjusting in the second quarter. They came out with more fire than us.”
Offensively, the Trojans (8-0) went to their big man to help get things going. 6-foot-7 center Clayton Schaefer scored five of his game-high 17 points during a 9-0 Centerburg run that closed the gap in the second quarter.
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