MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Ariel Arena has a shot clock that’s used for college games. It wasn’t turned on Saturday because the games were high school teams playing in the MVNUnited Invitational. It didn’t matter to the Fredericktown Freddies either way, as they didn’t need it.
The Freddies used an up-tempo, fast-break game plan to outrace Temple Christian, 68-41, during the fourth of six games played on the day.
“That’s our point of emphasis every night. We have a deep bench and we want to utilize it by getting out in transition,” said Fredericktown coach Derek Dibling. “We work on transitioning from defense to offense. … We’re not tall, but we’re athletic and well-conditioned, so we want to get out and run.”
The Freddies (5-2) did just that early, scoring all eight of its baskets on layups. But, it wasn’t enough to pull away from Temple Christian quite yet, and the Freddies led just 18-15 at the quarter break.
It didn’t get any easier in the first six minutes of the second quarter as the Crusaders got two triples from Levi Simpson to keep the game close.
“We were a little complacent, a little sluggish and not playing hard (in the second quarter). We took some possessions off and gave up some baskets. That’s not typical of our guys,” Dibling said.
The pace slowed a little bit in the third quarter, but Fredericktown still scored twice on fast-break layups as the lead remained 14.
From there the benches emptied and the Freddies reserves continued the fast pace, scoring the final 10 points of the game.
The game was part of a full day at MVNU and one Dibling was happy to be part of.
“This is a great venue to play in and a good experience for us to get out on a big floor,” he said. “We were excited to play here and get a taste of what the college game is like.”
The Freddies spread the wealth offensively, as all 10 guys who dressed got in the scorebook. They even had four guys reach double figures, led by Lincoln Cunningham, who scored 14 of his 15 points in the first half. Nick Cunningham added 13, while Terry Fearn and Jake Partington both had 10 points. Caleb Sheriff added six, Clem Cunningham four, Ty Hatfield three, and the Freddies got two apiece from Mason Finnell, Thomas Caputo and Connor Zolman.
Levi Simpson led the Crusaders with 17 points, while his brother Logan Simpson, added 12.
The Freddies will be back in action Friday, hosting River Valley.