Normal Community's ability to control the inside with its big men led to pretty sizable advantage in almost every areaagainst the Moline boys' basketball team.|
The result was pretty wide margin as Normal defeated Moline, 62-43, at Wharton Field House to extend its winning streak to 14 games. The Ironmen have not lost since a Dec. 27 setback to Rock Island at the State Farm Holiday Classic.
The Ironmen lead began to grow in the second half after they used a solid second half to offset a fast Moline start.
Moline (16-9)held a 17-16 lead after the first period.Brandon Vice knocked down a basket inside to get the secondquarter rolling, but after that, Normal went on a 15-7 run to claim the lead.
"We were able to get some post touches and scores in the paint," Normalcoach Dave Witzig said. "We hitsome 3s as well. That was one of our best quarters of the year."
Trevor and Tyler Seibring were a nice tandem for the Ironmen, combining to score 30 points andgrabbing in 12 rebounds.
"We shot the ball well in the first half," Moline coach Jeff Schimmel said. "They spread us out defensively and made us pay for it, making free throws late. With their size, quickness andstrength, it was tough for us to get anything started."
Normal was 11-for-14 from the charity stripe in the fourth to put a little extra space between itself and Moline. Normal enjoyed a huge advantage at the line, going 21-of-26 while the Maroonswere just2-for-6 in the game.Moline also was outrebounded, 32-20.
"In the second half, we were able to control the tempo and make them come get us," Witzig said."I'm glad our guys executedand played well against a very tough team."
Tyler Biscontine led Moline with 14 and four 3-pointers. Vice completed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"They were really physical and intense," Vice said. "At some points, we justcouldn't match that. They were one of the bigger teams I've ever played. It was difficult. They weren't big and small, they were strongstocky kids. It was tough."
Moline turned the ball over 15 times in the game. Ten of those coming in the second half when Normal was able toput the game out of reach.
"We need to work on being smarter and taking better care of the ball," Vice said. "It all comes down to taking smart shots and being smart with the ball, and not making dumb turnovers like we did."
Normal had the advantage in shooting percentage at43 percent (18-for-41) from the field, while Molinewas 35 percent. Molinemade just as many shots as the visitors, but shot 10 more timesthanthem.
"We hung with them for a half, maybe," Schimmel said. "It was tough with their big guys and how physical they were. They controlled the inside and we weren't able to get second shots. With that size, it's hard for us to compete."
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