DANVILLE — After losing its first Mid-Buckeye Conference game of the year Tuesday, Fredericktown coach Kirk Manns was wondering how his team would react.
No need to worry.
The Freddies put on a defensive clinic Friday, shutting down host Danville, 64-25.
“I think we were ready to play tonight,” said Manns. “I think after losing Tuesday, we were focused a bit more tonight. I think we were focused and ready to play. It’s good to see us bounce back like that.”
The Freddies (9-4 overall, 7-1 MBC) turned up the defensive intensity from the opening tip Friday. They held Danville without a basket for the first nine minutes of the game, allowing just one in the whole first half. Casey Sloan scored the only basket of the half for Danville as the Freddies took leads of 15-3 after one quarter and 30-10 at intermission.
“They are very good defensively,” said Danville coach Doug Selvey. “They minimized our penetration and cut the gaps. They communicate well defensively and do everything a Kirk Manns’ coached team does.”
While the defense was putting the clamps on the Devils (5-10, 2-8), the Freddie offense was also clicking. They scored three quick buckets to open the game and made 13 of 20 shots from the field in the first half.
The Freddies spread the wealth around in the first half, but really got a boost from Rashad Boyd, who came off the bench to score 21 points, including three buckets on dunks.
“Rashad gave us a big boost off the bench,” Manns said. “We had a lot of guys step up inside tonight. Give a lot of credit to Garrett (Gatton). He had some big rebounds (10 overall).
“We dominated the boards (45-21). The effort was very good defensively and that gave us a chance to be successful.”