December 8, 2012
HARROD — Bath coach Doug Davis felt he detected a weakness in his team last weekend despite the fact the Wildcats won the Elida Tip Off Classic and stood 2-0 on the young season.
That weakness was a perceived lack of aggressiveness on the defensive end of the court.
The Wildcats fixed that problem, and then some, as they destroyed Allen East 108-59 Friday night at the home of the Mustangs.
Allen East had no answer for the tenacious full court defensive pressure employed by the Wildcats and the end result was 29 turnovers in the game for the Mustangs.
“I felt we were a little conservative last weekend,” Davis said. “We looked to be aggressive tonight with the full-court pressure.”
On top of the turnovers, Bath found its shooting eye and connected on 61 percent from the field in the first half as the Wildcats exploded to a 60-32 halftime lead.
Bath (3-0) wound up with six players scoring in double figures, led by Taren Sullivan with a game high 28 points that included five 3-pointers.
“We’ve been waiting for Taren to get hot and when he did he got everyone else involved,” Davis said. “We put six guys in double figures and I don’t remember any team I coached doing that.”
Other Bath players to finish in double digits included Connor Rockhold with 15 points, Logan Rockhold with 14, Cole Chambers with 13, Doug Sanders with 12 and Hayden Atkins with 10.
“We found the open guy for shots and went to the boards hard,” Davis said. “We had 23 offensive rebounds tonight.”
Allen East (0-3) was led in scoring by Clay Plaugher with 17 points while Matt Shuey added 10 for the Mustangs.
Coach Rick Sherrick knew Bath was a tough matchup for his team.
“Their defense created it all and Logan and Connor Rockhold were the difference,” he said. “When we did get the ball in the half-court we were able to score.”
Bath ended the game hitting 52 percent from the field on 41 of 78 shooting while the Mustangs ended the night connecting on 21 of 46 from the floor for 45 percent.