Bears continue streak

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 24, 2005

ORRVILLE – It didn’t matter that the free throw shooting was poor. The Keith Bears played a great floor game to beat Prattville 63 – 44 for their 8th win in a row.

“Anyone out there with any suggestions that will help us with our free throws call, write, or email us,” smiled Bear coach Joseph Pettway.

Keith shot only 55 percent from the foul line, hitting just 18 of 33 attempts.

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However, 36 of their 63 points was scored in the paint.

“We went into a stall motion offense, which is designed to give us a short jumper, a lay up, or a foul shot,” Pettway said.

The 13 – 5 Bears held the Lions to six points in the first quarter while putting up 15 themselves.

Alvin Jones came off the bench to score the last seven. Two technical fouls on Prattville in the 2nd quarter helped Keith to stretch it’s lead to 28 – 17 at the half, with Jones contributing 12 points.

In the third the Bears continued to have success with its triangle offense.

Fouls against the Lions began to mount up as they were having trouble defending. Keith again added to its advantage by the end of the 3rd quarter, building the score to 39 – 27. Prattville could only get as close as nine in the 4th, with two players fouling out. 14 of Keith’s 24 fourth quarter points were scored in the paint.

All their other points were made from the free throw line. “It seemed like home cooked officiating,” complained Prattville coach Calvin Hunter. Final score: 63 – 44.

Lewis Lee topped all scorers with 16 points.

He also pulled down 9 rebounds. Both Ladarious Jones and Alvin Jones added 12 each. Keith will be idle until Saturday when they host the Selma Saints.