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  • Galena shoots past Southeast

  • The Galena Bulldogs used a powerful shooting display to roll over the Southeast Lancers 61-33 in the Class 3A substate quarterfinals.



    The game was played at St. Mary’s Colgan two days after the original date due to inclement weather earlier this week.

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  • The Galena Bulldogs used a powerful shooting display to roll over the Southeast Lancers 61-33 in the Class 3A substate quarterfinals.
    The game was played at St. Mary’s Colgan two days after the original date due to inclement weather earlier this week.
    Deven Newman was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, finishing the night with 18 points which included six shots from the inside and was seven of six from the free throw line. He had accounted for six points by the end of the first quarter.
    “He’s a good ball player,” Southeast head coach Steve Taylor said. “He wasn’t all league for nothing. He’s a very good ball player and a good shooter and understands the game and plays it well.”
    The Bulldogs got off to a s-1 lead before a field goal by Josh Thompson closed the gap to three. He was followed up by Caleb Biancarelli’s back-to-back 3s which put the Lancers ahead.
    The Bulldogs responded and early in the second, Newman scored a layup off a steal, extending Galena’s lead to 14-12.
    Biancarelli shot his third outside shot of the night to bring his team to within one point with 1:30 before the halftime buzzer.
    “The first half was close,” Galena head coach Matt Meyr said “Southeast did a good job of playing defense in the first half. (Caleb) Biancarelli shot the ball well. He kept them in the game for the first half.”
    After a few inside shots and a free throw later, the Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 26-19 lead.
    “We came out and i thought we played well in the first half,” Taylor said. “We battled and I thought we were right there but then had a meltdown with a minute to go in the second quarter, they took a seven point lead.”
    The second half was to be all Galena’s.
    The Bulldogs came out firing right from the start of the third quarter, going on a 14-2 run.
    Kyle Williams scored his first basket while drawing a foul and then Newman scored another layup after a stolen pass.  
    Ray Slimp came off the bench to score a 3-pointer and the game was a 12-point advantage for Galena.
    “I think we came out in the second half and played good solid defense,” Meyr said. “We got some easy steals and some easy baskets. We talk about that the entire game, that was our game plan, to run the court against them.”
    The Lancers struggled to get back into the game and faced a little adversity after what looked to be a 3-pointer for Bryan Horgan was only counted two points.
    “We got some 3s ourselves and some of the calls went our way but we did a good job of rebounding and got some easy baskets,” Meyr said.
    Page 2 of 2 - It was a tough start to the second half, one that Taylor believes gave the momentum away.
    “We always talk about coming out and playing strong to start the second half and not let them get those easy baskets and that’s what they did,” Taylor said. “I think that just opened up the flood gates and they got a lot of confidence. When you struggle to score, you cannot allow that. Give them credit, they’ve got good coaching and a good team.”
    Slimp found himself with seven points after hitting another 3-pointer and an insider. Both teams scored seven total 3s as Galena had four.
    “Early in the first half we struggled (on 3s) but we’ve been shooting better,” Meyr said “In the last three or four games we’ve been shooting a lot more three’s. We started the second half making five or six of them which really put the distance between us and them by about six or seven points.”
    Going into the fourth quarter with a 42-27 lead, the Bulldogs didn’t let up and went on a 7-0 run. Alex Bryant scored his first basket on another steal by Galena and the Bulldogs were to not be denied.
    “I thought if we came out, battled and be patient and not turn the ball over, we’d be right there with them,” Taylor said. “But we turned the ball over and they got some lay ups in the second half. They’re a good team, they shoot the ball well and we just couldn’t match them tonight.”
    Biancarelli was the leading scorer for the Lancers with 16 points. Thompson had six with three inside shots.
    The Bulldogs (15-6) will next face the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers in the semi-finals while the Lancers (7-13) must now turn their attention to next season.
    “I’m proud of my team and I think we’re going in the right direction,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to get stronger and more physical, and understand the game of basketball. I’m proud of my team and I think we’re going in the right direction.”
     

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