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Boys Basketball: Cavaliers return with win over Owls

After stealing a pass at mid-court and sprinting in for an easy layup, South Carroll guard Andrew Buckley clapped his hands and pumped his fist.

This sure beat being stuck at home while a blizzard raged outside, canceling every game and practice for nearly a week.

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Four Cavaliers, Buckley included, scored in double figures in a 59-47 win over Westminster on Friday night. This was South Carroll's first game in 10 days. Westminster had not played in two weeks.

Buckley said it didn't take the Cavaliers (7-7, 5-3 county) long to get restless following last weekend's coastal storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on the region.

When asked how quickly he got bored, he said "the first day."

Well, the roads are clear and the snow drifts aren't as high as they once were. Basketball can resume. The Cavaliers were able to work in a shoot-around Friday. It appeared to help. South Carroll hit five 3-pointers, including three from Cole Buffington (11 points).

"But our shooting isn't why we won," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "It was our defense."

South Carroll had a 13-0 run in the second half, sparked by several defensive stops, including Buckley's mid-court steal and lay-in that prompted a timeout from Westminster coach Brett Kanther with less than 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Buffington had two 3-pointers in the rally.

"We have a lot of streaky shooters," Buckley said. "Everybody is capable of scoring for sure. It's just a matter of finding who is getting hot."

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The Cavaliers got off to a sluggish start. Owls guard Justin Buberl hit two first quarter 3-pointers. Westminster led 11-2 with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

South Carroll kept chipping away from there. Forward Silas Kelly had a game-high 16 points. His interior presence made life difficult for Westminster's post players. Kelly had two blocks and affected several shots.

Buckley had 12 points for the Cavaliers. Henry Cook had 11. For Westminster (3-10, 2-6 county), Tate Seibel had nine points and nine rebounds.

Kanther wasn't willing to use the long layoff as an excuse for the Owls.

"This was the same for both sides," he said. "We all had to deal with it."

He credited South Carroll's defense for causing the Owls issues in the second half.

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"All the credit to South Carroll," Kanther said. "They went on a really nice run and played with a lot of intensity in the second half."

South Carroll has won four of its last six games.

After the game, the Cavalier players, led by Kelly, briefly stopped near mid-court to celebrate their win before retreating into the locker room.

When the team emerged 15 minutes later, there were lots of smiles as they waited to board the school bus that would take them back to Winfield on roads that are no longer snow-covered.

"It's good to be back," Buckley said.

South Carroll (59): Silas Kelly 16, Andrew Buckley 12, Henry Cook 11, Cole Buffington 11, Quinn Carnes 3, Steven Baca 2, Kyle Dizon 2, Austin Jones 2.

Westminster (47): Justin Buberl 9, Tate Seibel 9, Gianni Pescetto 8, Noah Westbrook 6, Joey Conklin 6, Brady Meixsell 4, Sam Annulis 3, Kenton Vanderwoude 2.

Halftime: Westminster, 25-24.

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