FORT WAYNE – With a half-dozen possible postseason opponents watching, the Snider boys basketball showed an uncanny ability to adapt Tuesday.
The usually up-tempo Panthers got into a slowdown showdown with visiting Carroll and came away with a 59-49 victory.
We weren’t holding anything back, Snider coach John Todor said. Everybody knows everybody now in Fort Wayne. There are no surprises. They know what we are going to do, and we know what Carroll is going to do. We have all seen enough games at this point of the year.
I looked up there and I saw (coaches scouting from) Northrop, DeKalb, Homestead, North Side – everybody was up there.
It was a different style for Snider, which averages 68 points per game. Carroll, also a possible sectional foe, scores 53 and gives up 50 per game. Snider wasn’t great on offense, but it was good enough. The Panthers made 20 of 47 (43 percent) from the field and got 10 of 16 (63 percent) from the free-throw line.
They made us play their style, and we were successful, Todor said. It was hard to score, and they got us out of our game plan. I wanted the score to be higher in the 60s or 70s. We didn’t always score, but we slowed it down and got good looks.
The Panthers (9-8) put four players in double figures: Stephen Halstead (18), Leander Williams (14), Aaron Washington (13) and Trey’von Covington (11).
They like to slow it down, so coach told us to try to speed it up a little bit, Washington said. We have to try to keep getting better and better, and this is a big step for us. This was a big win.
The Chargers trimmed a 14-point lead to six points on a couple of occasions in the second half, including 55-49 late in the fourth, but could get no further.
Carroll (8-11) got 16 points from Chandler White and 12 from Kyle Mallers. The Chargers’ offense was also slowed when White picked up his second foul midway through the first quarter and sat for the rest of the half. He scored 14 points in the second half.
Chandler’s foul trouble hurt us, sure, but our awareness wasn’t good, Carroll coach Marty Beasley said. We aren’t aware of things that are going on, and we don’t talk. We were just kind of out there.
After leading 14-12 early in the second, the Panthers went on a 9-2 run to take a 23-14 advantage. By halftime, it was up to 34-22 and reached 42-28 midway through the third.
It has been an up-and-down season for both teams.
It’s the little things, Beasley said of the Chargers’ struggles. If you make layups and free throws, you are right there in the game. We have to get guys who can make shots. We gave up 59, which isn’t awful, but if we made some shots then we are dictating the tempo.