Indians' defense shuts down Bulldog boys

Touchet blocks four shots and swipes nine steals in the 57-37 non-league victory over visiting Dayton Friday night.

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TOUCHET — Blocking four shots and swiping nine steals, the Touchet boys put the defensive clamps on Dayton en route to a 57-37 non-league basketball victory here Friday night.


The visiting Bulldogs scored just five points in both the first and second quarters, which left them trailing 30-10 at the break.


"The Dayton coach and team weren’t going to back down," Touchet coach Tim McKeown. "They played hard. It could have been an off-night for them.


"It also just could have been our night and the result might be different in another game."


Two players did most of Touchet’s first-half scoring. Matt Kates led the way with 13 points and Jake Hodnefield had 11 points.


The Indians, who shot 49 percent from the floor on the night, made 8-of-10 from 3-point range. Touchet also converted 9-of-12 from the free-throw line.


"The Bulldogs played a man defense," McKeown said. "We were patient, moving the ball around and not forcing shots. We pushed the ball when we could and backed it out to run our offense when we needed."


Kates, a 6-foot-2 post, finished with 18 points for the Indians. Kates hit four 3-pointers and was 6-of-8 from the field.


"Four 3-pointers isn’t bad for a big man," McKeown said. "Other teams will have to figure out how to play him because he can score inside, too."


Hodnefield and Marshall Byerley, both guards, finished with 13 points apiece for Touchet.


Dayton shot just 34 percent from the field and made 12 of 17 from the line.


"Everyone on this team contributed with in-your-face defense," McKeown said.


Colton Bickelhaupt led the Bulldog offense with nine points and had a team-high four steals.


Dayton had just eight turnovers compared to 13 for Touchet. The final tally in rebounding was 19-17 in favor of the Indians.


The Indians are now 4-1. They hosted St. John-Endicott Saturday night and play again at Colton Friday at 6 p.m.


"We’re fully capable of shooting like this most every night, running the floor and tiring out the other teams," McKeown said.


Dayton next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waitsburg-Prescott.

Dayton (37) — Bickelhaup 4-5 1-2 9, Fullerton 1-7 2-2 2, Henderson 2-4 1-1 6, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Turner 1-9 2-4 4, Scalachter 1-2 2-2 4, Norris 1-2 2-4 4, Sunderland 2-5 0-0 4, Groom 1-2 0-0 1. Totals 12-35 12-17 37
Touchet (57) — Hodnefield 4-7 4-5 13, Kates 7-11 0-0 18, Valencia 0-6 0-0 0, Byerley 4-6 2-2 13, Segerman 2-2 0-0 4, Ford 2-5 1-2 7, Rodriguez 1-3 0-0 2, Hines 0-0 0-0 0, Contreras 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 19-39 9-12 57.

Day 5 5 13 14 — 37
Tou 20 10 16 11 — 57

3-point goals — Day 1 (Fullerton), Tou 8 (Kates 4, Hodnefield 2, Byerley 2). Total fouls— Day 14, Tou 16, Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— 19 (Hodnefield 5), 17 (Fullerton 5). Turnovers— Day 8, Tou 13.

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