Braves' defense prevails


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SALEM

If Brownstown Central’s boys basketball team displays the defensive intensity that it had in Tuesday’s season-opener at Salem for the remainder of the season, the Braves are going to cause opponents a lot of problems.

The Braves forced 15 first-half turnovers and limited the Lions to only nine points in the first 16 minutes of the Mid-Southern Conference game, and that included holding Salem scoreless in the second quarter. Brownstown maintained its solid defense in the second half in cruising to a 71-21 victory.

“I thought we did a lot of good things on defense,” said Braves senior Brett McCory, who finished with a game-high 17 points and 14 rebounds along with three steals. “Coach wants us to come out with good defensive intensity, get on them early, get them in a hole early. Our main thing is getting out and going. We need to score in transition if we’re going to beat the good teams, and defense is where it starts.

“We have the quickness on the outside to cause a lot of teams problems,” he said. “As long as we get into them without fouling, that can lead to a lot of easy baskets for us.”

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