EBEN - Superior Central used a big fourth quarter to turn around a game-long deficit and defeat Ewen-Trout Creek 70-60 in a nonconference high school boys basketball played Wednesday evening.
"It was a war of attrition," said Cougars coach Herb Jenkins. "The end was definitely a lot better than the beginning. They baited us into playing their way a bit, but in the end we stuck to our game plan, and it worked out for us."
The Cougars, who trailed 51-42 after a high-scoring first half, used a 21-5 advantage in the fourth quarter to erase a 55-49 deficit entering the period to improve to 2-2.
Matt Verbrigghe scored 22 points to lead SC, which made 52 percent from the field (26 of 50). Teammate Trevor Maki chipped in with 17 points and Dan Steward added 14.
Jenkins said that if there was one underlying key to the Cougars winning the game, it was the defensive effort by Skyler Lloyd in the second half.
"Lloyd was the unsung hero for us," Jenkins said. "His speed was right where it needed to be. I was happy seeing him do what he was supposed to."
The Cougars were able to overcome a 30-point night by Dillon Gordon of E-TC (3-2), who made five 3-pointers.
According to Jenkins, Dillon Gordon of the Panthers put up 29 points in the first half alone.
The Panthers were a perfect six of six from beyond the arc.
"Every time they got the ball, it seemed to go to (Gordon), and he made us pay every time," Jenkins said. "The plan was just to wear him down, and at halftime there was no great adjustments made. In the second half, we held him to three and we won by 10, so it ended up right on the money."