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January 22, 2014

Turnovers plague Chippewa offense in loss to Warren Mott

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Turnovers plague Chippewa offense in loss to Warren Mott
Chippewa Valley’s DeVonne Brooks drives to the basket during Chippewa’s game against Warren Mott on Jan. 16. Brooks finished the game with 14 points.

WARREN — Chippewa Valley turned in a spirited effort against Warren Mott in a road game Jan. 16, but the Big Reds fell short 74-67.

Mott jumped on top quickly, as Kenny Goins dunked twice in the opening moments for the Marauders, but Chippewa quickly erased a 12-3 deficit and took a 22-20 lead after the opening quarter.

The game was played within a five-point margin between the two teams until late in the fourth quarter, when Mott was able to seal the game.

Trey Moore scored 15 points to lead Chippewa, while DeVonne Brooks and Sean Bunting each added 14.

“We played hard, but we just didn’t do the little things that you have to, like trying to take some charges when they go to the basket,” Chippewa coach Kevin Voss said. “In the fourth quarter, defensively we didn’t rotate like we needed to. We have to limit the number of bad plays that we make. We allowed too many turnovers, too many unforced errors.”

Mott’s plan heading into the game was to try and slow down Bunting.

“Even before the game, we said he was one of the players that we had to stop today, and we switched up our defense with the guys who were guarding him to make sure we had a fresh guy on him in the second half, and I think that was key,” Mott coach Jeff Olind said.

Goins finished the contest with a game-high 29 points and 17 rebounds to go along with five blocks.

“That’s what we expect out of Kenny (Goins). He’s just that kind of player that, every night, if he’s not giving 15 and 15, then you’re surprised. He’s got a great motor and goes after it,” Olind said.

Derek Murphy scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds for Mott before he fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Stef Johnson added 14 points and seven assists.

Goins was able to take advantage of a height mismatch on the offensive end, but Voss said that his team was still able to execute against him when the Big Reds were attacking the basket.

“I thought we did fine against him. They did some nice things defensively, but we scored around their basket an awful lot for the lack of size we have against them. We did some nice things, but you have to sustain that for four quarters,” Voss said.

Chippewa was 3-4 overall on the season following the setback and has been battling some erratic play on the offensive end. Voss said that looking for an extra pass will be key to eliminating turnovers for Chippewa.

“We did a better job of it overall tonight. We laid it off more tonight and kicked it more, but we missed some key situations in the first half where guys tried to do it themselves, and there’s passes that we could’ve made that would’ve had guys open,” Voss said.

Mott (4-3) will travel to Grosse Pointe North for its next game on Jan. 22; Chippewa will visit Cousino that same night.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.