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February 8, 2014

Am-Po undone by ranked Okarche

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AMBER —

Okarche boys beat Amber-Pocassett with the proverbial unicorn of basketball: a big guy with range.

Hunter Frisby led the floor with 22 points, and twelve of those points came from beyond the arc. The Warriors’ 54-22 win came amid some lights out shooting on one end and an inability to even buy a bucket at the other. The fact that the shots just weren’t falling for Am-Po made the score line a little worse than it probably should have been.

Solid defense from Okarche was also to blame. The pressed high and often, forcing turnovers that they, most of the time, turned into buckets.

Frisby showed he wasn’t the typical big man very early. His first three buckets were threes, helping Okarche to an 11-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.

James answered back with a three at the other end, contributing to his first half haul of seven to lead the Panthers. Okarche’s half-court press defense proved difficult for Am-Po to break down. When they did, it was still tough to find room inside the perimeter with Frisby guarding the hoop.

A 9-2 run to start the second quarter really put Okarche in command. Capping all this was Frisby once again, this time on a corner three he was fouled in the process of making. The extra point made it a four point swing, and by halftime the Warriors led by 18.

If the second quarter put Am-Po behind, the third ended it. Tyler Miller’s second three of the night was all they got. Meanwhile, Robert Ernsting went to work, his best shot coming under heavy pressure on a fade-away from the block. That gave him six for the quarter as Okarche outscored the Panthers by 13.

The Panthers did find some form toward the end. Cody Clem sank two from beyond the arc in the final minutes of the fourth.

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