The Bearcats came into Fifth Third Arena undefeated and they left the arena the same as they knocked off the Golden Lions 99-50. People who follow the team knew not to expect much of a game because of how the guys from Clifton have been playing so far this season. This team plays ten players lately eleven (shoutout to Zack Tobler) and they can score.
The first half was a we are going to physically impose my will half for the Bearcats. This game wasn’t one of their best on the offensive side as they didn’t shoot as well from the field, but because they imposed their will they shot a lot of free throws which made up for their slight cold night from the field. The home team shot 37.9% from the field on 29 attempts, 20% from the three and 65.2% from the free throw line on 23 shots. The line to remember is that they had 23 free throw attempts in one half. When was the last time you’ve seen the Bearcats shoot that many free throws in one half? I personally can’t remember nor do I want to research it tonight.
Senior guard Farad Cobb continued his hot shooting as he had 9 points on 4 of 7 from the field, 1 of 2 from behind the arc and 2 assists in the first twenty minutes of play.
During the first twenty minutes the home team had 24 rebounds, 8 steals and a 39-15 lead.
In the second half they played a lot better even already having a commanding lead. They scored 60 points in the second half shot 45.2% from the field, 50% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line. The Bearcats shot an amazing 36 free throws in the second half alone.
All eleven players who played got into the scoring column. Leading scorer on the night was Farad Cobb who finished with 20 points on 7 of 11 from the field, 4 of 6 from behind the arc and 2 of 2 from the foul line.
Even though Cobb had a great night the star of the afternoon was junior walk on forward Zack Tobler who scored a career high 5 points scoring all 5 points from the charity stripe.
Finishing with five players in double digits (Ellis, Clark, Cobb, Moore and DeBerry) this team has the feel of a Swiss army knife for opposing defenses. I know the competition hasn’t been the stiffest as of late, but don’t let that discourage you these boys are playing good.