Sheridan forced eight first quarter turnovers, and held off a strong second half comeback at-tempt, to take a 52-45 road victory, Tuesday night, in the last regular season game before the holiday break.

Senior guard Austin Hunter led the Blackhawks with 16 points, and along with sidekicks Drake Delph, and fellow newcomer to the starting lineup, Caleb Duke, generally made things miserable for the Chargers, who ultimately committed 20 turnovers for the game.

Sheridan jumped out to a 10-0 start, and never lost the lead, although North Montgomery closed to within three points on two occasions in the second half. Forward Ange Gnamkey worked behind the Chargers’s 2-3 zone at the start for eight first-half points and six rebounds. The 6’2’ swingman recorded a double-double with ten points and ten boards, and joined Hunter and Delph in double digit scoring. Clary’s fourteen led North Montgomery. Caleb Donahue also reached double figures with 12.

“Ange does a lot of things for us. We need him to do a lot of things for us,” said fourth-year coach Chris Schrank. “I thought he did a good job of backing that baseline. He did a real good job of rebounding, especially in the first half.”

Sheridan had the defense working in the first half, as well. The team forced eight turnovers in the first quarter and 20 for the game. The Blackhawks press and aggressive half-court defense held junior Justin Clary to a season low five makes on fifteen shots, including just one made basket behind the arc.

Sheridan started three guard who handled North Montgomery’s pressure and kept the game out of reach. Guards Austin Hunter and Caleb Duke earned their first starts Tuesday.

 

“They did a really nice job for us. Caleb Duke was playing a couple of quarters of JV, and just rotating in. He’s earned his spot,” said Schrank. “There are still things to fix. We are far from perfect. There were a couple of turnovers we’d like to erase, and we need to make some free throws.

“For the most part, I thought we did a good job of handing their press in the second half. We calmed things down, and recognized what was going on. We got good looks. There weren’t many shots that we took that we thought was a bad shot,” he said.

 

Sheridan (5-2, 2-1 HHC) is off until Dec. 29 when Lapel pays a visit.