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Garber Boys finish on Winning Note

High Scoring Win over North Branch 91-77

February 17, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Kevin Leahy

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An inability to stop Garber's point guard Brett Eichhorn and a domination of the boards by Garber lead to a high scoring 91-77 win over the visiting North Branch Broncos.

North Branch started out attempting to establish a long-range three-point attack against the Dukes while Garber focused their offense in the paint.

Half way through the opening quarter, the Bronco's employed a full court man-to-man press. Eichhorn handled the pressure while showcasing his killer cross over and ball handling skills.

Eichhorn's press breaking skills caused the Bronco players to step in to help and opened passing lanes to the Garber forwards for easy buckets.

The first quarter ended with both teams knotted at 15.

Garber put their track shoes on for the second quarter and upped the tempo as their fast break offense got some quick baskets moving them out front 29-23.

The Broncos continued to try to double team trap Eichhorn on the point, which led to many of his 15 assists.

Coupled with some cold shooting by North Branch, Garber took a 38-33 half time lead.

The second half started with Eichhorn hitting game and career high scorer Sean Duchaine (32) with pinpoint passes for two quick baskets and a 42-33 lead.

The Bronco's defense cut off the passing lanes and their offense made a 7-0 run to pull back to 42-41.

The Dukes went back inside to Duchaine who went on his own 6-0 run and the Dukes were back on top 48-41.

Garber led 64-56 at the end of the third.

North Branch started the fourth with a new look as they opened with a 4 man perimeter offense looking to cash in on the three-pointers.

Eichhorn picked up his fourth foul and left the game with 5 minutes to play. The Dukes stepped it up without their floor general as they put on a passing clinic of their own throwing inside to counter the Bronco's long-range assault.

Eichhorn returned at the 4:32 mark and Garber switched to ball control. This caused North Branch to foul and test the Dukes free throw skills.

Solid shooting from the stripe and in your face defense allowed Garber to pull away and seal the win. Eichhorn finished with 14 along with team mate Jake Hebert while Shane O'Mara had his career high with 24.

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32 Shane O'Mara scores two of his career-high 24 points on this reverse lay up.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

44 Sean Duchaine puts this back and in
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

1 Brett Eichhorn split the Bronco defense all night
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

44 Sean Duchaine was dialed in
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

32 Shane O'Mara goes up and over Bronco's 5 Lucas Bonner
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Senior Roeland Leonora shows a sweet touch
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

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Dancers fly high
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

More drama on the court
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

44 Sean Duchaine pounds the boards for two of his game and career high 32 points
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

12 Jake Hebert drives to the basket
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

22 Brad LeVasseur completes this assault on the basket
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Evan the defenders leg was not enough to stop Shane O'Mara from getting to the basket

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