WEIRTON - Following Friday's hard-fought loss to Brooke, Joe Dunlevy was hoping his Indian Creek cagers would rebound with a strong performance on both ends of the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse floor Saturday.
The veteran coach got what he wanted.
His Redskins scored the game's first seven points, closed the opening half with a 17-0 run and cruised to a 53-28 victory over Weir High's Red Riders.
DEFENSE — Indian?Creek’s Alex Young defends Weir’s Shane Davis during the Redskins’ 53-28 win over the Red?Riders Saturday in Weirton.
WHO’S OPEN? — Weir’s Dylan?Cassiadoro looks for an open teammate while defended by Indian Creek’s Blake Roar during the Red Riders’ 53-28 loss to the Redskins Saturday in Weirton.
"We had a tough, hard-fought, physical game with Brooke," Dunlevy noted. "We fell behind but our kids battled back like crazy. I wasn't sure what they might have left in the tank, but they really came through.
"We talked about playing well for four quarters, particularly on the defensive end. They did that and we shot the ball fairly well."
Shane Winland got the Creek rolling when he grabbed an offensive rebound and went up strong for a pair. Sweet-shooting Frankie Kamarec knocked down a triple off an Alex Young assist then dribbled past a Weir defender for a deuce. Drew Sullivan added four first-period points and the Redskins led 14-5.
Indian Creek, 53, Weir 28
Indian Creek 14 19 10 10-53
Weir 5 2 7 14-28
INDIAN CREEK (5-1): Kamarec 4 0-0 11; Furda 1 2-2 5; Roar 1 0-0 3; Young 4 3-5 11; Haught 0 0-0 0; Huynh 1 2-4 4; Lewis 0 0-0 0; Anderson 0 0-0 0; Durbin 1 0-0 2; Foldi 0 0-0 0; Connor 1 2-2 4; Woodbury 0 0-0 0; Sullivan 2 3-6 7; Winland 2 2-2 6. TOTALS: 17 14-21 53. 3-pointers: Kamarec (3), Furda, Roar; Rebounds: 30 (Young 8); Turnovers: 5.
WEIR (0-6): Masters 0 2-2 2; Knight 0 1-3 1; Viakley 1 0-0 2; Wood 1 0-0 3; Davis 0 0-2 0; D. Cassiadoro 2 2-2 6; Groves 2 1-2 5; Smith 1 0-2 2; Sims 1 0-0 2; Curtis 1 0-0 3; A. Cassiadoro 1 0-0 2; Kirk 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 10 6-13 28. 3-pointers: Wood, Curtis; Rebounds 24 (Groves 6); Turnovers: 17.
The Red Riders were limited to just five field goal tries during the opening stanza, making one (a three ball by Michael Curtis). They also were forced into five turnovers by Creek's pressure defense.
Winland and Dylan Cassiadoro exchanged baskets before Dunlevy's club went on its tear. Young scored five straight, including two off a nifty reverse layup. Kamarec connected again from behind the arc and Young followed with another four markers. Points by Winland and Matt Furda closed the spurt. Creek led 33-7 at the half.
Mike Granato's crew, which also was playing on back-to-back nights, took 15 first-half shots but made just two. The Riders also were whistled for 10 ball-handling miscues. Creek, on the other hand, converted on 50 percent of its shot attempts in building the huge advantage.
The visitors led 43-14 after three quarters.
Kamarec and Young both had 11 points to pace the Redskins, now 5-1. Nine Creek players were able to dent the scoring column. Young also had eight of his team's 30 rebounds. In addition, Creek was only charged with five turnovers.
For Weir, winless in six outings, D. Cassiadoro had six points. Josh Groves added five and snared six boards. Andre Sims swatted away five Indian Creek shots.
"We've got to avoid frustration and there's no question that it is setting in," Granato said. "We definitely are not used to this. We're going to get better but only if we practice and play with intensity on every possession and for every minute.
"I'm in charge of this ship. It's not the Titanic yet. We need to take the commitment our kids have and transfer it to execution."
Granato praised his Red Riders for their commitment and dedication, pointing out "all 19 players were here this morning for our shoot-around." Also, he noted his players also showed up before the junior varsity game to "shoot some more."
"Mike and I are lifers," Dunlevy added. "Every now and then you have to rebuild. He'll get them back because he works hard with his kids."
Indian Creek has another back-to-back weekend in its future.
On Friday, Dunlevy and company will go on the road to battle "our biggest rival," Edison. On Saturday, "an outstanding Carrollton team" will visit Wintersville.
Weir returns to action Friday, traveling to Madonna for the annual city championship game.