NASHVILLE HOLDS WESCLIN TO12 POINTS IN BLOWOUT,

Belleville News-Democrat - - Local - BY DEAN CRID­DLE dcrid­[email protected]

For the Nashville Hor­nets, suc­cess be­gins and ends on the de­fen­sive end of the bas­ket­ball court.

Just ask the Wesclin War­riors, who were held to three points in the fi­nal three quar­ters of a 46-12 loss to the un­de­feated Hor­nets Wed­nes­day at the Wesclin Tip-off Clas­sic.

Se­nior Bryce Bult­man com- bined with ju­nior Car­son Parker for 24 points and held War­riors se­nior stand­out Nate Brede to six points as the Hor­nets (3-0) moved a win away from clinch­ing the sea­son-open­ing roundrobin event.

“Play­ing good de­fense is some­thing we take a lot of pride in and work at ev­ery night in prac­tice,” Bult­man said. “Tonight the key was try­ing to con­tain Nate (Brede) who is a very good of­fen­sive player. We tried to stay with him and dou­bleteam him when we had the op­por­tu­nity.”

Play­ing good de­fense at Nashville is manda­tory un­der coach Wayne Harre, a re­spected girls high school coach be­fore tak­ing over as the Hor­nets’ boys coach be­fore the 2017-18 sea­son.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing 23-8 and reach­ing the Class 2A sec­tional semi­fi­nals a year ago, the Hor­nets de­fense has been near flaw­less in the first week of the sea­son. In its three wins, Nashvile has al­lowed just 62 points.

“I thought we did a good job on de­fense tonight,” Harre said. “We came out and hit some shots early, which I thought was a key, but I still think we can play bet­ter on the de­fen­sive end than what we did tonight. As a coach you hope you’re not play­ing your best early in the sea­son.

“We’ve still got work to do on de­fense. We can play bet­ter.”

With Bult­man, a News-Demo­crat first team all-area se­lec­tion a year ago, the Hor­nets jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the open­ing five min­utes. Brede, whose 35-point ef­fort on Mon­day sparked a War­riors win over Mas­coutah, hit three straight 12-15 foot jumpers as Wesclin closed to 22-9 af­ter one quar­ter.

But the War­riors (1-2) would man­age only one field goal, a 3-point jumper by Cameron Brand­meyer with 4 min­utes 21 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter, the rest of the night.

“It’s great to be 3-0. Hope­fully we can come out on Fri­day, beat Mas­coutah and have a per­fect start to the sea­son,” said Bult­man, who will at­tend McKen­dree Univer­sity next year. “We want to show teams that we’re go­ing to be a tough team to beat this year.”

In the open­ing game on Wed­nes­day, Columbia, get­ting 16 points each from Jon Peter­son and Cole Khoury, de­feated Water­loo 60-39.

I STILL THINK WE CAN PLAY BET­TER ON THE DE­FEN­SIVE END THAN WHAT WE DID TONIGHT. AS A COACH YOU HOPE YOU’RE NOT PLAY­ING YOUR BEST EARLY IN THE SEA­SON. Wayne Harre, Nashville boys bas­ket­ball coach

ZIA NIZAMI

Wayne Harre is in his sec­ond sea­son as head bas­ket­ball coach at Nashville High School.

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