by Malcolm Butler
Between the inability to stop St. Frederick guard Parker Robinson and the struggle to keep the Warriors off the offensive glass, Friday night’s District 2-1A contest wasn’t what head coach Lance Waldron wanted to see from his Cedar Creek Cougars (8-11, 1-2).
Robinson, the son of former LA Tech quarterback Andy Robinson and Lady Techster guard Ashley (Antony) Robinson, scored a game-high 28 points, including making five of the Warriors nine three-pointers, in leading St. Frederick to a 58-39 win.
Robinson scored 11 in the first half and added 17 after halftime, keeping the Cougars from ever making a run.
“(Robinson) didn’t get cold at all,” said Waldron. “He just kept firing them. We struggled defending him obviously. He was really shooting it. He is tough to stop.
“I thought our guys did a better job of stopping the dribble penetration tonight, better than we have, without getting into foul trouble. I was proud of the way our guys fought. It was a hostile environment. It seemed like the opposing fans were right on top of them. We didn’t let that get us out of our gameplan.”
Carter Hill led Creek with 13 points while Davis Walsworth added 11 points.
However, when Robinson wasn’t hitting perimeter shots, the Warriors were getting second and third and sometimes fourth and fifth opportunities on the offensive glass.
“We struggled on the defensive boards,” said Waldron. “It felt like they stayed down there until they scored. They kept getting (offensive rebounds) and we weren’t able to stop them. They did a really good job on the offensive glass against us. I don’t think its a lack of effort. It’s a lack of positioning. We are turning and standing instead of trying to get a body out of there. We will work on that some more in practice.”
Creek trailed just 31-24 at the half but mustered only four points in the third quarter as St. Frederick was able to push its advantage out to 44-28. The Cougars never made a push in the fourth quarter.
At times Friday night, Creek seemed to struggle on the offensive end with the basketball not being shared as much as it has in past games. However, Waldron said part of it was by design.
“We do spend a lot of time on moving the ball around on offense,” said Waldron. “To be honest with you, we have worked a lot this week … we saw some things from St. Frederick where we felt we may not be able to swing the ball as much. So we waned to just attack the rim. So we actually worked on that. I thought we got to the rim. We pride ourselves on reversing the ball. There were a few things tonight where we wanted to isolate and just go to the rim.”
Creek hosts Rivers Oaks Tuesday night at the Brickhouse.
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