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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Boys Basketball: Pressure Cooker

  • Bulldogs beat up on Fairfield, forcing Mules into 21 turnovers
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  • The Harrisburg High School boys' basketball team continue to make that No. 2 Illinois Associated Press Prep Top 10 ranking in Class 2A look all that more impressive.
    The Bulldogs took to the road Tuesday night, disposing of Fairfield 74-32 in non-conference action.
    Harrisburg (5-0) put three players in double figures as Tyler Smithpeters and Capel Henshaw shared scoring honors with 12 points a piece, while Eli Taborn-Scott tacked on 10 in the win.
    Again, the Bulldogs full court pressure put the clamps on the Mules (2-3) as they were victims of 15 first half turnovers resulting in a 41-7 halftime lead.
    It's that kind of game plan that head coach Randy Smithpeters believes will be the catalyst for his bunch.
    "One of the things that we wanted to do, as usual, was come up here and defend well, defend with quality and make it one-and-out trips as far as rebounding and I think we were successful in doing that."
    Harrisburg held a 39-22 advantage on the boards, equally divided up between offensive and defensive rebounds.
    After holding Fairfield to 2-of-12 shooting in the first quarter and just 1-of-9 in the second quarter, Smithpeters more or less got one of his wishes.
    "One of the the focuses for us was to hold them to as few of points as possible."
    Fairfield didn't hit double-digit point until the 6:08 mark in the third quarter when Will Griffith knocked down a jumper to make it a 42-10 contest.
    With a Southern Illinois River-to-River Ohio Division matchup against Murphysboro at home Friday and a game against Alton Marquette in the SIU Shoot Out Saturday, Smithpeters hammers home the concept of how important the Bulldogs' defense can and will need to be.
    "I think our press created some problems for the Mules and I think our half court defense created some problems for them. They missed some shots and those missed shots, plus the turnovers, led to a lot of baskets for us.
    "Our job right now is to try to accomplish some things in practice to tune up for Murphysboro and also Marquette. At the same time, we have to rest. We'll try to rest and recover and at the same time get ready for Murphysboro and for a very good Alton Marquette team."
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    Harrisburg 74
    Fairfield 32
    Harrisburg (6-0)
    FG FT R PF TP
    Smithpeters 5-11 1-5 6 1 12
    Henshaw 4-9 4-4 6 3 12
    Roper 3-6 0-0 6 0 9
    Scott 4-7 2-2 8 1 10 Upchurch 2-5 2-4 1 0 6 Amaya 3-3 0-0 2 2 7 Lewis 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Younger 0-1 1-2 3 0 1 Bjornsson 2-3 0-0 0 0 5 Hartley 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Bartok 1-3 0-0 2 2 3 Oglesby 3-3 1-1 1 1 7 Batts 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
    Goldman 0-2 0-0 2 0 0
    Page 2 of 2 - Simerly 1-1 0-0 0 0 2 Totals: 28-54 11-18 39 11 74
    Fairfield (2-3)
    FG FT R PF TP
    Griffith 2-11 0-0 1 2 5
    Fry 2-14 0-0 7 0 4
    Rodgers 1-1 0-2 1 3 2
    Cody Simpson 3-6 0-1 5 3 6
    Lackey 3-8 2-6 3 1 8
    Gifford 0-2 0-0 0 2 0
    Wells 2-4 1-1 2 1 5
    Greifzu 1-2 0-0 1 0 2
    Colton Simpson 0-0 0-0 2 0 0
    Russell 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Coomer 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    3-Point FG: Harrisburg 7-14 (Roper 3, Smithpeters, Amaya, Bjornsson, Bartok), Fairfield 1-14 (Griffith). Turnovers: Harrisburg 13, Fairfield 21.
    SCORE BY QUARTER:
    1 2 3 4
    Harrisburg 20 41 58 74
    Fairfield 04 07 22 32
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