The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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January 22, 2014

Defense big key for Irish

CLINTON — Prince of Peace posted 63 points on the Midland Eagles on Tuesday night, but it was the second-half defense that had the boys basketball team buzzing after its 63-42 win.

While there was lots of scoring in the first half, with the halftime score being 33-30 in favor of the Irish, the third quarter was anything but high scoring for the Eagles.

The Irish held the Eagles to one field goal in the third quarter and five points. They threw a lot of looks at Midland, giving them trouble, especially in the second half.

“With (Dalton) Harms scoring the way he’s capable of, we did a great job in our second-half defense,” Irish coach Gerry Murphy said. “I thought our defense propelled our offense, which both ends of the floor were very solid, and it was a great team win for us.”

The Irish went into halftime knowing they could play better defense.

“We weren’t happy with how our defense was,” senior Caleb Kitteringham said. “We knew we could come out and play with more intensity, and we did.”

Shots certainly fell for the Irish from not just one or two guys. Four scored in double digits.

Nic Roth led the team with 20 points on nine field goals and two free throws. All nine baskets came from inside the paint, and four of the nine came in the first quarter. He made two baskets in the third quarter, finishing it off with one basket in the fourth quarter.

Lucas Laufenberg scored 16 points on Tuesday. Half of those points came from the free-throw line as he went a perfect 8-of-8, all in the second half.

Quin Schnier and AJ Williams had 10 points each. Williams had the only two 3-pointers for the Irish, while Schnier put up six of his 10 on layups in the fourth quarter.

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