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Still, baskets were a struggle for both teams. McCloud lauded the Trojans’ effort in their man-to-man defense, which limited the Rockets (14-8, 4-5) to 12-of-35 field-goal shooting.
“If we have Frank in the middle, he can alter so many shots, and our four other guys can guard the perimeter as well as any team in the league,” McCloud said. “It was playing our assignments, keeping Frank low and keeping pressure on the perimeter.”
C-G led, 31-25, after three quarters and had only pushed that margin to 37-29 heading into the final 2 minutes. The Trojans hit their final eight free throws to widen the gap.
“They did their normal game plan and that’s what they’re good at,” Porto said. “Ball pressure and get up on you. They challenge a lot of shots, they give you nothing easy.”
The same could be said of the Rockets. Josh Hudgens hit two 3s and led Burlington with eight points, Jake Lenschow added seven.
“It ended up being 15, but we made Cary earn it tonight,” Porto said.