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Advance rallies to slip past Chaffee

Friday, December 28, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Trailing 35-33, Ethan Barr put Advance on his back and took them to the next round of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament.

Barr scored 21 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead the Hornets (7-1) past Chaffee (6-3) 66-45.

"[I was] being more aggressive," Barr said. "I was kind of hesitant in the first half."

Chaffee, the tournament's 10th seed, took a 35-33 lead with 4 minutes, 15 seconds left in the third quarter on a Charlie Montgomery layup.

The Hornets then closed the quarter on a 14-2 run to take a commanding 47-37 lead.

"Our defensive intensity, defensive effort, and definitely rebounding," Advance coach Andrew Halford said. "That's what turned it around for us."

Trailing 35-33, Barr scored the Hornet's next 11 points. The 6-foot-4 senior did most of his damage grabbing offensive rebounds and getting put backs.

"Barr is just an animal in there," Chaffee coach Josh Govreau said. "We started getting tired and we knew he was going to take over, and that's what he did."

Advance, the tournament's seventh seed and ninth-ranked team in the state in Class 2, simply wore down the Red Devils in the second half, dominating the offensive glass and forcing turnovers with a full-court press.

"We picked up our intensity overall, full court, half court, all of the above. That's what helped," Halford said. "It created more turnovers for them and a more fast paced game for us, and that's what we want."

Chaffee seemed to be in control and certainly in the game, hanging around until the Hornets big run in the second half.

"Once they went on a little run and we didn't get some stops and missed some shots, and then we kind of relaxed ... or got too much in a hurry and took some quick shots," Chaffee coach Josh Govreau said. "That's what they want. They want to force you into a quick shot. The first half we didn't do that as much and we got good shots, that's part of getting tired."

Advance used a 12-2 run to start the final quarter to make it 59-39.

"That's kind of been are Achilles heel," Govreau said of the second half. "I talked about it halftime. We've had a couple teams down 15 or 17 at halftime, then we come out and let them back in the game. The first couple of minutes we came out and took the lead on them I think 35-33, then the next thing I know I look up and its 52-35 or something like that."

Barr was helped in the game by junior guard Lane Below, who was steady throughout, netting 24 points in a variety of ways.

"We weren't really attacking, we were being real hesitant," Below said about the first half. "Coach was saying, 'Be aggressive, be aggressive.' A lot of times I'll just try and create and get other guys open and if I'm open I'll shoot it, but the main thing is to just be aggressive."

Chaffee managed to be the aggressor in the first half despite trailing 8-0 to start the game.

The Red Devils went on a 12-2 run to take a 12-10 first quarter lead before falling behind in the second quarter and trailing 29-25 at half.

It appeared Chaffee was going to continue to battle before faltering in the third.

"We got wore down a little bit I guess," Govreau said. "Which I'm kind of disappointed in because the first half it seemed like we were getting them tired and that's why we were kind of controlling the game."

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