“I have to give Leonard Taylor credit in the second half,” Carson said. “He started attacking the rim and finishing. He played extremely well in the second half.”
Springfield led 18-8 after the first quarter and 36-29 at the half. The Wildcats clamped down on defense in the second half, including that game-turning third quarter.
“We’re defending at a high level,” Carson said. “When you can defend and lock teams down you have a shot. Offensively we have weapons around us with Danny Davis, Mike McKay and Leonard Taylor. The scoring is going to come. We’re locking teams down and that’s where our success has been.”
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Springfield has held its last seven opponents to 56 points or less and is outscoring opponents 67-55 on average.
“We got stops. We handled their pressure,” Carson said. “Danny did a great job of trying not to dribble through their defense and keeping his head up. (Sophomore JaJuan) Rodgers did a bulk of handling that pressure as well tonight. He was seeing guys up the floor. There was a lot of extra passing tonight. We didn’t settle for a good shot. We settled for great shots. That was the difference tonight.”
The win comes a night after Springfield beat Wayne 56-54
to clinch the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division title, its first since 2005. The sectional tournament draw is today.
“That was one of the goals at the beginning of the year — to win the league and get that first-place seed. So far so good. We’re looking to keep it going. We’re not satisfied,” Carson said. “We’re just going to keep playing, stay humble and keep doing what we’re doing — continue to defend with everything we’ve got and continue to play unselfish.”