Notre Dame boys basketball uses defense to fuel opening-round win over Woodland in Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Woodland's Malachi Huffman (5) drives to the basket while being guarded by Notre Dame's Kam Dohogne (11) during the Christmas Tournament Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.
Kassi Jackson ~ Southeast Missourian

The Notre Dame boys basketball team pulled away in the second quarter to beat the No. 12 Cardinals 69-37.

“I thought after the first quarter our defense kind of ramped up,” Notre Dame coach Paul Unterreiner said. “What people say a lot about our program is how hard we play.”

Notre Dame’s defense was complemented by its unselfish offense, as 11 Bulldogs (3-7) scored in the win, led by Thomas Crippen with 15 points.

Woodland’s attack was led by Connor Goodwin and Paul Duncan, finishing with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Crippen had help from Tyler Parker (14 points) and Tyler Landewee (7 points) to beat Woodland (4-4) by 32 points.

Notre Dame advances to face Oran in the quarterfinals at 9 p.m. Thursday.

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WOODLAND (37) — Kyle Balsman 2, Connor Goodwin 14, Karson Skinner 9, Paul Duncan 12. FG 14, FT 6-15, F 10. (3-pointers: Goodwin 3. Fouled out: none)

NOTRE DAME (69) — Tyler Landewee 7, Kam Dohogne 5, Carter Dame 5, Jack Floyd 2, Drew Heisserer 4, Justice Thoma 5, Braden Noel 5, Tyler Parker 14, Caleb LeGrand 5, Jack Klueppel 2, Thomas Crippen 15. FG 28, FT 10-17. F 15 (3-pointers: Dohogne, Dame, Noel. Fouled out: none.)

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