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Bengals pull away from L-E, 58-36
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L-ES ALDREACIO WELLS (2) fires a pass over the reach of a pair of Blythewood defenders to teammate Stacey Patterson in the first half of Fridays loss to the Bengals at the Demons Den. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
By design, a full-court press is intended to wear down your opponent through time.It took Blythewood’s man-to-man pressure a little while to have its desired effect on Lugoff-Elgin on Friday night but by the second quarter, the host Demons lost the pep in their step en route to a 58-36 loss to the Bengals.Hounding the L-E ball handlers from the get-go, Blythewood did not see an immediate return on its defensive effort as the Bengals held a 15-13 lead after the opening stanza. But the wear-and-tear of a physical first eight minutes took its toll on L-E, which did not make a basket from the field in the second quarter, as the guests carried a 33-16 advantage into the locker room at halftime.After seeing his game troops fall to 0-3 in Region 4-4A play, first-year L-E head coach Garrett Knight said his team, temporarily, hit the wall in the second quarter.“In the first quarter,” Knight said, “we had our legs under us. As the game progresses, (the press) wears on you.