Senior forward Jaccob Dust scored all of St. Anthony’s 11 points in the first quarter and dumped in 24 overall to lead the Class A No. 9 Bulldogs to a 65-43 victory over Charleston in boys basketball Saturday night at Baker Gym.
The 6-foot-7 Dust dominated inside, muscling his way to layups, rebounds and puts-ins that resulted in the Bulldogs’ first 13 points.
“I think he’s getting to the point right now where he’s starting to realize: ‘There’s not a lot of teams that can guard me,'” St. Anthony coach Cody Rincker said.
Teammate Aaron Webb was the first St. Anthony player other than Dust to score, laying in two points off a fast break 30 seconds into the second quarter to make it 15-4.
Charleston shot poorly in the opening quarter, eventually falling behind 21-4 with six minutes left in the second quarter. Isaac Miller then hit two 3-pointers and a field goal, but St Anthony (17-3) matched the Trojans and held on for 30-15 lead four minutes later, the closest CHS would get the rest of the game.
“It seemed that we couldn’t buy a basket there for a quarter and a half,” Charleston coach Brad Oakley said. “We sometimes go through some droughts where we’re not hitting our shots and not playing the way we would want to play.”
Miller hit four 3-pointers for a team-high 16 points for the Trojans. But Charleston (8-10) shot just 34 percent overall.
Dust, meanwhile, finished with 24 points, six more than his season average and six shy of reaching 1,000 for his high school career.
“You try to keep it out of his hands,” Oakley said. “And once he does catch it, you’ve got to have multiple guys digging down trying to scrape the ball away and making it tough on him.”
Charleston next plays host to Sullivan on Tuesday.
CHARLESTON (43): Hurst 1 0-2 3, Bell 2 0-0 6, Miller 6 0-0 16, Landrus 3 0-0 7, Bickford 3 0-0 6, Harrell 1 1-1 3, Braun 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 3-5 43. 3-pointers – Miller 4, Bell 2, Hurst 1, Landrus 1. Team field-goal percentage: 34%. 3-point field goal percentage: 33%.
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