CULVER — Culver Community’s boys basketball team just needed a little room to operate Saturday.
With the floor spread in the second half, the Cavs created driving lines, open shots, and offensive rebounding opportunities resulting in a game-changing 17-2 spurt and 57-46 win over Northern State Conference rival Knox at John R. Nelson Gymnasium.
“That was a very enjoyable second half, to say the least,” Culver head coach Kyle Elliott said. “We were very stagnant in the offense in the first half; we were too quick to shoot, too congested. We decided to spread the floor, get some basket cuts and backdoor cuts, and some opportunities for offensive boards.
“We had some good leadership,” he added. “We spread the floor, created space, and the kids shared the basketball very well.”
Senior standout Zoe Bauer led the way for Culver with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Larry Clingler added 12 points — 10 on putbacks — and hauled in 11 boards himself for the Cavs.
Clingler and senior reserve Scotty Brown accelerated the Cavs’ big run with back-to-back rebound buckets as Culver converted a 32-24 deficit with 5:52 left in the third into a 41-34 lead at the end of three frames.