By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Without their top interior defender in the lineup, the Indians needed some other players to step up and help slow down Holy Cross big man Antonio Campbell Friday in Richmond.
It was a group effort, but they got the job done.
Campbell, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward who has verbally committed to Ohio University, finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds, but the Indians pulled away late for a 72-53 win at home. Dominique Hawkins had 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists and Ken-Jah Bosley had 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists as Central (13-3) won its fifth-straight game.
“They (stepped up). We had good balance,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “A lot of guys had six, seven, eight points. Dominique and Ken-Jah did what they usually do. We told (Hunter) Stocker we needed 10 rebounds from him and he did. I am pleased. That’s a good big man. He made some of our other guys work.”
Senior forward Quan Taylor was on the bench, but was not in uniform.
Without Taylor on the floor, George Walker moved into the starting lineup. Walker, Stocker and Sam Jones were all asked to play defense against Campbell. The Holy Cross (9-7) forward was nine-of-18 from the field, hit a pair of three pointers and also had seven assists.
Markel McClendon was the only other Holy Cross (Covington) player to reach double figures (14 points).
“That’s one of the top five teams in the 9th Region,” Feldhaus said. “So, we will take it.”
There were four lead changes in the opening minutes, but Central slowly started to take control in the first half. The Indians had an 18-14 lead after the first quarter and were up 33-27 at half.
Central shot just 35 percent in the first half.
“They played a lot of zone and some triangle-and-two as well,” Feldhaus said. “We are going to see a lot of that. So, we are figuring out some things that we can do against that. Overall, I was pleased.”
The Indians cranked up the defensive pressure in the second half, forcing nine turnovers that led to 17 points. Central shot 42 percent in the second half and built a 13-point lead after three quarters (43-30).
Stocker finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. Walker and Jones each had eight points as well and Daniel Parke added six points. Cameron Thomas added two points.
Central hadn’t played since last Saturday and has only played twice in the past 13 days.
“I’m glad that from now on we have two games every week,” Feldhaus said. “The past two weeks we’ve only played one game. But, I don’t think we were rusty.”
Central is set to return to action Tuesday at West Jessamine.