CENTER POINT — A cold shooting night — especially from deep — chilled the Central DeWitt boys basketball team’s momentum Tuesday night.
Fresh off a victory against top-ranked Beckman Catholic, the 3A No. 10 Sabers shot just 29.8 percent from the field during a visit to Center Point-Urbana, making just one of their 18 three-point attempts in the process.
The Stormin’ Pointers took advantage, outscoring the Sabers in each of the first three quarters for a 55-32 victory.
Back-to-back three-pointers put the Sabers in an early hole, but Central responded picking up separate hoops from Zach Hinkle, Ethan Pierce and Tucker Kinney to get back within two (8-6).
The Pointers, though, scored the final four points of the quarter and then the first four of the next one to push the lead to 10.
The Sabers countered with a pair of hoops from Logan Paulsen and a jumper by John McConohy, but those proved to be the team’s only points of the period as Central’s struggles from three — the Sabers were 0-9 from behind the arc in the first half — helped the Pointers take a 26-12 lead into the half.
Kinney opened the third-quarter scoring, but his hoop was followed by eight straight Center Point-Urbana points and the hosts added a separate 7-0 run to extend their lead.
The Sabers outscored the Pointers, 11-7, in the fourth quarter behind seven combined points from McConohy and Mac Zevenbergen.
McConohy and Paulsen both had six points to lead the Sabers, while Hinkle had five and Kinney four (all told, nine different Sabers scored in the game).
Zevenbergen grabbed a team-high six rebounds — Alex McAleer had four — with Kaiden Muhl coming up with two steals.