Backcourt Dominance Leads the Titans to Victory

Strong play from the duo of Nick Sibley and Ryan Karlan paced the Titans to an easy win over Indy.


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Coming together at the end of their morning practice, the boys team convincingly beat Indy last night.

Backcourt duo Nick Sibley and Ryan Karlan combined for 30 points in the Titans win Thursday night. Nick Sibley finished the night with 16 points and hit an impressive four 3s in the first half. Senior point guard Ryan Karlan led the way down the stretch with nine points including three from the charity strip. 

Dominion improved to 4-2 on the year after the 65-48 win over Independence. The fourth quarter was all Dominion as the Titans outscored Independence 19-10. Seniors Karlan, Justin Mann, and Adian Edwards did a great job, moving the ball around, to control the pace and tempo in the closing minutes. 

Both teams came out hot after halftime, in a back and forth 3rd quarter putting up 20 points each, turning a halftime score of 26-18 to 46-38. Indy’s Wesley Williams went off in the 3rd and scored 10 of his 24 before going down with what appeared to be a minor head injury. 

Coach Eifler said about guarding Williams, “We blew a couple handoff/ball screen coverages that gave him open looks but I think Ryan did a good job of forcing Wes into tough shots.  Unfortunately for us he was just hitting them.”  John McElroy came off the bench and scored six points in quick succession for the home squad, which helped them to a high total of 20 for the quarter. 

The 2nd quarter was not so high scoring and both teams didn’t even score 20 points combined. The Titans struggled after their hot start to the game only scoring seven points in that quarter. 

Eifler said, “Offensively, Sibley got hot in the first and gave us a lot of energy.  Our energy dropped a little in the second and we missed some layups, but I was happy with how we played.”  Independence cut the lead a little after a bad start but the Titans still went into halftime up 26-18.

The Titans had their most dominant quarter in the first jumping out to an 8-0 run and ended the quarter up 11. Nick Sibley started off his hot night with three 3’s in the 1st and the Titans were excellent defensively. Williams was also the only person to score from Independence as he had all seven points to end the quarter. 

The Titans get back on the court Monday night against Valley in an important showdown.