Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Bulldogs Can Play to Foes' Beat Guerin Catholic Will Try to Slow Bosse's Tempo

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Bulldogs Can Play to Foes' Beat Guerin Catholic Will Try to Slow Bosse's Tempo

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Coach Shane Burkhart's Bosse Bulldogs pride themselves on being able to play at any pace. If you want to run with them, they can blow you away. If you want to slow the tempo and play zone, Perry Fairrow and JaQuan Lyle can make you pay from the outside.

No. 10 Guerin Catholic of Noblesville (22-5) is expected to follow Vincennes Lincoln's lead and try to keep No. 6 Bosse (23-4) in the 50s when they meet at noon CDT today in the Class 3A Seymour boys' basketball semistate. According to the Sagarin ratings, Guerin Catholic ranks fifth in 3A and 37th overall while the Bulldogs are sixth in 3A and 40th overall. Last Saturday, the Bulldogs needed a 3-pointer from Fairrow to tie the score, 54-54, with 55 seconds left in the Washington Regional semifinal and went on to beat Vincennes Lincoln, 58-54. No. 8 Brownstown Central tried to run with Bosse in the title game and lost, 77-56.

When the Bulldogs play unselfishly and play tough defense, they're hard to stop, Burkhart said. He hopes Bosse will dictate the tempo and not wait for Guerin Catholic to set it.

"That was something Vincennes was able to do," Burkhart said, noting Bosse has not lost a slowdown game all year long, "knock on wood."

"The games we have lost is when we haven't played defense," he said.

Senior guard-forward Jalen Pendleton was in seventh grade when Bosse won a semistate title in 2007 en route to a state runner-up finish.

"It's a great feeling to be able to represent Bosse High School," said Pendleton, who has been offered an athletic scholarship by Indiana State and plans to make official visits to Middle Tennessee State and Texas Christian. He leads the Bulldogs in scoring average (21.0), is second in rebounding average (7.8) and ranks first in field-goal percentage (62.0 percent).

Lyle, regarded as one of the finest sophomores in the nation, already has received seven scholarship offers: from Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Xavier, Michigan State and Ohio State. …

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