FORTVILLE — After watching his team play passively for most of the first half, Mt. Vernon coach Travis Daugherty got a head start on his halftime comments when he took his senior leader CJ Coleman out of the game with less than a minute remaining.
As Coleman went to take his place on the bench, Daugherty stopped him by the shoulders and gave him the speech he was about to give the entire team.
“He got distracted late in the first half,” Daugherty said. “I challenged him to refocus and play the kind of basketball he is capable of.”
Coleman and his teammates responded, as he and junior Dan Werner combined for 33 of the team’s 45 second-half points on the way to a 69-61 win over Rushville Friday night.
“He played like the all-state caliber player he is in the second half,” Daugherty said of Coleman, who is committed to UNC-Greensboro. “He really led us.”
Coleman finished with 36 points with most of those points coming on dribble penetration to the basket for a contested layup or pull-up jumper.