Adam Miklovic scored 12 points and nine other Independence players scored in a 56-34 win at Brooklyn on Tuesday.
With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 11-8 overall and 6-4 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division.
“We had 10 guys score tonight,” said Independence coach Kyle Johnson. We came out with a little bit of toughness and more effort tonight. That was something we preached yesterday at practice and we came out and really battled all night.”
The Blue Devils needed the extra effort with leading scorer Kyle Zygmunt sidelined with a minor injury.
“It was nice to have other guys step up,” Johnson said. “We had one guy in double figures but we had some guys step up tonight. What I liked about it is we had guys step up but they didn’t try to do too much. They didn’t try to do somebody else’s job and they played with effort and toughness.”
After the first quarter ended in a 9-9 tie, Independence cranked up its defense and went on to score 22 points in the second quarter to lead 31-12 at the break.
“We started throwing out more traps and being more aggressive,” Johnson said. “Those traps in the second quarter really got us going and got us easy looks. They had just three points in the second quarter. We were able to get some steals and easy layups and that led to more confidence for our team and more confidence in our shooting. That’s kind of what changed the game.”
Casey McGhee, who scored nine points, drained a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to help spark Independence’s offense.
“It was a team effort tonight,” McGhee said. “We all had to play together with confidence. On offense, we did a good job attacking their zone and finding each other.”
Eric Mitrisin and Matt Richards both scored seven points, Aaron Ramm contributed with six, Aidan Coljohn added five and Sean Kuczmarski finished with four.
“As a team, we were very unselfish tonight and created open looks for others,” McGhee said. “Eric did a great job attacking the middle and then finding the open shooters when the defense collapsed.”
The Blue Devils travel to Berkshire on Friday.