By Sara Welch | Correspondent
Despite dominating the glass all night, Garfield lost to Middlefield Cardinal in a 69-61 defeat Thursday night as a result of little mistakes.
"There were just a lot of little things that beat us. Basketball is a game of a bunch of little things that make a whole and when you don't do those little things you're not going to be successful. We need to improve upon that right now," Garfield head coach Andrew Olesky said.
The Huskies capitalized on the quickness off their guards' hands. As a team they managed 15 steals for the night.
"Our full-court pressure caused a lot of problems for them. We got a lot of steals and were able to score in transition," Middlefield Cardinal head coach Jon Cummings said. "We do a good job in transition offense. I knew our guards were going to be able to handle the pressure they gave us, and they did. We had an advantage with our guards' ability to put pressure on them, but we were at a disadvantage on the boards."
Garfield outrebounded Middlefield Cardinal 32-9 in the first half of the game and 54-27 for the night. Fred Maxey led the G-Men with 20 rebounds. Tyler Covey had 11 and Anthony Workman had seven.
"We've been struggling with rebounding lately and we really emphasized that aspect of the game the last few days in practice. We definitely improved," Olesky said. "That was an improvement and that's a positive we can take out of tonight's ball game, but a lot of the little things caught up to us and it was too much to overcome."
Garfield compiled 22 turnovers throughout the course of the game, while Middlefield Cardinal only totaled 12.
The Huskies were led by their point guard Brian Kaser, who finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four steals.
"Brian Kaser played really hard. He runs the whole show out there and he gets a lot of steals for us. I usually don't take him out much unless I have to," Cummings said.
Jason Farmwald finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. John Thomas had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Garfield was led Workman with 17 points. Mason Butler had 14 points, 12 of those coming from the four 3-pointers he drained in the fourth quarter. Maxey cleared a double-double with 11 points and 20 rebounds.