Early run halts BRHSPublished 11:55am Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sylacauga High School opened their game last night at Benjamin Russell High School with a blazing start and built up a 19-5 lead early in the first quarter.
The Aggies (6-2) went on to ride the early lead and momentum to defeat the Wildcats, 63-49.
The hot start was fueled by a nearly perfect performance from the floor from Sylacauga, as well as a full court press break.
“We stayed in the press too early in the game and I’ll take responsibility for that,” said BRHS head coach Jeff Hines.
“Our second half adjustments helped us out some, but we’ve got work to do.”
A Snoop Flowers basket stopped the run to start the game at 19-7, but the Aggies took a 26-10 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter woes continued for Benjamin Russell (1-1), who has only been practicing as a full team for just over a full week.
The Aggies broadened the score to 42-16 to go into the half, outscoring Benjamin Russell 20-6 in the second period.
The defensive adjustments made at the half showed briefly for Benjamin Russell with one minute left in the third quarter, taking the score to 53-31.
Sophomore Tyrik Norris nailed a three pointer with 2:30 left in the game to cut into the lead to the most severely on the night at 57-45.
But the Aggies focused on ball control and knocked down free throws down the stretch to earn their sixth win of the season.
“We’ve got to understand that we cannot settle for outside jump shots,” Hines added.
“Our game is inside-out and not outside-in.
“I give Sylacauga a lot of credit because they are a good team that came in here and stymied us and we didn’t have an answer for them.”
Javoskie McNeal led BRHS with 13 points, while Ronnie Stacy added 11 and Woo Varner had six.