BRHS grinds out winPublished 10:05am Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Benjamin Russell High School varsity boys basketball evened their record back to 3-3 on the 2012 season with a 49-47 victory over Auburn High School last night at home.
The Wildcats were down early, but a lay up by senior Javoskie McNeal took the score to 10-7 and the Wildcats held on to that lead at 13-9 going into the second quarter.
Auburn would strike back with strong perimeter offensive play in the second quarter and take a 19-15 lead with 2:30 left in the half.
The Tigers then widened the gap before the halftime buzzer with the score at 26-19.
Benjamin Russell has been waiting for a consistent and viable scoring threat to emerge so far in the young season, and junior point guard Ronnie Stacy did just that with five straight points to start the second half.
Stacy then hit a lay-in with four minutes left in the third quarter to cut the Auburn lead to 32-29.
After an Auburn put-back, Antonio Wilson knocked down a three pointer to once again bring the deficit back to 34-32.
The two squads went into the fourth quarter with Auburn leading 36-34.
Both teams went shot for shot in the fourth quarter, with Benjamin Russell having numerous opportunities to ice the game with free throws, but unable to knock them down.
Stacy used his ball-handling skills and drive-ability to continually make plays in the lane in the fourth quarter for BRHS.
A McNeal lay-up with one minute left in the game took the score to 49-45 and Auburn made some free throws to take the score to 49-47.
Auburn would get a chance at a final shot, but it wouldn’t hit the rim and the Wildcats wrapped up the win.
Stacy led Benjamin Russell with his highest scoring night in varsity basketball in his career with 28 points in the win.
McNeal added 14 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats.
“We’re just really having to grind out wins right now, but the guys are playing hard,” BRHS head coach Jeff Hines said.
“(Stacy) is really efficiently running our offense and we’re looking forward to a big game Friday night in Dadeville.”