Bison boys turn back Bobcats
An alley-oop slam by Rakeim Richardson brought down the house Tuesday night at High Point Central, but the fourth-quarter dunk was simply the exclamation point that marked the end of an exceptional half of basketball.
Thanks to an explosive third quarter, the Bison broke open a game they led by two at halftime and dispatched Glenn 63-50 in a Piedmont Triad 4A clash.
“Ultimately, we just played harder in the second half,” Bison coach Patrick Battle said. “We’re kind of playing for our season at this point, so the guys took that and picked it up.”
Central (11-9, 2-7 Piedmont Triad 4A) built a double-digit lead during the third quarter, as Glenn’s defensive blemishes were exploited. The Bison scored 23 points in the third, two more than the team tallied in the entire first half.
The points came on a flurry of layups and long range field goals in transition. Juwan Foggie led the way with 13 points and Trevor Gay added 12. Both players helped jumpstart the offense by penetrating their opponents’ interior defense by working the ball inside beginning in the third.
“We just had to get the ball in the middle, because they were running a zone against us,” Foggie said. “Getting the ball in the middle was a key for us to get to the basket easier.”
Glenn (6-17, 0-9) responded with a 7-0 run to begin the fourth. The Bobcats cut the lead to as few as five points thanks to an effective full-court press, but could not quite make up the rest of the deficit, as fatigue began to compromise the effectiveness of the Bobcats’ defensive traps.
After spending the greatest part of the second half chasing around Foggie, Gay and other Bison athletes, Glenn’s defenders had little left for the offensive end of the court. Daquan Lee and Marley Pittman both had 11 points.
“High Point Central plays tough,” Glenn coach Monty Gray said. “We didn’t bring our best game and we didn’t play as hard, and they came out with the win. The better team won tonight.”