Leach powers Southwest Guilford past Glenn
Glenn tried double-teaming. The Bobcats tried box-and-one. They tried in-your-face full-court pressure.
But in the end, they could not stop Terrell Leach.
Leach scored 26 points, including 18 in the second quarter, to lead undefeated Southwest Guilford to its 13th consecutive victory Tuesday night, 70-60.
“I think tonight really proved how good of a player Terrell really is,” Southwest coach Guy Shavers said. “He wasn’t pressed into making mistakes or not playing his game. He was patient, and to score 26 on those defenses they were throwing at him was impressive.”
Leach’s 26 points came on 8-of-15 shooting from the field, two 3-pointers and 4 of 6 from the foul line, to be the game’s leading scorer. K.J. Langley and Ben Ferguson also reached double-figures scoring with 14 and 12, respectively.
“I saw the double-teams coming,” Leach said. “So I was counting on my teammates to make things happen. I hit Ben Ferguson with a couple of passes and he was able to knock down some shots. K.J., Tyliek (Brister) — all those guys.”
Ferguson hit four 3-pointers to keep Southwest unbeaten.
“Ben, man that guy is an amazing shooter,” Leach said. “I’d hate to be playing against him – he really frustrates other teams.”
Southwest struggled in the first half to build a lead, despite being in control from most of the game. The fast-paced tempo game, which Southwest typically has excelled with, was giving the Cowboys some trouble.
“It was like looking in the mirror. They are a lot like us,” Shavers said. “So when the fast tempo game wasn’t working we slowed it down with the zone defense and our offensive sets. The gap wasn’t getting any bigger, so we knew we had to change something.”
With Glenn only trailing by eight at the end of the third quarter, Southwest turned to a three-quarter-court zone press, which slowed the Bobcat offense and led to several turnovers – and a wider Cowboy lead. Glenn turned the ball over 14 times on the night.
“I thought we forced things at times. Letting it come to us is what we did later in the game to build our lead. We definitely came out better in the second half than the first,” Leach said.
Glenn had three players reach double-figures, led by DaiQuan Faulks with 16 points. The Bobcats shot 21 of 40 from the field, while Southwest was 18 of 37, but nailed eight 3-pointers.
The Cowboys will go for their 14th win of the season Friday night against East Forsyth.