Trojan boys stuff Furies, 71-50
After losing to one of the top teams in the country this weekend, the Wesleyan Christian boys bounced back strong in a 71-50 win Tuesday at Forsyth Country Day.
Donovan Gilmore and Harry Giles each a double-double to lead the Trojans (13-4), ranked No. 2 in the NCISAA 3A. Giles had 18 points and 18 rebounds while Gilmore had 18 points and 10 rebounds, as Wesleyan improved to 2-0 in the PACIS.
“On the national stage, everything is magnified,” coach Keith Gatlin said. “Rebounds, turnovers, missed free throws — we just didn’t close. So, it was good to get into conference play. Conference games are everything.
“(Playing national games) helps a lot. They’re not going to see the size and the strength anywhere else like we see there. So, it really has prepared us for what we have to do here.”
The Trojans led by two midway through the first quarter before going on an 8-2 spurt to lead 18-10 heading to the second. From there, they stifled FCD defensively and ran their offense well — both in the halfcourt set and in transition — in leading 32-18 at halftime.
Although FCD did trim the lead to nine twice early in the third quarter, Wesleyan pushed its lead to 17 before ending the third quarter with a 48-33 lead and led by as many as 23 in the final minutes.
“It feels good to get this win,” Giles said. “We came off a tough loss this weekend. We had to get it back and get prepared for Friday.”
“We knew we had to come out strong, coming off our last game,” Gilmore said. “We fine-tuned in practice, so we knew we had to come out strong and get this conference win.”
The Trojans, who were without point guard JaQuel Richmond (ankle), also got 10 points from Trey Chapman. They face another stern test in their next game Friday at state-ranked No. 1 Greensboro Day.
“We just had to come out and play hard,” Gilmore said of adjusting to playing without Richmond. “We’ve got a lot of depth and a lot of size on the inside. We just had to come out and play hard.
“We know know what type of team we are. We just have to show it every night.”
Colton Bishop scored 11 points to lead FCD.