Bison turn back Raiders
Big venue, big expectations, big results.
The High Point Central boys basketball team notched a victory Friday night in the latest chapter of the Central-T.W. Andrews crosstown rivalry with a 65-56 victory at the Millis Center on the campus of High Point University.
Juwan Foggie and Jamal Thompson scored 16 points each, and the Bison forced the Red Raiders to commit 22 turnovers.
“This may be the most physical, scrappiest team I have ever coached. But I love it. We have shown ability and this team works extremely hard.” Bison head coach Patrick Battle said.
Central used an 11-1 run to end the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth quarter to earn its second victory of the young season. The Bison shot 50 percent from the field and hit five 3-pointers in the victory.
“We’ve been looking to this game since this past summer when they announced it.” said Thompson, the Central point guard. “This will probably be the biggest and coolest gym we’ll play in this season and we really played well.”
Despite shooting 62 percent from the field, Andrews never was able to take a lead in the game. The Red Raiders quickly went down 9-0, being held scoreless for the first four minutes. Lamar Raynard and Bennie Butler led the Red Raiders roaring back with a couple of 3-pointers and forcing Bison turnovers with its full-court trap defense.
Andrews was down by only two points at the break but struggled with holding onto the ball in the second half, and was not able to come up with the big baskets. Raynard and Butler led their team in scoring with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
“Being aggressive is what we do. We got everyone together to be aggressive and it gave us a chance to score,” Foggie said.
Though a physical game, both teams were unable to capitalize from the foul line – Andrews 9 of 18 and Central 13 of 24 from stripe.
“We do need to improve on our shooting and taking care of the ball,” Battle said of the low percentage and his team’s 18 turnovers. “But we are going to win games with our physicality.”
The teams will square off again in two weeks on December 14 at Andrews – a game that is promising another heated contest.
“We don’t have any super stars or big ego on this basketball team and I like that. When our players turn it on, we really are deciding to dominate,” Battle said.