Cowboys gallop past Raiders
Terrell Leach and the Southwest Guilford boys basketball team came firing out of the gates, scoring 30 points in the first quarter on 9-of-12 shooting to put away T.W. Andrews early, and cruised to a 89-64 win Tuesday night to remain unbeaten.
Five Cowboys reached double figures on the night, including Leach who had a game high 25 points. Southwest shot 59 percent from the field and buried seven 3-pointers to snatch its sixth victory without a loss.
“This is the best shooting team I’ve coached at Southwest Guilford,” fifth-year head coach Guy Shavers said. “We are playing an up-tempo style of play on both ends of the floor and it’s been working well for us.”
Andrews was outmatched on the perimeter and was buried by the Cowboys’ quick guard play and outside shooting. Leach went for 12 points in the opening quarter to set the pace for the Cowboys’ rout. The win gave Southwest the season sweep over the Red Raiders.
“A lot people think our team is based around (Leach), and we are for the most part, but I think they forget sometimes that we have four to five other guys that really can put the ball in the bucket. I was impressed with them tonight,” Shavers said.
Leach led the charge by hitting four three pointers while still managing to get to the basket, recording a pair of ally-oops and a one-handed slam. Tyliek Brister added 15 points followed by KJ Langley and Ben Ferguson with 12 points each.
“I know all those other guys can score and a lot of people don’t see that. We were able to do a good job on defense tonight to set up some easy buckets,” Leach said.
Despite shooting 51 percent from the field, Andrews never was able to get its offense in motion due to the physicality of the Cowboys guards. The Red Raiders committed 17 turnovers on the night.
“We really took advantage of the weak ball handling. We played mostly man-to-man all night, but we put a lot of heavy ball pressure on their guards,” Langley said.
In control most of the game, Southwest let up in the second half, allowing Andrews to score some easy baskets.
“We need to keep the level of intensity up. We’re going to have to work on execution because our system is based around stressing both the other team’s offense and defense,” Shavers said
Southwest, which will play Westchester Country Day on Dec. 27 in the Sheetz Christmas Holiday Classic, and will start conference play on Jan. 4. Meanwhile, Andrews has lost four games in a row and will square off against Ragsdale on Thursday night.