Unbeaten Bengals sprint past Trojans
Harry Giles drove to the basket for what looked like an easy basket that would give the Wesleyan Christian Academy boys a one-point lead late in the third quarter.
Instead, Greensboro Day’s Reggie Dillard swooped in for a block, and the Bengals quickly capitalized on the other end with a 3-pointer by Darius Moore. That’s pretty much the way things went for the Trojans. So close but, in the end, so far away.
After the 3-pointer, Greensboro Day, ranked No. 1 in the NCISAA 3A, added seven more straight points to key a 17-2 run in the third and fourth quarters to put No. 2-ranked Wesleyan away and hand the Trojans a 50-40 loss Saturday in Greensboro.
“We didn’t show up. Bottom line,” Wesleyan coach Keith Gatlin said. “They outplayed us, outhustled us, outrebounded us. Our kids just didn’t show up — no if, ands or buts about it.
“I haven’t the slightest idea why. We talked about this all week. We didn’t utilize our size on the backboards. Greensboro Day beat us in every facet of the game. ... We weren’t in it. They didn’t do anything. It was on us.”
Montrel Goldston scored 14 points to lead the Bengals (27-0, 2-0 PACIS 3A), whose largest lead was six in the first quarter before leading 23-18 at halftime. Reed Lucas and Jonathan Terry each added nine.
Giles scored 16 points to lead the Trojans (13-5, 2-1 PACIS), who drew within one point three times in the third quarter before the final run. Theo Pinson added 10 points while the next-closest scorer had only four.
“We have to come with effort,” Gatlin said. “Bottom line, you have to come with effort. We stopped Reggie Dillard — he had five points and he’s their leader scorer. But you give up nine to Terry and 14 to Goldston — both are energy guys.
“It’s one of those things where it’s very disappointing because, without size, they took advantage of us by spreading us out and we couldn’t take advantage of them on the backboard. And they doubled us up on the backboards, which is unacceptable.”
During the run, Greensboro Day scored on eight of 10 possessions while only once in 11 possessions, often taking tough, rushed shots against a defender or turning the ball over.
The Trojans look to bounce back Monday in the MLK Classic in the Greensboro Coliseum against Dudley.
In the girls game, state second-ranked Greensboro Day prevailed 72-24.
Holland Robinson led the Trojans (7-9, 1-2) with eight points. Anna Massey and Shelby Lennon added five points apiece for Wesleyan, which trailed 51-9 at halftime.
The Bengals improved to 20-3, 2-0.