SPORTS CAMP INFO
Basketball team gets statement win but momentum doesn't hold in Marion County tourney
January 18, 2014Southport High School
In the first round of the Marion County tournament, the boys basketball team shocked everyone by handing Perry Meridian their first loss of the season, and also knocking them out of the county tournament 61-52.
Going into the game, head coach Mr. Kyle Simpson knew that in order to win the team had to play really well defensively.
“They are a disciplined team, and they don’t try beat themselves, they rely on you to beat yourself,” Simpson said.
The first half of the game was back and forth between the township rivals, with the first half ending tied at 23.
“I told our guys that we had to play defense for four quarters, we can’t take a quarter off and still expect to win,” Simpson said.
The defense stayed strong, and that was a huge factor in the win.
Another factor was sophomore center Joey Brunk. Brunk had 23 points and 11 rebounds throughout the game.
“(Brunk) was great that night,” Simpson said. “We have really made him an emphasis in our offense.”
Other players like freshman Paul Scruggs (16 points, six assists and five rebounds) and junior Malik Bennett (12 points, five assists and two rebounds) contributed as well.
According to Simpson the key player in the game was senior Tim Jewell.
“He came in off the bench, he missed some free throws, but understood his role. He defended, he took care of the ball by keeping it moving, and showed key leadership.” Simpson said.
Overall it was a good team win for the Cards, Simpson thought.
The next day the Cards had to travel to play North Central, but they didn’t fare as well this time and lost 60-52.
“We lost because we didn’t execute the game plan,” Simpson said.
While the team struggled offensively, they played well on defense, holding North Central sophomore Eron Gordon, who was averaging around 24 points per game, to six points.
The entire team struggled offensively, and according to Simpson, Bennett played one of his worst games ever.
Overall it was a tough loss for the Cards.
“I was disappointed in the team, especially after how we played against Perry,” Simpson said.
According to Simpson, the team did it to themselves and they blew an opportunity to make a statement about the Southport basketball program.
The Cards next game is not until next Wednesday, Jan. 22 against Franklin Central. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
SHS News Bureau