Borden proves to be the real McCoy in win over NW
January 11, 2012Winners Choice Sports
When scouting Borden, coaches usually focus on stopping Branden Beam or bottling up Billy Kirchgessner.
After Saturday’s 67-45 win over New Washington last Friday, there is a new Brave who is sure to make opposing coaches lose sleep. Jalen McCoy set a new school record by drilling eight threes in Borden’s ninth consecutive win.
New Washington Head Coach Jonathan May admitted they weren’t expecting that kind of production by McCoy.
“We were trying to get to the rim and stop (Branden) Beam,” May said. “We didn’t anticipate McCoy. It was really tough to stop them when they have five guys on the floor that handle the ball and shoot like they do. We just didn’t adjust very well.”
Borden Coach Doc Nash, who graduated from New Washington in 1997 said his team had a business-like approach.
“We played hard, we came in and took care of business,” he said. “Coach (Jonathan) May does a good job but we are just stronger in many positions.”
Borden was off and running early and never looked back. Garrett Vick scored a basket and then Beam, on a fast break, dunked the ball. The tone was set for the rest of the game.
McCoy, who is the team’s sixth man, came into the game after a couple minutes to pick up three 3’s in the quarter to drive Borden to a 20-8 lead.
In the second quarter Borden’s full court press and smothering defense gave New Washington a great deal of difficulty maintaining possession of the ball with nine turnovers for the half. Borden picked up four more 3’s in the quarter with McCoy hitting three more. With Borden having a rebounding advantage they lead at the half by 17 at 36-19 Borden.
In the third quarter New Washington did handle the ball much better and went to the boards harder. But Borden kept up their press and tough defense giving New Washington a difficult time getting into their half court game.
Borden pickup two more 3’s in the third quarter, one from McCoy, as they rolled out another 21 points to finish the quarter ahead 57 - 32.
Borden’s McCoy was going into the fourth quarter hitting seven of nine three point shots and tying the school record. He was given a couple minutes to get the eighth 3-pointer before the bench would take over. With approximately 5:20 to play he cut loose with the shot five feet behind the arch and the Borden section came to their feet. After hitting the shot he was given a standing ovation by the Borden crowd and joined the starters on the bench a few seconds later.
The fourth quarter was played from Borden’s bench. McCoy’s 3 and a free throw along with Matt Smith’s 3 and four free throws added ten points to Borden’s score as New Washington picked up 13 points. The final score was 67-45 Borden.
Borden’s shooting for the night was very strong. They scored 11 – 3’s, 13 baskets and hit 8 for 12 from the free-throw line.
Leading scorers for Borden were McCoy with 27 and Michael Lynch with 10. McCoy hit 8 for 10 3-point shots in the game for a school record. Eleven three-point shots were hit by McCoy, Beam, Lynch and Smith.
Leading scorer for New Washington was Brad Baker with 17.
Borden will put their 9-0 record on the line Friday when they host Austin and Christian Academy in back-to-back weeks.
Austin will visit the Reservation on Jan. 13 and Christian Academy will come to town Jan. 20.