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Laney boys seal first win of season


Laney's Kirby Kealon gets his game face on as he looks for 2-points against South Brunswick Thursday night at Laney High School. (Photo by Photo By: Jeff Janowski/StarNews Media)


After losing by two points in its season opener Tuesday, the Laney boys basketball team was able to earn its first win of the season Thursday night and give Nathan Faulk his first win as the new head coach, defeating South Brunswick 59-47.

What proved to be the key factor to the win was the Buccaneers' downfall on Tuesday: free-throw shooting. The Bucs knocked down seven free throws in the final period to seal the victory.

"We shot better at the free-throw line, not exactly sure why we did, but you have to hit free throws. We did at the end," Faulk said. "It wasn't a pretty game, but it's a game you grind it out and win. I'm proud of our guys, proud that we stayed with it and got a win."

Sophomore Kirby Kealon and senior Ty Balcombe led the way for Laney with 11 points apiece.

Laney also won the battle on the boards, gaining 40 by night's end, including 17 from senior forward Tevin Jones.

After gaining his first win as head coach of Laney, Faulk is pleased he can now focus on the task at hand.

"Good to get it over with and move on," he said. "Obviously it's been in the back of my mind, taking the place of a legend in Fred Lynch, you want to get that first win as quick as possible."



GIRLS

laney 60, south brunswick 8

It took a while for the Laney girls team to get in gear, but once it did, South Brunswick stood no chance.

Behind Brianna Baham and Paulette Addison, who finished with 15 and nine points, respectively, the Buccaneers rolled over the Cougars.

After only leading 5-0 at the end of the first quarter, coach Sherri Tynes wanted her squad to relax and play their game.

"We played really tight," Tynes said. "We just have to find a rhythm offensively, but we had a difficult time with that tonight. They were very scrappy defensively, hats off to them on the defensive end. Fortunately, we came out in the second half, started our full-court pressure and half-court pressure and got a few steals and layups."

While the Buccaneers' offense was not at its best, the defense completely shut down the Cougars. All eight of South Brunswick's points were scored in the second quarter.

Nevertheless, the Buccaneers know they can still get better as the season progresses.

"We have to execute," Tynes said. "This team (South Brunswick) struggled a little bit with our pressure, but that's not always going to be the case. You have to be able to score with the half-court offense, and we struggled with that tonight."