Hagan, Topsail too much for Trask
Tue. December 04, 2012 at 11:39 p.m. | By Tom Grady | StarNews Correspondent
ROCKY POINT | The Topsail boys basketball team used a hot start, solid defensive play and an organized half-court offense to produce a 54-39 road win Tuesday night over Trask.
The Pirates, who improved to 3-1, got double-digit scoring from three players, including a double-double from Tyler Hagan, who contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds. Devin Williams finished with 13 points and nine rebounds and Matt Gilgo added 11 points.
“The kids are playing hard; the effort’s there on both ends,” Topsail coach Jeff Gainey said. “We were very patient.
“We’re getting better. It’s a work in progress.”
Once again, Rahseed Brown was a scoring machine for the Titans (1-3). Brown got into some early foul trouble, but scored 22 of his game-high 27 points in the second half. He also finished off a double-double by pulling down 11 boards.
Three key stretches were pivotal to the end result. Topsail raced out to a 9-1 lead early, then used a 10-0 run late in the first half to extend the lead to 23-8.
Another 11-0 run for the Pirates in the third period led to a 38-17 advantage.
“We’ve got to do a better job of making shots,” Trask coach Rodney Orr said. “Some of our kids got the exact shots we wanted, but we didn’t make them.”
The two clubs meet again Tuesday in Hampstead.
TOPSAIL 30, TRASK 20
Trask led 13-8 at the half, but things turned cold for the Titans after the break. And the Pirates quickly turned around their early offensive struggles with a 7-0 run to start the third quarter, resulting in a 15-13 lead.
Topsail’s Amberly Wolf led all scorers with nine points. Her team’s record improves to 2-2.
“They just played real hard on defense and rebounded well,” Topsail coach Jim Clanahan said. “We didn’t score a lot. But we got a couple of easy buckets off the press.”
Trask (2-2) drained only two field goals in the second half. Saniyah McAllister and Ceandria Murphy finished with six points each for the Titans.