Ashley sweeps W. Brunswick
Thu. December 06, 2012 at 11:51 p.m. | By Tim Hower | StarNews Correspondent
Ashley's Tyre Gathright takes it to the hoop against West Brunswick on Thursday night at Ashley High School. (Photo by Photo by Jeff Janowski)
In the final 41/2 minutes of Thursday night's game, the Ashley boys basketball team turned up its defensive pressure.
The Screaming Eagles continuously turned West Brunswick over and got easy transition baskets to polish off a 67-53 victory.
"They are a very good team and they hit some big shots," Ashley coach Bryn McSwain said. "We were just able to, when we needed to, make stops. Make them take a bad shot and get a rebound."
Ashley (3-1) led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, but the Trojans (2-2) battled back to cut the deficit to 49-46 following a 3-pointer from Gray Cheers with 4:40 remaining in the game.
"My guys, no matter if we are up 20 or down 20, they are going to play hard," West Brunswick coach Eric Davis said.
Led by Tyre Gathright and Ridell Camidge, the Eagles responded with an 11-2 run over the next 2:12 to build the lead back to 12 points. Gathright scored six points in a row, all off West Brunswick turnovers.
Camidge led all scorers with 20 points and Gathright added 14. Senior TJ Williams added 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
"Would you rather play against a team where you have to guard one person or there's about seven who can hurt you, and that's what we've got," McSwain said. "It's going to be different people every night."
Ashley went on another mini 7-2 run to finished the game, which included a pair of high-flying dunks from Williams.
Cheers scored 15 points and Antonio Clarida added 11 for the Trojans.
Ashley 68, W. Brunswick 28
Ashley led from start-to-finish and nine different players scored in an easy win.
Felicity Havens scored 11 of her 19 points in the second half and Breanne Edwards had 10 points to lead the Screaming Eagles (2-2).
Ashley led 22-6 after the first quarter and 36-16 at halftime and continued to increase the lead in the second half. The Screaming Eagles shot 47 percent (30 of 64) from the field.
West Brunswick (2-2) made just 12 baskets and committed 37 turnovers.
The Trojans (2-2) were led by Kyanna Pigott, Brie Hill and Dazia Gause, who all scored six points.