Scorpions leave Bucs stinging
Tue. December 11, 2012 at 11:15 p.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
North Brunswick's Nik Sloan shoots against Laney in Leland Tuesday, December 11, 2012. (Photo by Star News photo by Matt Born )
Leland | North Brunswick's transition game was clicking on all cylinders Tuesday night as the Scorpions streaked past Laney for a 71-52 boys basketball win.
The Scorpions sprinted out to a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and never trailed, turning aggressive defense into fast-break points.
"I want the basketball up and down the court," North Brunswick coach Bryan Hayes said.
He got his wish.
North Brunswick used its lengthy, athletic roster to swarm Laney's ball handlers and shut down passing lanes. The combination was too much for the Buccaneers, and North Brunswick had 12 steals.
Laney closed the score to 36-34 midway through the third quarter, but North Brunswick answered with a 7-0 run and the Bucs weren't able to get within two possessions the rest of the game.
"They're a very good team," Laney coach Nate Faulk said. "Give them credit. We made (the turnovers), but they did some things to force us into those situations."
Nobody exemplified the Scorpions' fast-break attack more than senior guard Nik Sloan. Sloan scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in transition, and scored in double figures for the fourth straight game.
"Nik's been scoring the ball for us," Hayes said. "He does a lot of things for us as well. They tried to face-guard him, and that frustrated him. But we told him that was a compliment and to work through it."
Faulk said that Laney was still adjusting to his coaching style and to the largely new roster.
"That's still happening," Faulk said. "That'll be going on a little longer, until around Christmas. I do like the effort we're getting ... We just played a really good team."
Laney 39, N. Brunswick 27
Laney's girls team avoided an early-season upset at North Brunswick with a quick third-quarter burst.
The Bucs (5-0) entered Tuesday's contest beating opponents by an average of 47 points, but North Brunswick's defense gave Laney fits early on. The Scorpions (0-3) muscled and trapped their way into a 18-16 halftime lead.
But Laney quickly rallied in the third quarter, looking inside for a few easy buckets from Paulette Addison and Amber Doniere to pull away.
Laney also ratcheted up its defensive pressure in the third quarter and held North Brunswick to just two points.
"We tried to get them to slow down and play fundamental basketball," said Laney assistant coach Russ Adams, filling in for Sherri Tynes who was out of town for a family illness. "We stopped trying to get steals on defense and just relied on good positioning."