Ashley rolls past Laney
Tue. February 19, 2013 at 11:18 p.m. | By Kris Lancaster | Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
Ashley's Tyre Gathright shoots against Laney during the first round of the MEC boys conference tournament at Ashley on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (Photo by Matt Born)
Tuesday's matchup between Ashley and Laney began with an emphatic two-handed dunk from Ashley's T.J. Williams just 15 seconds in. The game was pretty much over after that.
Ashley dominated the visiting Bucs from start to finish, winning 64-39 in the first round of the Mideastern Conference boys tournament.
"We were just very focused offensively as well as defensively," said Ashley coach Bryn McSwain. "I thought we were really good in practice yesterday, and that showed tonight."
The Eagles were on fire shooting the basketball throughout the first half and went 16-for-20 from the field. Laney, on the other hand, couldn't buy a basket, as the Bucs made only three shots from the field in the first half.
Ashley was led by junior Ridell Camidge, who went 5-for-5 in the first half with 13 points.
He finished the game with 17 points.
"When he's patient, he's a monster," said McSwain. "We put the ball in his hands a lot to make plays, and he really did. Everybody did."
Ashley led 23-4 after one quarter, and then built on it by trapping Laney's guards and forcing them into turnovers.That pressure helped the Eagles take a 38-9 lead into halftime.
"A lot of that was through designed traps, and a lot of it was our guys on their own," McSwain said.
"We try to put them in a spot to be aggressive and assertive, and we really were defensively. And that pays off for us offensively."
Next up for the Eagles will be their third game against the Wildcats of New Hanover on Thursday at Hoggard's gym. Ashley and New Hanover split the season series, with each team winning on its home floor.
"I'm glad we play them at a neutral site; that'll be fun," said McSwain.
"We have to match their intensity. We're going to see some really good defense; we're going to have a 6'8" kid (Nigel Holley) for T.J. to guard. Trevon Brown is the hardest player to guard right now, and he's playing really well. We'll see if we're ready."