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SoVaNow.com / December 17, 2012The Lion boys’ basketball team won easily, 49-28, in Saturday afternoon action.
James Smith was the leading scorer with 10 points. The starters came out a couple minutes into the third period, and the reserves played the rest of the game.
HCMS had a dominating performance, and the defense was very solid. “We pressed them in a 1-3-1 full court zone trap and got some quick turnovers and easy buckets. We eventually came out of the press and fell back into a 1-3-1 half court zone for the remainder of the game. We got many points off of transistion which is exactly what we wanted. We ran the floor well. Everyone got into the action and we had quite a few players get in the scoring column,” coach W.J. Long wrote.
In earlier action, the Lions secured an important 38-34 win over Gibson Thursday.
Visiting Gibson rallied late to make it interesting, outscoring the Lion boys, 12-5, in the final period. But the Lions played well the first three periods, leading 33-22 heading into the final period.
“Game plan went as I had hoped. We wanted to come out playing defense conservatively, just sitting back in a 2-3 zone, making sure we got back on defense to prevent run outs. We knew they had to fast guards that we had to contain. Coach Saunders and I figured that if we could stop them from running the floor and getting easy buckets, we could win the game. I think they had one run out and that was it. We took control early and kept a decent cushion, although at the end it got a bit testy with them hitting back to back three pointers on us. Overall it was a solid win. The really bright spot for us was we didn’t turn over the ball on their press. We have been working hard to eliminate those,” Long wrote.
Smith scored 13 points to lead HCMS, picking up eight in the first period alone.
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