GFA boys run past King
Published 9:31 pm, Monday, February 4, 2013
The second time around, Monday at Coyle Gym in Westport, the Dragons made sure Sawyer didn't enjoy a repeat performance.
Clogging the middle of the lane, GFA forced most of King's offense out to the perimeter and contested the chances that the Vkings took to the basket. The Dragons, in turn, kept the damage done by Sawyer to a minimum and forced enough turnovers to fuel their potent fast-break offense.
GFA stormed out to a 21-point halftime lead and cruised in the second half, posting a 75-52 defeat of King.
Sawyer led all scorers with 23 points, only eight of which came after halftime.
"We'd go out and attack him with two guys, and he'd give the ball up," GFA coach Doug Scott said, referring to the Dragons' game plan. "I wasn't so brilliant. He was better than our doubles. So this time, we backed off him."
The Dragons have won nine straight since their loss to King, 65-57 on Jan. 10, and remain atop the conference standings at 15-2 (11-1 FAA).
Sticking mainly to a zone defense, GFA limited King's shooting lanes and held the Vikings to 19 points in the first half. Sawyer scored 15 of those points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the process.
"Defensively, we played a lot of zone to pack it in and force him to shoot. I thought (the zone) really helped," Obi said of defending Sawyer. "He's very good at going to the foul line, drawing fouls."
King (9-9, 4-8) struggled from the perimeter early, which allowed GFA to break into its transition attack right off the rebounds. Leading by five in the first half, the Dragons broke the game open with a 12-2 run to go ahead 30-17.
Guard Hunter Eggers helped key GFA's up-tempo offense early, scoring all 14 of his points in the first half. Eggers, Obi and guard Matt Tate also combined for 11 steals.
"We know they're a good transition team. The last two times we played them, we made shots on the perimeter," King coach Greg Dobbs said. "You make your shots, that slows down the transition game. I think that was really the difference in the first half."
King got nine points from forward Guilbert Francois and eight from Conor Harris.
Midway through the second half, the Vikings got within as few 17 points -- 55-38 following a bucket by Nick Della Jacono. The Dragons answered a 10-2 spurt by King with a 7-0 run of their own.
"We didn't have our best game defensively, we didn't have our best game offensively," Dobbs said. "When you bring that into the gym against a team as good as GFA, it's not going to be pretty."
For GFA, Baines grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds. Obi had five blocks.
"I was very happy all the way around," Scott said. "We accomplished the things we were trying to accomplish. This time of year, you don't get a lot of practice. You never know what you're going to accomplish out of a chalk talk."
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GREENS FARMS ACADEMY 75, KING 52
KING (9-9, 4-8 FAA)
Eddie Meizels 1 0-0 3 Angus Bass 0 0-0 0 Mike Correa 1 1-2 4 Conor Harris 3 2-2 8 Drew Sawyer 8 5-6 23 Nick Della Jacono 2 0-0 5 Joey Rinaldi 0 0-0 0 Guilbert Francois 4 1-5 9 Chris Massucco 0 0-0 0 Richie Neil 0 0-0 0 Matt Sherwood 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-15 52.
GREENS FARMS (15-2, 11-1)
Van Barnet 0 0-0 0 Brendan Bieder 2 0-0 5 Matt Tate 2 0-2 4 Hunter Eggers 7 0-1 14 Pat Ryan 4 8-8 17 Andrew Chase 1 0-0 2 Sam Hodge 0 0-0 0 Scott Deutsch 1 0-0 2 Zach Baines 6 4-6 16 Sean Obi 7 1-2 15. Totals 30 13-19 75.
KING 19 33 -- 52
GFA 40 35 -- 75
3-pointers: K -- Sawyer 2, Meizels, Della Jacono; GFA -- Bieder, Ryan.