BLOUNTVILLE - The postseason did not start off well for the North Greene Huskies on Friday night as they fell 52-41 to their old foe University High in a game that was much closer than the score indicates.
North Greene Coach Sam Tarlton said, “All week I felt like we prepared, there were a few things I knew we had to do to win, guard, and we did pretty well at that. Turnovers, 21-5 I believe is what we had and offensive rebounds, they had 11 in the third quarter. They out played us, out coached us, and we didn’t play well enough to win”.
As the game started the two teams were felling each other out, with seven ties or lead changes in the first four minutes. Jason Britton made a backdoor cut for an easy layup to tie things up at 8-8 at four-minute mark. Then it was a three-point play the hard way by Andrew Cole toward the end of the quarter that gave the Buccaneers the lead at 15-11 as the quarter ended.
Cole hit a corner three as the second quarter started to give University High an eight point lead at 19-11. Dennis Malone struck right back with a triple form the elbow, then he nailed another triple from the corner just seconds later and the lead was down to 19-17.
A triple from Britton and short jumper by Malone put the Huskies up 22-21 with just under four minutes left in the half.
With 1:16 left in the second quarter Britton hit a short jumper to increase the lead to 24-21.
Pete Boynewicz then hit a jumper from the free throw line and North Greene’s Malone was hit with a Technical foul with 32 seconds left in the half. Brady Weems hit one of two of the technical free throws to round out the scoring in the half with the Bucs up by one at 25-24.
Britton put the Huskies up with drive to the basket and the layup to begin the third period, but it was answered by Boynewicz with a drive to basket and layup of his own.
Britton hit a triple from the top of the key and Sam English hit a pair of free throws to give the Huskies a four point lead at 31-27.
From there it was all downhill for North Greene. The Bucs were getting and making second-chance shots, and the Huskies were not able to stay within striking distance. By the halfway mark of the fourth quarter University had a double-digit lead at 45-35 and were playing very effect keep-away basketball.
North Greene had to foul to get the ball back late in the game, but the Bucs hit their free throws and a once close game was now a double digit loss for the Huskies at 52-41.
The loss is not the end of the road for the North Greene. It will play for third place on Tuesday against Unaka at 6 p.m. at West Ridge.
Britton 20, Malone 6, McLain 6, English 4, Carnco 3, Vaught 2
Cole 20, Boynewicz 14, Croley 2, Murphy 7, Carter 3, Weems 3, Finney 3