Goldsboro boys extend win streak to 10 games
By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on January 21, 2012 11:07 PM
Goldsboro not only sped up Spring Creek, it held one of the area's leading scorers in check in the process.
The Cougars held Rashawn Edwards to nine points and forced 21 turnovers in a 78-51, Carolina 1-A Conference victory on Friday night inside Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium.
Goldsboro started quickly and jumped out to a 10-4 lead on Quavus Holloman's 3-pointer. The Gators answered with eight consecutive points and took a 12-10 lead on Drelan Trent's layup. Adam Haggerty's 3-pointer as time expired gave Spring Creek a 17-16 lead after one quarter.
The Cougars began to heat up from outside as the second quarter began. Goldsboro used three 3-pointers to fuel an 11-3 run that pushed the Cougars in front 31-23.
"We talked about not getting sped up and we got sped up," Gators' head coach Taylor Jones said. "If you allow them to speed you up, you're going to have trouble. I thought Goldsboro played really well. They obviously hit a ton of shots and if they're hitting shots, there's really not a whole lot we can do."
Spring Creek was plagued by turnovers caused by Goldsboro's tenacious ball pressure. Edwards was limited to three points in the first half and the Cougars led 38-29 at halftime.
"Our best offense is our defense and it was tonight," Goldsboro head coach Patrick Reynell said. "We were able to turn them over and I think that got us going on our momentum. Our theory was if we can challenge their guards and keep Edwards and Haggerty from even touching the ball, that was the possessions we want Spring Creek to have."
Cougars' guard Moses Ramsey began to assert himself offensively in the third quarter with dribble penetration. Ramsey scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter and also dished to open teammates.
Goldsboro used a 16-6 run as the lead swelled to 54-35.
"Mo is the most unselfish kid we have," Reynell said. "I think being a senior is a part of that. When you're a senior you've matured a lot. He's not someone's that going to rush a shot and he's someone that's going to try to get the ball to the lane. He just lets the game come to him."
Holloman knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 21 points. Damarian Henderson added 14 points.
Haggerty led the Gators with 20 points and Edwards pulled down nine rebounds.
Goldsboro (12-5 overall, 4-0 CC) visits Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday, while Spring Creek (6-8, 1-3) entertains North Duplin.