Boys basketball: Griffith blows game open in second quarter
By Brian Gertsch Post-Tribune correspondent November 28, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: December 30, 2012 3:55PM
GRIFFITH — Griffith opened its season with a 62-33 rout of Whiting on Wednesday night.
The Oilers got off to a strong start, leading 12-10. after the first quarter. But Griffith took control of the game, holding the Oilers to two points in the second quarter, and dominating the final three quarters.
Griffith pushed the tempo as sophomore point guard Lawrence Mosley orchestrated an aggressive style of offense, yielding a 26-2 run in the second quarter. Griffith took a 36-14 lead into the locker room at the break.
Griffith coach Gary Hayes was pleased with the way the Panthers executed.
“The game dictates how you have to play,” Hayes said. “We decided to put more pressure on their guards so we moved to a 1-3-1 trap game and executed it well. As we develop we want to become a team that will push the ball up the floor.”
The Griffith defense also played well as it forced Whiting into 12 turnovers and allowed only three Oilers players to score.
The player of the night was without question freshman forward Anthony Murphy, who came off the bench to lead all Panthers with 16 points. Murphy converted seven field goals and two 3-point baskets.
“In their first varsity action I wanted the young players to watch the game a little and see what was happening on the floor,” Hayes said. “Mosley came in and settled our guards down, allowing us to penetrate the zone while also opening up the post game.”
Whiting senior point guard Nick Filipek led all scorers with 23 points on the night, notching 17 in the second half.
Austin Brown, Tremmell Murphy and Ben Parish all finished with eight points on the night for the Panthers.
Whiting falls to 0-2 on the year.