Boys basketball: Hornets nearly hit century mark in win vs. 21st Century
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent December 11, 2012 11:18PM
Updated: January 13, 2013 11:16AM
GARY — Not all dominant high school basektball wins are created equal, and the Lew Wallace boys team has proved that in its last two games.
Both wins by the Hornets were impressive, at least scoring wise, with Wallace going well over the 100-point mark in their win over Lighthouse last week.
On Tuesday, the Hornets came close to hitting the century mark again, controlling the game from start to finish in a 99-86 home win over 21st Century. So what was the difference between last week’s win over Lighthouse and their win Tuesday?
“I’m much happier today,” said Wallace coach Melvin Yancey.
“We ran the game plan and played better defense this time and they did exactly what we asked them to do.”
One difference is that Charles Cooper was the leading scorer last week, but this time it was guard Trayvon Boddie who had the hot hand, scoring the first nine points of the game. He finished with a game-high 31 points and eight assists.
“He’’s a very good guard and very smart and talented, but we have to keep him focused,” Yancey said.
Yancey said he was also happy with the focus of the Hornets (4-3) on the glass. They held their own rebounding against a bigger 21st Century front line.
Three Hornets — Cortez Arrington (10 points), Keontae Bridges and Cooper (23 points) — all had six rebounds each.
“We just didn’t play defense in the first half,” said 21st Century coach Rodney Williams, whose team also turned the ball over 29 times to make matters worse for the young squad.
“We were looking forward to this game and we were embarrassed by our play today.”
Center Ahkee Porter had a team-high 25 for the Cougars (2-3) while David German added 10.