When a potent scorer is in the zone, a team better watch out. That was the case as Bessemer Cityâ€™s Ty Carter nailed 10 three-pointers en route to 36 points to help the Yellow Jackets beat the West Lincoln Rebels 72-51 Tuesday night.
The Rebels were also without two-guard Ryan Huffman who missed the game because of personal reasons. His absence was glaring, but more glaring was the play of Carter. Carter made a three in three quarters; two in the first, seven in the second and one in the fourth.
The shooting guard was relatively quiet in the first quarter and West Lincoln executed their offense. The score could have been 12-3 at the end of the first stanza, instead of 12-9, but Carter foreshadowed what kind of night he was going to have with two shots.
â€œWe played extremely well, ran our offense and got our shots. But Ty just lost us two times and he made two shots from 25 feet away,â€ Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright said.
Things fell apart for the Rebels in second quarter and third quarters. Carter hit seven shots from long range in the second quarter helping the Yellow Jackets outscore the Rebels 23-10. While one player can not beat five by himself usually; Carter seemed to defy the odds.
West Lincoln in an effort to match Carterâ€™s hot hand seemed frantic and tried to force things. The result was careless turnovers and missed shots. Wright was impressed by Carterâ€”who he felt was the difference in the game.
â€œHeâ€™s a heck of a player. If you give him breathing room, heâ€™ll make you pay. Heâ€™s as good of a shooter as weâ€™ve seen before.â€
Taylor Woodie, who scored 12 on the night, could have possibly scored more, but had to sit the majority of the first quarter after picking up two early fouls. Ben Poole and Daniel Paysour both contributed with 10, while Matt Baxter chipped in with seven.
Wright believes part of his teamâ€™s problem is not understanding how to be a fast break team.
â€œWe donâ€™t know the difference right now between playing fast and playing in a hurry. You can be a good fast break team and not take bad shots and make bad turnovers, but weâ€™re not that team right now,â€ he said.
The coach also declined the opportunity to blame some of the loss on the absence of Huffman.
â€œRyan is obviously a big part of what we do, but that doesnâ€™t explain the lack of good decision making on the floor,â€ Wright said.
West Lincoln was plagued by turnovers throughout the second and third.
â€œAll 11 guys played real hard, but weâ€™re not playing good team basketball right now,â€ Wright said.
The Rebels fall to 2-8, 0-2 on the season and will be in action against Big South 3A opponent North Gaston next Tuesday in the first round of the Peoplesâ€™ Bank Holiday Clash at 8 p.m.
Bessemer City 9 23 20 21 -72
West Lincoln 12 10 11 18 -51
YELLOW JACKETS: T. Howsare 2, A. Byrd 5, H. Good 4, A. Jordan 2, A. Day 7, J. Howell 2, Ty Carter 36, B. Simelani 2, B. Stiles 8, D. Carter 4.
REBELS: Ben Poole 10, Chris Odum 2, Heath Cole 1, Taylor Woodie 12, Brandon Friday 2, Daniel Paysour 10, Josh Fisher 3, Gene Arp 2, Matt Baxter 7, Ben Hickman 2.
by John Mark Brooks