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Rebels suffer lopsided loss to Wildcats

Under-sized West Lincoln could do little to deter Aaron Tyson Tuesday night. Tyson led North Gaston to a lopsided 65-34 win in the first round of the Peoples’ Bank Holiday Clash at North Gaston High School.
Tyson at 6’6” gave the Rebels trouble all night scoring a game-high 21 points. Tyson’s ability to score in the paint, as well as his perimeter game makes him a formidable threat.
“He’s a very good player and a heady player. He’s the kind of player that can score from many areas on the floor—that makes him dangerous,” Rebels’ head coach Chad Wright said of Tyson, who scored eight second quarter points.
West Lincoln did a solid job reversing the basketball against the Wildcats’ press in the first half and only trailed by 11 at the half, 23-12.
The second half was a different story. North Gaston utilized a full-court trapping defense forcing numerous turnovers that allowed them to extend their lead to 48-21 at the end of the third.
“We did not execute our press offense in the third quarter, like we had in the first half,” Wright said matter-of-factly.
The Wildcats connected on four three-pointers, but they did the most damage in the paint. Wright felt there were two determining factors in the ball game.
“Their utilization of their size and strength on both ends was probably the biggest factor in the contest.”
D.J. Young complemented Tyson’s 21 points with 12 of his own. Ben Poole led the Rebels with 11 points, while Taylor Woodie scored eight.
West Lincoln falls to 2-9 on the season and will play North Lincoln at 5:30 p.m. in the men’s consolation game. The two teams have split games this season.
Wright knows his team will have to be focused against the Knights who narrowly lost to Lincolnton 69-63.
“Coach Johnson has obviously done a good job. They’re much improved and we’re going to have to be on top of our game. We need to get out here and play well heading us back into the conference season.”
Wright was able to pull one positive from the loss Tuesday night.
“The score doesn’t indicate it, but we did take a positive step trying to combine our fast break with patience in a half-court set,” he said.
West Lincoln 5 7 9 13 -34
North Gaston 9 14 25 17 -65
REBELS: Ben Poole 11, Travis Jones 2, Taylor Woodie 8, Brandon Friday 1, Daniel Paysour 3, Josh Fisher 2, Ryan Huffman 7.
WILDCATS: C. Carrigan 7, T. Friday 5, M. Little 4, D.J. Young 12, D.J. Shives 2, L. White 4, Aaron Tyson 21, J. Johnson 4, J. Ewers 6.
by John Mark Brooks

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