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 Peoplesâ€™ Bank Holiday Clash at North Gaston High School.
Tyson at 6â€™6â€ gave the Rebels trouble all night scoring a game-high 21 points. Tysonâ€™s ability to score in the paint, as well as his perimeter game makes him a formidable threat.
â€œHeâ€™s a very good player and a heady player. Heâ€™s the kind of player that can score from many areas on the floorâ€”that makes him dangerous,â€ Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright said of Tyson, who scored eight second quarter points.
West Lincoln did a solid job reversing the basketball against the Wildcatsâ€™ 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.
â€œWe did not execute our press offense in the third quarter, like we had in the first half,â€ 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.
â€œTheir utilization of their size and strength on both ends was probably the biggest factor in the contest.â€
D.J. Young complemented Tysonâ€™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 menâ€™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.
â€œCoach Johnson has obviously done a good job. Theyâ€™re much improved and weâ€™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.â€
Wright was able to pull one positive from the loss Tuesday night.
â€œThe score doesnâ€™t indicate it, but we did take a positive step trying to combine our fast break with patience in a half-court set,â€ 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