Monday, December 18, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
The Alexander Boys Basketball team used a strong defensive performance in the second half in order to stun Oakfield this past Friday night. Despite OA possessing a one-point lead at the half, the Trojans held the Hornets to just 11 points throughout the final two quarters and won the game by the lopsided total of 59-41.
“In the first half we were over-aggressive, and weren’t closing out properly,” said Alexander head coach Wayne Hanley following the win. “So during halftime, we talked about staying true to our defensive philosophy. Playing our pack-line defense, staying in gaps, and closing out properly.”
Boy did the Trojans’ halftime adjustments work to perfection. Oakfield, typically a team who scores the basketball with ease, was simply shut down during the second half and found points began to come at a premium. Something that has been the case for each of Alexander’s opponents so far this year.
“We have held all of our opponents (so far) to under 50 points, and that is what we are focusing on each game,” continued Hanley. “If we can do that we should be (able to compete) in every game.”
Offensively for Alexander in the win, Ryan Davis led the way with 19 points to go with 12 rebounds, while Erik Scharlau added 11 points and 12 boards, and Dylan Busch chipped in 12 points as well. For the Hornets in the loss, Taiyvon Boyd and Ryan Douglas each tallied 12 points.
Next up for Alexander will be Attica tomorrow night, while Oakfield looks ahead to another daunting GR League matchup – this time vs the league-leading Pembroke Dragons, also tomorrow night.
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