2 Maury Wins at 3 Green Run

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Final - - #2 Maury 52, #3 Green Run 38

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In front of a packed to capacity crowd at Green Run
High School, the visiting Maury Commodores rolled in a defensive slugfest with
the host Stallions, 52-38 in the conference opener for both teams.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Green Run, ranked #3 in the latest 5A
Top Ten, came in undefeated at 8-0 overall.
The Stallions were beating team by an average of 24.3 points per
game. Meanwhile, Maury, ranked #2 in the
5A Top Ten, was 8-1 overall, coming off a 67-48 loss to nationally-ranked Cape
Henry in the Championship of the Norfolk Scope Holiday Invitational Basketball
Tournament last Saturday.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the eyes of longtime Coach
normal'>Jack Baker, a man with 679 career wins
(most among any active sideline boss in the state), this was the one that
mattered most.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We threw it away.
Forget about that one and get back to work," Baker said in reference to
the Cape Henry loss. "As I told them in
the locker room, it's one game and we've got a bigger
game tonight, talking about Green Run, than the game against Cape Henry was to

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After grabbing the lead at the 6:30 mark of the first
quarter, Maury never relinquished their advantage.
style=> They led by double-digits for nearly the
entire second half. Green Run had two
chances to pull within six on three-pointers, but misfired on consecutive
possessions, and the Commodores went on an 8-0 spurt to stretch the deficit to

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>There was a skirmish late in the game, resulting in
both Maury senior Jaleel
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Ferguson and Green run senior
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Shaun James (an ECU football commit)
receiving double technical fouls.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>According to Coach Baker, the referees told him that
Ferguson was ejected for throwing a punch and will sit out one game, while
James was tossed for was they deemed as fighting, meaning he would sit two
games. There is the possibility for an
appeal on either side that could reduce the suspension.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Even though Maury prevailed, the sentiment afterward
was that they can play at a much higher level, something they know it will
require to make a serious run at a state title.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We struggled offensively," Baker admitted.
style=> "I thought we struggled against Cape Henry,
didn't shoot the ball well. Tonight, we
struggled to get open looks and make them.
That's on me and we'll work to get better."



background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Player of the Game:
Maury G Mike Basnight - -
the night, the senior guard finished up with 13 points
on 4-of-13 shooting from the field, 2-for-7 from three-point distance, and four
assists. He made as much of an impact
defensively as offensively, covering Green Run star
normal'>Tyler Blount and holding him below his scoring average of 18 a
game, plus limited his shot opportunities.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We told Mike don't leave him.
style=> That was his responsibility to shadow him
wherever he went," Baker noted.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In addition, Basnight made
four steals, disrupting the Stallions' dribble penetration and not allowing
them to get in a flow offensively. It
was a game where nobody really stood out offensively, and key plays on the
defensive side of the ball often led to critical buckets.



background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Keys to Victory:

- - Lockdown Stallions' Stars:
in for Green Run, the headliners were Blount
normal'> and senior wing Jamaal
class=SpellE>Matin, who entered averaging 17 points, seven rebounds,
three assists and three blocks a contest.
Combined, the two scored 21 points on 6-of-23 shooting.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Without them hitting near their average, Green Run,
which came in averaging 65.6PPG as a team, finished well below that mark.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I thought defensively we were pretty good," Baker
said. "I thought we did a good job on
Blount and a pretty good job on Matin as well."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On many occasions, Maury successfully chased them off
the three-point line, and they crowded their space when they did catch it
behind the arc. Eliminating the 3 ball
was a major part of their winning formula.
Furthermore, the Commodores created 16 turnovers and capitalized just
enough to keep their distance from the Stallions.

#2 - - No Second Chance Points:
style=> In the entire first half, Green Run grabbed
only three offensive rebounds. That didn't
increase much during the second half with just one in the third period and
three over the final eight minutes.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maury was able to control the backboards thanks to
6-foot-6 senior power forward/center
class=SpellE>Draughan and 6-foot-5 forward
normal'> Ferguson as well as 6-foot-2 sophomore wing
normal'>Anthony Williams and 6-foot-3 senior wing
normal'> Buchanan, who was facing his old school Friday night.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"[We] did a great job rebounding
the basketball, particularly the first half," believed Baker.
style=> "We wanted them to work for every shot they
got, and when they did get a shot, make sure we had a hand up.
style=> For the most part, I thought we did a great

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Even from the guard spot, freshman point
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Matt Coleman collected eight boards to
go with his outstanding craftiness and a couple of tremendous moves off the dribble
with the ball in his hands. Green Run
didn't have anyone in double-figures in boards.

#3 - - Sub Without Drop-Off:
style=> One of the strengths for Maury to this point
in the season has been their bench play.
Reserves have given them a lift at crucial moments, and their latest
victory was no exception.

notched seven points and four boards off the pine.
style=> David
Reed and Jalon
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Williams chipped in seven points, and
the Commodores were able to sub without seeing any serious drop off in their
play. Every time Green Run got close to
making a run, Maury cut them off, often doing so with one of those backups in
the game providing quality minutes.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"That's the way we have to play.
style=> We're up-tempo and people are going to get
tired," Baker stated. "We're going to
need those six, seven, eight guys come off the bench and contributing."

style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Audio with Maury
Coach Jack Baker

Final Stats:

Commodores 52:
style=> (9-1; 1-0)
Mike Basnight - - 13Pts. 4-13FG, 2-7 3's, 3-5FT,
3Reb. 4Ast. 4Stl.
Jaleel Ferguson - - 10Pts. 5-6FG, 0-2FT, 6Reb.
Matt Coleman - - 8Pts. 2-10FG, 4-5FT, 8Reb. 3Ast
Shyheim Draughan - - 7Pts.
style=> 2-2FG, 3-4FT, 4Reb.
Keon Buchanan - - 5Pts. 1-4FG, 2Reb.

Run Stallions 38:
style=> (8-1; 0-1)
Tyler Blount - - 13Pts. 3-9FG, 2-4 3's, 4-6FT, 5Reb. 2Stl.
Jamaal Matin - - 8Pts. 3-14FG, 1-4 3's, 1-6FT, 9Reb.
Sterling Carrington - - 7Pts. 2-4FG, 3-4FT, 7Reb.
Edward Gordon - - 6Pts. 3-4FG, 4Reb.



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