PORTSMOUTH—The Portsmouth Senators hosted a strong Waverly Tigers team Friday evening. The Tigers came out on top in this match up, winning 69-54. Waverly’s defense was the difference for them in the game, forcing the Senators to turn the ball over which led to multiple transition baskets for the Tigers.
Both teams started off slow in the beginning of the game, ending the first quarter in a 11-6 Waverly lead. After a stout defensive performance by the Tigers in the second quarter, they were able to increase their lead heading into the half with the score 27-17.
Waverly got off to such a slow start because of the aggressive zone defense by the Senators.
Tigers head coach Travis Robinson said, “I think a high school kids mind set is every time they see a zone they think it is time to slow it down. We don’t want to do that. We still want to be aggressive and shoot our shots. I thought we were very passive early in the game, but once we got into halftime and talked about it I thought we came out in the third quarter pretty hard, and then the wheels fell off again.”
Both teams came out hot after half, scoring a combined 54 points in the third quarter. The senators won the third quarter, scoring 29 points. Tre Patrick scored 14 points in the third for the Senators, which helped the team get back within six points. Patrick finished the game with 19.
Both teams were in serious foul trouble, having a combined 41 fouls. Waverly had 17 fouls, with only one person to foul out of the game. West had a total of 24 fouls on the night, with two players who fouled out of the game.
The leading scorers for the Tigers were Cade Marquez with 19 points and Clayton Howell with 20 points. Howell alone had four of the six-three pointers for the Tigers and guided his team to a comfortable victory.
“We are 2-0, and that’s a positive. Anytime you can get an SOC road win, it is always another positive. I’m excited about those two things, but I am not real excited about how we played tonight. We want to play fast and aggressive but with that being said we have to understand that we will give up some layups and open shots every once in awhile playing with that style. We got up fairly early in the game, and then they came back with a run of their own. Just one of those things where we decided to not call any time outs and just let them learn to keep playing after big runs. I am proud of the kids for the most part, but energy wise was what I challenged them with the most after last game was, can we come back with the same energy that we had on Tuesday night. If we can do that, we will be a pretty good ball club,” said Coach Robinson.
Jackson will come to face off against the Tigers at Waverly High School Tuesday evening. This will be the Tigers’ third game of the year, looking to keep the win streak going.