The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


January 22, 2013

Cougar boys dominate Tarboro; Lady Vikings press to win

TARBORO — The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars used two big keys of their game plan in the second half to pull away from the Tarboro Vikings Friday night in Eastern Plains Conference action in Tarboro. The Cougars dominated the Vikings 70-48.

The first key the Cougars used was their pressure defense, which forced Tarboro turn the ball over 32 times and that led to 24 points for the Cougars. The other key was the Cougars used their ability on the offensive boards to get second and third chance shots.

"We didn't play well in the first half and I told the guys we needed to pick it up in the second half," Cougars head coach Anthony Burns said. "With it being a rival game and a packed gym, I think we were kind of nervous. I told them to go out and play our style of ball in the final 16 minutes and that is what we did – we were able to win."

The Cougars had their scoring spread out throughout the game. They had four players in double-figures. Jason Jones led the way with 19, Javine Hinton added 18, Michael Bynum 16 and Anthony Coley chipped in 11.

SouthWest used second and third chance opportunities to score 20 points in the game, which came from Tarboro being out rebound on the Cougars offensive end of the floor. SouthWest grabbed 16 offensive rebounds.

"We were horrible on defense and on the boards," Tarboro head coach Craig Savage said. "We have been out played on the defensive end all season and they aren't boxing out to get rebounds like they have been coached to do. It is just horrible."

Jones and Hinton were two of the big reasons that the Cougars jumped out with an explosive second half. They scored 12 of their points between the two on offensive put backs in the half.

"We were focused on the boards in the second half," Burns said. "We cleaned it up and put in work. I told them to hit the boards harder and it would pay off for us. They did it and it worked in our advantage."

Tarboro was unable to get any kind of rhythm going, because their offense seemed to be out of sync. They took a lot of uncontested shots throughout the game and could never get any type of momentum going offensively.

"We have too many individual players on the team," Savage said. "They don't know how to use their teammates on the offensive end because their are too may I's on the floor."

Savage said that his players say "My man didn't score or I didn't turn the ball over." He said he is going to work on fixing that type of selfish play even if it takes running the whole practice and not letting his team touch a basketball at all during the course of practice.

Senior Aaron Moore led the way for the Vikings with 12 points and had four assist. Quentin Roberson and Delvin Jones chipped in eight a piece and Markese Clapp added seven off of the bench.

Savage isn't happy with his senior production and said that is something else that needs to be fixed, because his team doesn't seem to have a leader on the court.

"The loss comes from a lack of effort on both ends of the floor because we don't have any leadership," Savage said. "We have to many selfish guys on the team. I take someone out and they turn and ask why am I being taken out of the game. Things like that are not going to make us a successful team."

Savage said the majority of the problem with the team isn't the potential of the players, but the selfishness and attitudes.

"We have to get rid of those two problems and I think we will be alright," Savage said. "There is no I in this team and that is all we continue to hear is I – I – I."

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