Summit breezes past Laurel in Section 2 opener
Summitt (61) Vs. Laurel (28)
Dec 07, 2007

Summit Academy basketball coach Cliff Guy wants his players to learn to work together as a team.

Apparently, he’s saving the lesson on perimeter shooting for later.

The Knights went to the hole early and often at Laurel last night, eventually rolling to a 61-28 win in the WPIAL Section 2-AA opener for both teams.

Summit (2-1) bolted out to a 17-2 lead on nothing but layups, offensive rebounds and free throws, then kept up the close-range barrage for the rest of the night. By game’s end, they had 23 field goals, only one of which came off a jumper.

“We expressed going to the hole, driving and looking for the open man,” Guy said. “You can get a three-point shot any time. We try to attack and put the pressure on the referees to make a call.

“Sometimes you don’t get the call. But we stressed that we’re not looking for the call. You saw, our kids didn’t frown much if we didn’t get a call here or there. We’re looking to get it strong going to the hole.”
Guy added that he has “brand new kids, and they are learning how to become a team.”

Apparently, they learn fast — although no one player hit double figures, John Leggett contributed nine points, four other players had eight and one had seven.

“Balanced scoring,” Guy said. “Everybody across the board has an opportunity. Everyone has the green light.

“We try to make our offense coming from our defense, and right now, they’re coming together.”

Meanwhile, things couldn’t have been any less together for the Spartans (0-4). Shut out in the first quarter, Laurel missed all 11 of its shots from the floor during the opening stanza and was outrebounded 14-2.

“We scouted them, and they came out with what we expected, a 1-2-2,”

Laurel head coach Mike Tinstman said. “We prepared for it, but we played on our heels the first quarter. We just weren’t aggressive on the perimeter, our inside guys just didn’t play with confidence, we didn’t slow the game down. We just turn around and were rushing everything.
“They’re a good team, and we weren’t patient against them, and it’s obvious. We were forcing shots and making poor decisions with the ball.”

The Spartans made a mini-run to open the third quarter, trimming a 13-point halftime deficit to nine, 28-19, with about three minutes to go. Summit, though, reeled off 21 unanswered points to put the game away by the middle for the final period.

“Our point guard, LaRon Green, is very special,” Guy said. “He’s learning how to get excited by getting that ball to the open man.

“He had two or three good assists then to get us the momentum back.”
The Knights also turned up the heat defensively during that stretch, setting the table once again for a string of point-blank buckets.

“They started putting more pressure on our guards,” Tinstman said, “and instead of taking the ball past them, we started playing horizontal, and they stepped in and got layups in transition.”

Summit outrebounded Laurel 48-24, with Terrance Davis snaring a game-high nine caroms.

“They controlled the boards, and we didn’t box out,” Tinstman said. “We’re not very big. But that’s not an excuse.

“We’ve got to do a better job boxing out, we’ve got to do a better job handling the ball. We’ve got a lot of room for improvement in every area of the game.”
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Summitt 12 12 16 21 0 61
Laurel 0 11 8 9 0 28
Box Scores
Field Goals Attempted Foul Shots Made Foul Shots Three Points Total Points Fouls
Terrance Davis242080
Darryl Reese300060
Matt Vaughn264080
Henry Brown200040
Laron Green165070
Derek Ogawa021010
Derrick Elliott420080
Alexis Rosario362080
John Leggett411090
#2 Eric Wallas110020
#4 Tyler Forbes143050
#3 Jacob Dando4431120
#10 Adam Gibson110020
#23 Gregory Boston022020
#5 Christopher Smith100130
#25 Michael Natale022020
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