Glen Oaks High and Northside-Lafayette staged a boys basketball chess match worthy of a March playoff game.
Coach Harvey Adger’s Panthers executed their zone defense to near perfection in a key 12-minute stretch paving the way for a 57-40 GOHS home win Tuesday night.
Late in the first quarter, Glen Oaks switched from man-to-man defense to the 2-3. That one move turned a 13-10 lead into a 38-16 advantage with just over five minutes to play in the third quarter.
â€œ(Northside) was a senior bunch of kids that like to dribble-drive to the basket and their bigs like to post up strong, and I wanted to take that away,â€ GOHS’ Adger said. â€œOf the things they do the best, we wanted to try to negate something.
â€œWe weren’t going to be able to take everything away. It was a chess match. We make a move; they make a move. I just thought the zone really caused them some problems.â€
Trevante Dyre had 10 of his game-high 18 points in the first half as Glen Oaks outscored the Vikings 14-2 in the second period. Erron Chesterfield had a pair of key baskets late in the period to help the Panthers take a 31-16 halftime lead.
The Vikings (6-1) were clearly flustered by the zone. During that stretch, they made just one 3-point shot and two free throws while committing nine turnovers.
â€œThey got out on us with their length and quickness,â€ said Northside coach Devan Clark, a former Southern Lab and Southern University guard. â€œWe’ve got to get used to playing outside our comfort zone. The officiating is different out here. The officials did a good job. We as players have to adjust to it. Things were physical and we needed to play physical. I think that took a toll on us.â€
Late in the third quarter as its offense got in gear, Northside picked up the tempo with an array of full court and half court traps. The Vikings’ 19-2 run over a near six-minute stretch cut a 27-point deficit to down to 10 at 50-40 with 4:23 to play in the game. Jonathan Tolivour scored 10 of his 14 points to lead Northside.
However, back-to-back baskets by Drye helped Glen Oaks to close the game on a 7-0 run. Drye added 11 rebounds to lead four Panthers in double figures.
â€œWhen you see kids able to handle that kind of pressure, I thought my bigs did a great job to bail our guards out,â€ Adger said. â€œI thought our adjustments were great. I thought my kids grew up tonight. We’ve been really working on get that chemistry to where it needs to be.â€
Glen Oaks began the game on a three-point barrage, with Christen Wilson, Jalen Variste, and Keith Broome all making 3-pointers in the first four minutes to help the Panthers to an early 13-6 advantage.
The Vikings then went on an 8-2 run to cut the margin to 15-14. A three-pointer by Denzel Noel with 1:26 to play provided the game’s only tie at 10-10. It was the last made field goal by Northside until Nick Syrie’s layup with 4:46 to play in the third quarter.