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Posted On: 12/12/17 9:14 AM
Deer Park Coach Steve Gentry played for legendary Withrow Coach George Jackson in the mid-late 80’s. And one thing that all of Coach Jack’s teams were known for was there press and turning defense into offense. And Coach Gentry unleashed that style Friday night at Sports Plus as Deer Park cruised to a 78-52 victory over CHL rival Reading Blue Devils.
Deer Park got out to a fast start early with the pressing style mentioned early, causing TO’s and forcing Reading into quick, contested shots which gave the Wildcats a 20-6 1st quarter lead. The second quarter saw Reading make somewhat of a push lead by c/o 2018 F Bryce Hunt (PHO #36). Hunt keep his team in the game by simply playing hard on both ends. Hunt ended up on the floor a lot in the second half, rather if it was diving for a loose ball or drawing charges, Bryce made helped his team cut the lead to under ten multiple times in the 2nd quarter. Also included in his 2nd quarter surge was a thunderous two-hand dunk on the baseline which gave the Blue Devils tons of momentum. Guards Alijah Vaught (c/o 2019) and AJ Brown (c/o 2019) gave Hunt help as well helping navigate the Wildcat press and making plays in the lane. By the half the lead was eleven for the Wildcats 36-25.
Unfortunately for the Blue Devils the 2nd half was a lot like the 1st quarter with TO’s a plenty which lead to the Wildcats getting out in transition. And with the Wildcats athleticism, size and depth they were able to simply wear down Reading and simply took control of the game. Deer Park was led by senior G/W Jalen Rose who finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Oak Hills (VA) transfer Damani McEntire (2018) finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals while the before mentioned Hunt paced Reading with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks.
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