It was absolute dominance from the Peacock Toilers.
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Mike Sollid of Caronport prepares to take an offensive drive from Eric Forbes of Peacock during senior boys high school basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Toilers held the Caronport Cougars to just 21 points as they cruised to a 111-21 victory in senior boys high school basketball action on Tuesday evening.
“These games are more like practice for us. We take the time and run plays we just learned. We practiced that well throughout that game,” said Jacob Laxdal of the Toilers. “Games like these help us tremendously.”
The Cougars struggled right from the beginning of the game as the Toilers went on a 6-0 run to start the game and couldn’t get anything going offensively nor stop their opponent defensively.
“Obviously in terms of the scoreboard, we just didn’t perform,” said George Willatt, head coach for Caronport. “We certainly didn’t perform well offensively, especially. There wasn’t a lot of ball movement or player movement. We just needed to execute more quickly and efficiently because they do play a very good man-to-man defence.”
The Cougars were missing Inyota Mwunvaneza, a post player that is a big part of their offence.
“We missed our big guy inside, I will say that, but I won’t say that was the only thing,” said Willatt.
The Toilers were also missing Ryder Epoch, who was out with an injury and Nolan Thoroughgood who is sick. Despite two key players being absent, every player scored for Peacock.
“We were missing some key players, so with only nine players, I thought we played pretty good with the gas we had left in the tank,” said Laxdal. “We worked the ball around nicely. Had good passes and no one was selfish.”
The Toilers had strong defence, but they used their size and speed to get in the lanes, resulting in steals. Throughout the third and fourth quarters, the Cougars scored just six points.
“We just played our game and we didn’t slow down … we didn’t stop,” said Laxdal. “We wanted to push them as far as we could. We didn’t want to show any mercy tonight.”
It was definitely a learning process for the Cougars.
“I think it is just bringing an awareness or recognition, on our part, as a team, that we have a lot of work to do on a good man-to-man defence,” said Willatt. “It is good practice to play against tough competition.”
Ryan Beattie led the game with 21 points, Braedon Crone added 20 points and Laxdal had 19 points. In the loss, Aaron Adrian had nine points.
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