In the third quarter, the only thing Evans coach Kevin Kenny could do was watch his team continue to take it on the chin.
Leading by 18 at the half, Rutland blew out the Knights with a 26-point third quarter and went on to the 69-30 win at the William Avery Invitational at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The teams were tied at 11 after the first quarter, but it was all downhill for the Knights (14-4) after that.
The Hurricanes (15-2) exploded out of the gate in the second quarter with an 18-2 run, opening up a 29-13 advantage. They scored 24 points in the quarter, the majority on fastbreak layups off turnovers and rebounds, and made the Knights look like they were the ones who had to travel from Macon on Friday night. Evans had good looks from the outside but were cold and missed numerous opportunities down low.
Kenny was not happy with his team’s performance.
“They went on a run and we gave up,” he said. “We quit rebounding and quit hustling. We knew they were quick and score a lot of points. We just didn’t give a good effort. We folded once they had a little lead.”
Rutland coach Jermaine Christian, who was happy his team was getting the experience of playing on a college floor, thought his team was able to play to its strengths.
“We have a fast-paced game, we like to turn up the heat and like to get after people and get turnovers,” Christian said.
Shakenneth Williams led the Hurricanes with 14 points and Jaylon Tyson chipped in with 13.
With the starters on the bench for most of the second half, Jay Grimes led the Knights with six points.
“The silver lining is this the type of team we’re going to see at the state tournament and we’re going to have to step up to that level,” said Kenny.