Like all coaches, Laney’s Jerry Hunter will watch drills and offer advice during practices and games.
Sometimes Hunter’s teachings come in acronym form.
Patience, composure and points – PCP – and TTE – total team effort – were on display as the Laney boys basketball team beat Josey 67-55 on Saturday night.
The “PCP” acronym was fulfilled during a 24-5 second-quarter performance that gave the Wildcats the lead for good. “TTE” could be seen in the box score, where three players scored in double digits and six had at least seven points.
The Wildcats (16-6) got the win after trailing by seven points in the first quarter.
“In between the first and second quarters, we questioned their toughness,” Hunter said. “We knew it was there, but we challenged that toughness.”
Quentin Hall aided his team’s effort in the second quarter, finishing a steal with a one-handed slam and converting another shot despite getting fouled.
As Laney’s offense flowed smoothly, Josey fell apart and could never claw all the way back. Once up 17-10, the Eagles ran into turnover woes and couldn’t slow down the Wildcats’ attack.
However, Josey didn’t surrender. Charlee Greene erupted for 12 third-quarter points and helped cut the deficit to 51-42. He had 18 points.
The Eagles closed to within eight in the third. Yet with both teams in the bonus – play was often halted for trips to the foul line.
That, along with some tough defense, hurt Josey’s momentum. After the teams combined for 43 points in the third, they had only 20 in the final quarter.
Though Josey couldn’t follow its 24-point third with another explosive quarter, coach Jabari Levi hoped the game became yet another lesson for a team in a talented Region 3-AA.
“It’s a learning experience,” Levi said. “Everyone is right there and similar with each other.”