JaShawn Brooks kept on shooting, but he wasn’t doing the work alone. Christian Keeling had the moves inside and Zep Jasper brought the consistency at the line.
As the teams’ point totals kept going higher, Laney just had too many weapons as the Wildcats went on to win at Josey, 90-78, Tuesday night. The Eagles’ Darius Williams scored 38 points in the loss, with Laney taking the lead for good in the third quarter.
“It’s hard for teams to prepare for us because we got so many guys capable of scoring,” Wildcats coach Buck Harris said.
Brooks scored 29 points, hitting two 3-pointers in the third period, when Laney (13-4) erased a 44-41 halftime deficit. While Brooks and the rest of the team didn’t find much trouble scoring or rebounding, the Eagles slumped, getting only 12 points in the quarter.
Up nine through three, Laney never led by less than seven after that, with Keeling spinning inside the lane for important buckets and Curtis Hightower getting five of his own points in the quarter. Six players scored at least eight points in the win, with Brooks, Jasper, Keeling and Hightower all reaching double figures.
That was more than enough to hold off Josey, which rose with Williams. The guard posted 18 points in the first quarter, including making seven shots in a row. The Eagles fans anticipated each shot going in, and for a while every shot was doing just that.
“Darius is an exceptional scorer, an exceptional player,” Harris said. “He found a rhythm. Once he made one or two, he found a rhythm and it was hard to stop.”
Williams also made his last three shots in the second quarter after a little slump, but he was held to only 10 points in the second half. The Wildcats usually brought double-teams in an attempt to slow him down.
Josey’s Leon McQuaker tried to help with the scoring load by getting 15 tough points inside, but Laney had too many offensive options for the Eagles.
“We played harder and started to move the ball more,” Brooks said about the second half. “We started playing for each other. Then everything just turned around.”