Originally created 12/07/00

Aiken Tech foils Anderson's game plan



GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Anderson coach Kevin Pederson thought he had a plan that would slow down Aiken Tech's wide open offense.

It backfired.

The Knights (7-3) opened the game with a 16-0 run followed by a 10-0 run to go up as by as many as a 25 points before winning 100-85 Wednesday night in the second meeting between the schools this season. Aiken Tech routed the Trojans' (0-3) junior varsity squad 96-58 in Anderson.

Pederson's plan Wednesday was to slow the tempo with timely ball movement on offense. But with the Knights defense swarming the passing lanes, Anderson found itself in more of a track race than the first meeting.

"They got out and ran anyway," Pederson said. "The way we played in the first half was probably my fault because I held them up a little trying to keep the game to a slow tempo. Aiken Tech is so quick. We tried not to get into a running battle. But after the half, I just told them to get after it."

The Knights led 48-25 at the half, but the Trojans eventually cut the margin to 10 points behind a 3-point barrage by Xavier Armfield and Keith Cannada. Together, they accounted for 13 trey's, seven for Cannada and six for Armfield. Both finished with 22 points.

Each time the Trojans closed the gap, Aiken Tech made enough plays to keep them at bay. Darrick Broddie, who led the Knights with 19 points, scored 10 of Aiken Tech's 12 points at one stretch in the second half to help Charles Welch's squad keep a double digit lead.

After Anderson cut the lead to 58-48, Broddie scored back-to-back layups to push the margin back to 14. Following an Alden Ellis free throw for Anderson, Broddie came right back and scored on a drive and foul to make it 65-49.

"We're trying to see who steps up when things get tight," Welch said. "We're still at a point where we're trying to find chemistry. Our execution is not where it needs to be. At halftime, we really felt like they would just fold up their tent, but Anderson came out and shot really well."

The Trojans hit 17 3-pointers, but could do little to stop the Knights on offense.

Five players got into double figure scoring for the Knights. Behind Broddie, Andrew Duke had 16 points while Q.B. Scott followed with 15. The team's leading scorer on the season, Terrance Callahan, added 12 points, as did Renaldo Norman.

Aiken Tech will be at home again on Saturday, hosting Southern Wesleyan's junior varsity team at 3 p.m.