Although last night’s game was the first time the Southwestern Warriors have played in over a week, due to a 10-day layoff, fans wearing blue and orange probably couldn’t tell at all. Those in attendance didn’t see any rusty shooting from the Warriors, nor any jelly legs, or lazy passes.

However, what Southwestern fans did watch was a 81-57 win over cross-town rival Pulaski County and a Warriors offense that is continuing to fire on all cylinders.

“I was a little worried about tonight because we had a 10-day layoff and although we have had some great practices sometimes you just can’t simulate game speed and situations,” said Southwestern head coach Dave Schulz.

“I am very proud of this team tonight, though, because they came out here and didn’t miss a beat. If I didn’t know any better I would assume that there hadn’t been a layoff at all. I was very pleased with tonight’s game and the overall effort of this team,” Schulz added.

Team effort would be the precise word to use about the Warriors’ 24-point win against the Maroons last night. Southwestern played every single player on the team, while all but two Warriors inked their names in the scoring column. Another statistic that will tell any basketball guru exactly how the ball was distributed is the ole assist column, in which the Warrior team tallied 21 on the night.

Southwestern wasted little time in building an enormous lead. The Warriors jumped out to a ridiculous 30-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Southwestern’s Dustin Fothergill and Jonathan Edwards took care of the Warriors’ scoring column in the first quarter, nailing a combined five three-pointers in the first half alone.

How hot were the Warriors?

Well Southwestern’s Jonathan Edwards took what a lot of sports commentators would call a heat check shot from halfcourt. Edwards’ 30-foot jump shot found nothing but nylon helping the Warriors to a 47-23 halftime lead.

The Warriors swarming full-court defense, along with the half court traps, kept the Maroons off balance all night, a factor that Southwestern cashed in on over and over. As a matter of fact, the Southwestern defense turned into offense on numerous occasions.

The Warriors forced Pulaski into 20 turnovers for the contest, while committing only six themselves. However, more importantly was the fact that Southwestern scored 22 points off Pulaski turnovers, which certainly didn’t help the Maroons’ cause any.

“We struggled tonight with turnovers and I thought we turned the ball over way too much in the backcourt,” said Pulaski head coach Mark Flynn.

“When we turn the ball over in the backcourt, it hurts us twofold tonight. First and foremost Southwestern was able to get some easy baskets, and secondly, we weren’t able to get the ball to John (Perkins) or Ben (Meeks),” added Flynn.

Despite the numerous Pulaski turnovers, the Maroons simply had no answer for Southwestern’s extremely balanced scoring frenzy. The Warriors were led in scoring by Dustin Fothergill’s 23 points, while Jonathan Edwards tossed in 19, Casey Daugherty 14, Casey Dalton 13, Kirby Mayer 7, T.W. Sears 3, and David Gialdini added two points.

However, as balanced as Southwestern’s scoring column was, Pulaski’s was equally lopsided. Pulaski’s John Perkins scored a game high 27 points, while his teammate Ben Meeks added 17 on the night.

“I thought John and Ben both played really well for us tonight,” said Flynn.

“I know I say this after almost ever game, but I just can’t say enough great things about Ben Meeks. He gives us incredible numbers and great effort every night,” Flynn added.

While Perkins and Meeks played their usual steady floor game, the rest of the Maroons team struggled on the offensive end of the floor last night. Aside from Perkins and Meeks the rest of the Pulaski team shot an abysmal 5-26 from the floor for a horrid 19 percent.

However, a last second basket from Southwestern’s David Gialdini sealed a 24-point win for the Warriors, which is win number 16 of the year. Pulaski, on the other hand, falls to 8-13 on the season, but in spite of a 24-point loss, head coach Mark Flynn saw a few bright spots in last night’s game.

“I thought Chris Muse and Winston Hines gave us some valuable minutes tonight, and showed everyone just what sort of players they are going to be in this program someday,” said Flynn.

Hines hit a big three for Pulaski in the first half, while Hines and Muse both handled the Southwestern pressure well in the second half, especially considering the fact that Hines is a freshman and Muse just an eighth-grader.

The Warriors head coach also had good things to say about the Pulaski team.

“I can’t give enough credit to coach Flynn. I think he is doing all the right things over there,” said Southwestern head coach Dave Schulz.

“He (Flynn) has battled a lot of adversity this season, and he deserves a pat on the back for the outstanding job he’s done thus far this season,” Schulz added.

Indeed all things considered Flynn has looked adversity in the eye, but more importantly he and his Maroons are still standing. Despite the loss of three starters from the beginning of the season until now and the mid-season resignation of former head coach Dave Fraley, Pulaski still has high hopes for the post-season, according to Flynn.

“I am just trying to keep this team up and positive,” said Flynn.

“Southwestern is a one of the best teams in this region and we need to use games like this in order to make ourselves better. I am still confident in my team and their ability to win, and now we need to start preparing for district,” Flynn added.



SCORING SUMMARY

SW 30 17 18 16—81

PC 8 15 15 19—57



INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

SCORING



SW—Fothergill 23, Edwards 19, Daugherty 14, Dalton 13, Mayer 7, Sears 3, Gialdini 2.

PC—J. Perkins 27, Meeks 17, Floyd 4, Dawes 4, Hines 3, Whitis 2.



REBOUNDING

SW—Fothergill 12, Dalton 7, Mayer 7, Sears 4, Edwards 4, Daugherty 2, Rogers 2, Gialdini 1.

PC—Whitis 12, Meeks 11, Perkins 10, Muse 5, Forbes 2, Floyd 2, Dawes 1.

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