mostlycloudy
Friday July 3rd, 2015 4:19PM

Defense sparks Buford sweep of East Hall

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter
BUFORD -- The Buford boys basketball team knew East Hall was coming to town Tuesday to set the tone for what figures to be a war for the Region 7-AAA boys title.

Instead, the Wolves made a statement of their own.

The Vikings pushed Buford to the limit on the road, but poor shooting combined with a tough Buford defense was too much for East Hall in a 74-66 Wolves' victory at the Buford gym.

East Hall was just 6-for-30 from behind 3-point range and Buford forced 27 turnovers in a game that was tight until a 19-8 Buford run in the second half gave the Wolves control.

"We knew they were going to come in here and play hard and try to make an early statement in the region," Buford coach Allen Whitehart said. "They gave us everything they had. We made some adjustments at halftime and I was real pleased with how we came out defensively in the second half.

"This was a big win because there are a lot of good teams and it will be a tight (region) race all year. You need to win at home."

East Hall (3-4, 1-1 Region 7-AAA) led 36-34 early in the third quarter but Buford (4-1, 2-0) turned up the defensive pressure forcing four East Hall turnovers in a five-possession to spark a 9-2 run for a 45-38 lead. The Vikings would cut the lead to 46-41 on a Kyvon Davenport free throw with 1:38 left in the third but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way.

Rakim Lubin, Buford's 6-foot-8 Connecticut commit, then took over for the next two minutes. Lubin finished off four ally-oop dunks and blocked two shots to spark the decisive run that would see Buford lead 65-49 with four minutes left in the game. They also forced five more East Hall turnovers in a four minute span.

"(Rock) really stepped up for us but I thought it was our defense that set the table," Whitehart said. "We were able to turn those into some easy points."

East Hall tried to get back in the game hitting three 3-point field goals to close the gap to 72-64 with 34 seconds left. The Wolves kept the Vikings at bay hitting 9-of-12 free throws in the final 1:45 to seal the game.

Despite the good shooting at the end, neither team was dazzling at the line. Buford hit just 19-of-38 free throws for the game while East Hall was 14-of-20.

Lubin would finish with 21 points for Buford to lead all-scorers. D'Marcus Simons had 18 points and nine rebounds, Taylor Mills had 17 points, and Matt McMorris added 12 points for the Wolves.

Davenport finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds to pace East Hall but he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Jacquise Hopkins had 11 points and Elijah Lipscomb 10 points for the Vikings.

East Hall led most of the first quarter taking a 15-12 lead with just under three minutes left in the period paced by seven points from Davenport. Mills would give the Wolves their first lead of the game, 17-15, on a basket at the buzzer to end the quarter.

Davenport would tie the game for the Vikings to open the second quarter and then Buford exploded for a 10-0 run over the next two minutes for a 27-17 lead. The Vikings would answer to end the half.

East Hall responded with a 15-2 run, highlighted by a four-point play from Lipscomb to reclaim the lead 32-29 with 35 seconds left. Buford would tie the game on a free throw by Simonds with six seconds left and Davenport would give the Vikings a 34-32 halftime lead on a layup on a beautiful three-pass fastbreak basket at the buzzer.

BUFORD GIRLS 63
EAST HALL 27

Buford led just 4-2 midway through the first quarter but used a 17-2 run over the final 3:30 of the period to blow the game open.

The Lady Wolves (4-1, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) used a 10-0 run to take control and put things out of reach with a 7-0 spurt in a 40 second span in the final minute to lead 21-4 after the first quarter.

The Lady Vikings (1-4, 0-2) never got closer than 15 the rest of the way as the Buford defense was tough to crack. Buford forced 20 first half turnovers while building a 32-11 halftime lead.

Buford opened the third quarter with a 14-3 run for a 46-14 lead. The Lady Wolves led by as many as 43 points midway through the fourth quarter. East Hall would score the final seven points of the game.

Corey Staples led Buford with 16 points. Taylor Ozment added seven points and Camille Anderson, Tara Dambach, and Bree Horrocks had six points each for the Lady Wolves.

East Hall was paced by 10 points from Jatasia Bailey. Eboni Burce had five points for the lady Vikings.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Bartus, Icemen shuts out Gwinnett
Garrett Bartus pitched a 42 save shutout, as the Evansville IceMen topped the Gwinnett Gladiators on a New year
10:23PM ( 1 year ago )
Gator Bowl Preview Capsule
A rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl, which Georgia won 45-31 in Orlando.
8:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Millsap's 34 leads Hawks past Celtics
Paul Millsap had season highs with 34 points and 15 rebounds as the Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon.
7:44PM ( 1 year ago )
Sports
Big Red Shootout: Buford foils Lady Elephants' upset bid in finale
Buford junior Camille Anderson knows to forget about the past during games.
11:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Boys basketball: Knights rebound with win over Centennial
The Johnson boys bounced back after a loss to Grayson on Friday with a 94-72 win Saturday night over Centennial in the Duluth Jingle Jam.
10:43PM ( 1 year ago )
Girls basketball: Dawson falls in Battle of States finals
Dawson County fell behind early and could not complete the comeback in a 70-65 loss to Hayesville, N.C. in the championship game of The Battle of the States Tournament Saturday night.
10:38PM ( 1 year ago )
High School Sports
Gainesville Braves best of 32; win USSSA World Series
Two come-from-behind wins, last-inning heroics and timely pitching meant one thing for the 9-under Gainesville Braves travel baseball team the last week of June: a USSSA World Series title.
2:50PM ( 1 hour ago )
Maybin gives Braves walk-off win over Nats
Cameron Maybin drove in the go-ahead run with a chopper against Max Scherzer that bounced over third base in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
By The Associated Press
9:23AM ( 6 hours ago )
Wolves' Bennett signs with Reds
Former Buford High standout pitcher Connor Bennett signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Bennett was drafted in 34th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by Cincinnati.
By AccessWDUN staff
9:15AM ( 7 hours ago )
John Smoltz the 1st HOFer following Tommy John surgery
When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be the first player enshrined following Tommy John surgery.
8:53AM ( 7 hours ago )
Braves' Freeman says he won't return until after All-Star break
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he likely won't return from a wrist injury until after the All-Star break.
8:50AM ( 7 hours ago )