Boyle rally starts too late against North Laurel

February 11, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

Some might see an 11-point loss to one of the 12th Region's best teams as a respectable showing for an under-.500 team. Andy Moberly sees it differently.

The Boyle County coach sees a lost opportunity for his team, which fell behind early and fell short late Tuesday night in a 74-63 loss to North Laurel.

Moberly said he was pleased with the way the host Rebels battled back in the second half - they outscored North Laurel 37-33 in the last two periods - but he said they should have fought the same battle in the first half.

"You only get 25 or 30 opportunities a year, depending on how far your season goes. You've got to prepare yourself for every one, or you're letting an opportunity go to waste," Moberly said. "They let an opportunity go to waste tonight by not being ready to play from the beginning of the game."


"Would we have beat 'em? I don't know. We took ourselves out of the game."

The Rebels had their hands full with North Laurel guard Daniel Dillon, the Australian exchange student and University of Arizona signee, who had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Moberly said dealing with Dillon was only half the problem for the Rebels.

"This game came down to two things: a lack of individual preparation for the game and Daniel Dillon," Moberly said.

Boyle (7-12) fell behind 11-2 in the first 3 1/2 minutes, and North Laurel (16-5) led by as many as 19 points before halftime.

"You get down to a team like that with a player like that, and it's a struggle to get back in it," Moberly said.

Last 12 minutes belonged to Rebels

North Laurel controlled much of the third quarter, but the last 12 minutes of the game belonged to Boyle, which cut a 21-point deficit to nine and came closer to the Jaguars than any other 12th Region opponent this season except South Laurel.

"We showed a lot of guts, but what if we'd shown those guts for 32 minutes?" Moberly asked.

North Laurel coach Kenny Woods said Boyle's biggest enemy down the stretch was time.

"They had to start putting us on the free-throw line," Woods said.

North Laurel hit 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep Boyle at bay.

The Jaguars were 14-for-20 overall at the line, but they were nearly as good from the field, where they shot 60.9 percent (28-for-46).

They were especially effective in the first half, when they hit 17 of 25 shots and outrebounded Boyle 22-8.

"They must've thought it was a false scouting report," Moberly said of his players.

North Laurel used a 13-3 run in the second quarter to take a 39-20 lead with 1:55 left in the first half, and Boyle, which was just 7-for-26 from the field, could do little about it. The Jaguars took their largest lead at 50-29 in the third quarter.

Boyle cut its deficit to 13 points by the end of that period, then pulled within 63-54 on Derek Vonckx's layup with 4:08 left. But the Rebels then went scoreless for more than two minutes while North Laurel pushed the margin back to double digits.

Vonckx finished with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting for Boyle, which went 19-for-60 (31.7 percent) from the field and 19-for-22 at the free-throw line. He also had a team-high nine rebounds, including four offensive boards, though the Rebels were outrebounded 38-28.

Blake Jones added 13 points for Boyle.

Center Mike White added 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting and had eight rebounds for North.

NORTH LAUREL (16-5) - Mike White 12, Brandon Maggard 7, Shanade Allen 4, Michael Robinson 6, Daniel Dillon 26, Trent Jones 4, Josh Asher 9, Tyler Brown 4, Jesse Sizemore 2.

BOYLE (7-12) - Patrick Horn 2, Derek Vonckx 22, Zack Cooley 2, Blake Jones 13, David White 5, Daniel Potts 8, Andrew Bertram 7, Brandon Smith 4.

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