Burgin starts rebuilding season with 85-39 victory over KSD

December 01, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

BURGIN - There is still much construction going on in and around Burgin's school building, and some of it is taking place in the gym.

They're building a new boys basketball team, one that not only must function without the most important parts of last year's team but will also work in a completely different way.

The first test run came Tuesday night, when the Bulldogs debuted their new lineup and their new fast-paced style of play against Kentucky School for the Deaf.

They hurried down the floor to launch one perimeter shot after another in an 85-39 victory in the first round of the Bluegrass Conference Tournament.


Burgin (1-0) put up 87 shots, thanks in part to its pace and in part to KSD's 28 turnovers.

"We don't want to grind it down in a half-court set any more than we have to," Burgin coach Don Irvine said. "We like playing this way. It's something we want to do, and our team lends itself to that."

Burgin is both younger and smaller than a year ago, when four seniors were at the heart of the starting lineup. The Bulldogs have only one senior this season, and their opening-night lineup included two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman.

Pressure defense bothers Colonels

There was also a debut for KSD (0-1), where Kevin Hamilton coached the Colonels for the first time. Hamilton, the KSD girls coach last season, said he learned a few things about his young team, not the least of which was that it would have problems with pressure defense.

"We need to work on our press break," Hamilton said. "We made so many turnovers."

Thirteen of the Colonels' turnovers came in the second quarter, when Burgin outscored them 32-10 to take a 47-16 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs put the game out of reach with a 20-2 run that included eight layups among the nine baskets.

"The second quarter kind of creeped up on us," Irvine said. "We scored a flurry of points on turnovers."

KSD's problems were compounded when three starters - Tyler Buris, Roddy Hodge and Drew Meade - went to the bench with foul trouble during the period.

"We needed them on the floor," Hamilton said.

Burgin shot 41.4 percent (36-for-87) from the field, but the Bulldogs were just 4-for-25 from 3-point range.

"I thought most of our shots were good; we just didn't hit them tonight," Irvine said. "We're going to shoot those same shots next time."

Loane gets 15 off the bench

Sophomore Daniel Loane led Burgin with 15 points off the bench, 11 of them in the fourth quarter. Jordan Darland added 14 points, Josh Carey 12, Chris Perkins 11 and reserve David Barrett 10.

Loane had a game-high 13 rebounds and Howard had eight to help the Bulldogs outrebound KSD 56-37. Howard and Darland had four assists each, and Carey had six steals.

KSD got a game-high 19 points from Brad Davis and 12 from Buris.

But the Colonels shot just 28.6 percent (16-for-56) from the field.

"We need to cut our mistakes down," Hamilton said. "Also, we need to work on the easy layups we missed so much."

Burgin is the only Kentucky team KSD will play at the varsity level on its scaled-back schedule. The two teams will meet again Feb. 16.

"They're going to be all right," Irvine said. "He's got a good young team, and they're going to get better."

KSD (0-1) - Tyler Buris 12, Brad Davis 19, Drew Meade 2, Travis Zornoza 2, Dustin Tipton 4.

BURGIN (1-0) - Shane Trayner 5, Daniel Howard 8, Chris Perkins 11, Jordan Darland 14, Josh Carey 12, Daniel Loane 15, David Brandenburg 3, Ryan Steer 2, David Barrett 10, Joe Hawkins 1, Ian Powell 2, Patrick Cannada 2.

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