Ads blow by Burgin

December 17, 2004|HAL MORRIS

Two games in and so far, so good for the Danville boys basketball team.

The Admirals led by just six points after the first quarter here Thursday, but took full advantage of their speed and athleticism to blow the game open early in the second quarter for a 92-43 win over Burgin.

"I was very satisfied. Only our second game, we came out and played with a lot of intensity in the second half. We were patient on offense, made plays on defense," Danville coach Craig Pippen said. "What I'm most impressed with is, this team does not have an 'I' attitude.

"That makes it a lot easier on the coaching staff when you have kids who aren't in it for 'me' but 'we.'"


Chase Overstreet led four Admirals in double figures with 17 points. Eric Caldwell scored 15, Ryan Harper had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Darius Baughman added 11 points and seven boards.

Danville (2-0) forced 27 turnovers, scoring 23 points off of them. Those turnovers helped Danville go 38-for-71 from the floor while Burgin was 11-for-42, but 8-for-20 from 3-point range. The Admirals also outrebounded Burgin 51-13 and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds.

"Our biggest enemy is not the other team right now. It's taking care of the same things over and over. We turned the ball over and over. We just got beat to death on the boards," Burgin coach Don Irvine said. "And we had position. I know they're bigger and stronger, but we work on position and boxing people back, and we're just not doing that."

The Bulldogs (1-4) went 4-for-9 from 3-point range in the first quarter and trailed 18-12 after the first eight minutes.

Danville's pressure does its job

But the Danville pressure began to do its job on the Bulldogs in the second quarter. Burgin turned the ball over six times during a 14-0 run that turned a 20-13 Danville lead into a 34-13 advantage with 3:34 left in the half. Danville went into halftime up 46-25.

"They're stronger, bigger and more athletic. But we're not doing a lot of things we need to take care of ourselves," Irvine said. "I was real proud of our first quarter. I thought we came out real aggressive. They started beating on us a little bit athletically, and going to the glass on us. And I don't think we really stood up like I thought we would."

Danville scored the first 21 points of the third quarter to take a 67-25 lead. Josh Carey, who scored eight points, stopped the streak with his 3-pointer late in the quarter. Danville led 78-30 after three quarters.

"We switched up into a 2-1-2 (zone). We wanted to put more pressure on the ball and make quick decisions," Pippen said. "When you make quick decisions, it usually turns into turnovers."

Jordan Darland led Burgin with nine points and Ryan Steer also scored eight.

There's more hoops for Danville this weekend as the Admirals travel to Lynn Camp for the Bowman Memorial Classic. Today the Admirals play J. Frank White from Tennessee at 6 p.m., then play Riverside Christian at 1 p.m. Saturday.

BURGIN (1-4) - Shayne Trayner 2, Chris Perkins 6, Jordan Darland 9, Josh Carey 8, Daniel Loane 5, Ryan Steer 8, Seth Trayner 1, Ian Powell 5.

DANVILLE (2-0) - Ronnie Hawkins 5, Daylen Morris 3, Eric Caldwell 15, Chase Overstreet 17, Jameson Gay 7, Steven Gray 7, Darius Baughman 11, Ryan Harper 12, Kelvin Turner 6, Demetric Ford 8.

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