2018-01-11 / Sports

Dragons rout Blackhawks by 52 points

By Lisa Paine
810-452-2626 • lpaine@mihomepaper.com

Swartz Creek’s Jayln Price-Rose puts the spin move on a dunk against Brandon Tuesday night. 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Swartz Creek’s Jayln Price-Rose puts the spin move on a dunk against Brandon Tuesday night. Photo by Timothy Mucciante SWARTZ CREEK – Every player scored for the Swartz Creek boys’ basketball team in an 84-32 rout of Ortonville Brandon Tuesday night. The team fed off the energy of the student section, noted Creek coach Scott Wright.

“The energy was there from the beginning tonight,” Wright said. “The student section was back in full effect and their energy fed our guys. We jumped out early and never looked back. Every player on the team scored, and we had three players finish in double figures, and three with seven, and three with six!

“Very well balanced effort tonight form our guys. We never really let up. We continued to play unselfish and share the ball. Our defensive energy was great, and we had a great night. We have to get back to work tomorrow, and get ready for Clio Friday night.”

The Dragons surged out to a 20-5 first-quarter lead and led 45-16 by halftime. The momentum remained with Swartz Creek, which scored 26 to Brandon’s eight in the third and 13 to its eight in the final stanza.

Andrew Legardye led with 11 points, Emmanuel Bates and Jalyn Price-Rose each had 10 and Ian Johnson, Carsen Allessie and Zack Moleski chipped in with seven apiece. Quay Humphries, JD Bridenstien and Tyler Rembowski had six apiece, Jake Berry, Hunter Curtis and Brendon Bouchard tallied four each and Grant Taylor had two.

“I am proud of the camaraderie on this team,” added Wright. “Guys are playing unselfishly with whatever four guys are on the floor with them. We have to continue to work, we know it’s a long season, and there is a LOT left to go.”

Last Friday, Legardye led with 13 points and 12 rebounds in his debut to help the Dragons dispatch Metro League rival Kearsley 76-50.

“Legardye, a senior, had a monster game for us,” said Wright. “His presence in the paint was felt as soon as he entered the game. He is a transfer from University High School in Detroit.

Wright noted that the game had a sluggish beginning for both teams.

“The game had a slow start, and both teams were feeling each other out, and then we hit our stride,” Wright explained. “We finished a strong finish to the first quarter and had a 20-7 lead at the end of one. Carsen Allessie caught fire and hit a couple big 3s in the second quarter and we really began to pull away.”

Swartz Creek upped its lead to 39-16 by halftime and poured in 25 points to Kearsley’s 17 in the third. Only when Creek let off the gas in the fourth did Kearsley outscore its visitors, 17-12.

“Kearlsey was scrappy and didn’t go without a fight, as they cut into the lead late in the third and throughout the fourth quarters, but by that time it was too much,” said Wright. “Our rebounding was strong, and we really played well as a team.

“I’m proud of the way these guys came out and played together. That has to be our focus every night. We continue to try to get better, and hopefully along the way we learn as we go,” added Wright.

Jayln Price Rose had 12 points, Allessie had 10 and Brendon Bouchard chipped in with eight.

Swartz Creek is at Clio Friday.

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