Freshman Hornets’ pressure defense sparks win at Catholic

LITTLE ROCK — Pressure defense held the Bryant Hornets freshman team blow open a close game in the second half as they forged a 44-27 win at Little Rock Catholic on Monday night.

The Hornets team includes[more] Phillip Barnett, Dakota Besancon, Chase Christie, Brandon Cranford, Cedarrian Crosby, Evan Davis, Trevor Ezell, Greyson Giles, T.J. Hall, Austin Hammonds, Hunter Holder, Matt Jernigan, Spencer Kilgore, Slade Lewis, Madre London, Dylan Masters, Davis Nossaman, Gray Orman, Garrett Phillips, C.J. Rainey, Brian Reed, Mitchell Scoggins, Caleb Strain and Christian Washington.

Giles poured in 17 points including three 3-pointers to lead the Hornets. Scoggins added 12 with Ezell and Strain pitching in with 5 each.

“This was a good win for us,” stated Hornets coach Steve Wilson. “We were patient in the first half, working the ball. Greyson hit some big 3-pointers for us against their zone in the second quarter when they had packed it in.”

The Hornets trailed 9-7 after a quarter but surged to a 15-12 edge by halftime. In the third quarter, they erupted for 16 points to build a 31-19 advantage.

“Our press started to work in the second half and we made a couple of runs on turnovers,” Wilson mentioned.

The Hornets, now 6-4, travel to Vilonia on Thursday to wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule. They’ll return to play after that at the annual Kameron Hale Memorial Tournament at Lake Hamilton on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

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