Blue Ridge Early College boys varsity basketball team hosted Nantahala last week and went on a scoring spree ending with a final of 82-49.
BREC Coach Tim Mayse said the Bobcats were able to capitalize on Nantahala’s lack of depth and kept up a fast pace throughout the game.
“We did a good job forcing turnovers and creating fast break opportunities,” said Mayse. “We knew that we would wear Nantahala down with our tempo, so we tried to run on every possession. They did a great job executing the game plan and played with great intensity all night.”
Following the win against Nantahala, BREC played Haywood Christian Academy at home and Swain on the road on Thursday and Friday respectively, but lost both games.
Mayse said the game against Swain began well, but they ran into some offensive speed bumps that slowed things down putting up points.
“We were struggling offensively, but we were able to match up defensively,” he said. “In the second quarter, we got into some foul trouble and they went on a little run. We couldn’t match their pace, and we had some mishaps on defense. That’s going to happen with our style of play and as much as we sub in players. Great learning experience for our guys.”
Mayse said the Bobcats are working hard this season and he’s proud of their efforts.
“I’m very proud of the boys so far,” he said. “We talk about how much heart and effort they give during practices and games. We have already matched last season’s win total and we averaging almost 20 points per game more than last year. So, we are very proud of where we are, however, we are not satisfied and we will continue to work hard in practice to have a shot at winning conference.”
BREC plays away in Highlands on Friday.
Pictured at the top of the article is BREC Eric Puskarich driving along the baseline for 2 points against Nantahala.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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