BREC boys basketball team earns solid win against Nantahala

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.

BREC Collin Bryson makes his way to the hoop against Nantahala at home.

“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.”

BREC Levi Walters waits that last second before launching for a rebound.

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.

BREC CJ Jennings on a fast break against Nantahala.

Mayse said the game against Swain began well, but they ran into some offensive speed bumps that slowed things down putting up points.

BREC Kaleb Fugate drives to the hoop and puts 2 on the board against Swain on the road.

“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.”

BREC Jacob Pressler brings the ball back against Swain. Editor’s Note: The devil horns were random.

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 Carsen Williams picks off a Swain pass and brings it back the other direction last week on the road.

BREC plays away in Highlands on Friday.

BREC Joe Madden shoots the short jumper at home against Nantahala.

BREC Korbin Walters snags a rebound against Nantahala.

BREC Carson Druffel shoots a short jumper against Swain.

BREC Martinez scopes out his options before inbounding the ball against Swain.

BREC Eric Puskarich makes his move to the basket against Swain.

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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