Stallions smash Lions 86-43 in conference match-up

Stallions Jeremiah Murphy scores on a nice reverse lay-up. (Ed Berti)
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Joshua Williams scores on a fast break. (Ed Berti)

The Queen’s Grant High School men’s basketball team crushed Langtree Charter Academy in a conference contest to improve their record to 6-2. Overall, the Stallions are now 14-5 on the season and look to be playoff-bound.

LB Boyette scores two free throws. (Ed Berti)

The Stallions have some talented and solid players led by seniors Jeremiah Murphy, LB Boyette, and junior rebounding machine Jeremiah Wooton. Also, they have a quick good ball-handling point guard in sophomore Joshua Williams. They are 8 players deep off the bench who make a nice contribution when called upon to rest the starters. This includes senior center 6’8″ Jaden Bilal who has made a good amount of starts, and sophomore guard Ejijah Rector who shows potential to become a key player for the Stallions going forward.

This core group of players simply smashed and dominated in the first period when they opened up on a 25-0 run. The Lions did not score their first basket until 1:57 remaining in the period. The Stallions jumped off to a huge 29-5 advantage before this game even warmed up at the complete frustration of the Lions players and coaches.

Jeremiah Murphy the team’s senior leading scorer swished his 1000th point on a jumper after opening the game on an easy tip-off basket undefended by the Lions who played poorly defensively throughout. The Stallions were clearly the better team as they simply were more athletic, controlled the tempo and flow of the basketball game.

Good backboard work by Jeremiah Wooten, Jaden Bilal and Devin Summey. (Ed Berti)

In the second period, the Lions settled down and swapped baskets with the Stallions to make this game more competitive. In fact, they were able to make a significant dent in the Stallions lead when they put together a 12-4 run of their own. However, in the remaining two minutes the Stallions bounced back to take a 45-25 edge at the intermission. Both Murphy 15 points, and Boyette 12 led the Stallions in the scoring department.

In the third period, the Stallions dominated the Lions offensively along with solid defense and excellent rebounding led by Wooten who was very strong off the boards. The home team picked up their fast-paced running style and beat the Lions consistently in transition for easy baskets. The Lions were desperately trying hard to hang on with some hot shooting from seniors Ryan Arisian and Tylan Ikard, however, they were no match for Murphy and Boyette combined with the rebounding strength of Wooten. The Stallions extended their lead to a commanding 74-39 edge entering into the final period.

Elijah Rector scores 2-points. (Ed Berti)

In the fourth period, Stallions coach Walter Wright started to substitute with his bench players who played well outscoring the Lions 12-4. Midway through the period, the Lions raised the white flag and did a wholesale substitution of their own as the outcome of this game was not in any doubt. Bench players who made a nice contribution include sophomore guard Rector, junior Devin Summey who showed his willingness to mix it up under the boards, along with Corey Martin, Maxwell Bland, and Darius Smith.

The leading scorers for the Stallions were Murphy with 27, Boyette 27, while Williams had 10 assists and Wooten grabbed 16 rebounds. For the Lions, Arisian led with 17 points, Ikard 12, and Jordan Wyke 10.

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