Copy of article from the 12/4/13 South Bend Tribune:
High school boys basketball: Scott is key for Wildcats!
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:35 am
SOUTH BEND — At times, Junior Scott looks like a freshman point guard playing his first varsity basketball games. Errant passes and ill-advised shots show a lack of experience on the court.
But more times than not, as was the case Tuesday night, Scott looks like the guard Riley head coach Mark Johnson needs to direct an offense full of capable scorers.
In just his second varsity game, Scott led the Wildcats with 15 points in a 63-51 home victory over Glenn.
“We expect this,” Johnson said. “The thing about what Junior does, he has an extremely high basketball IQ and he’s extremely competitive.
“What we now have to make sure that he does is just understand to let the game come to you and then you take the game over. I thought he did a really good job of that tonight.”
The game started at a slow pace that Johnson thought favored Glenn (1-1). The teams combined for seven missed field goals before Riley’s Ja’mare Washington made the first basket for a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats (2-0) would never trail the rest of the game.
The Falcons tied the game at 13 early in the second quarter, but continually came up short on the offensive end, shooting just 16-of-48 on the night. Nine first half points from Scott helped the Wildcats build up a 26-19 lead at halftime.
“I was just trying to get my team involved,” Scott said. “This is a team game. I was getting my shooters open and getting it to my bigs. Then my shots were opening up.”
The Wildcats pushed their lead to 43-33 after three quarters, but Glenn fought back in the final quarter to cut the lead down to five points with 4:26 remaining. That’s when Riley’s Reontre’ Lawrence took control of the game. After a basket in the paint from Washington, Lawrence scored the next eight points for the Wildcats and pushed the lead back to 10 with two minutes remaining in the game.
“Even in the fourth quarter, we were realistically two or three possessions away from taking the lead there when we made our run at them,” said Glenn head coach Travis Hannah. “We just couldn’t make big shots when we needed to.”
Lawrence, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, emerged as a clutch scorer in the season opener last week with his 10 fourth-quarter points in a victory at LaPorte. On Tuesday night, he worked into openings in Glenn’s zone defense and his teammates found him for much-need baskets.
“My guard, he was looking for me,” Lawrence said of Scott. “He told me that they couldn’t do it without me. They look up to me even though I’m a sophomore. I just took it. I had to help my team out.”
The Wildcats held on for the victory with a balanced attack on offense a tough defense. Micah Williams, with the help of three 3-pointers, finished with 14 points, Washington tallied 10 points and 17 rebounds and Lawrence added nine points.
“It’s really not to our advantage to play that slow,” Johnson said. “One of the things that was really pleasing was, even though it was that slow of a game, we were still able to get stops then scores. That’s what we did at the end.”
Johnson will live with the mistakes from Scott, who missed four of his eight free throws in the second half, and others — the team combined for 14 turnovers — if the wins keep coming.
“We had some seniors that made some freshman mistakes tonight too,” Johnson said. “It’s a growing process. I told the players afterwards that the deal is everyday we’re going to get better.”
GLENN (51): Alec Runyan 5 0-0 11, Austen Hayes 3 4-4 11, Jacob Strong 2 4-6 8, Tyler Prentkowski 2 1-2 7, Drew McDonald 0 2-2 2, Calvin Kretchmer 4 2-3 12, Chase Bair 0 0-0 0, Zach Combes 0 0-0 0, Levi Schleg 0 0-0 0, Donald O’Connor 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16 13-17 51
RILEY (63): Junior Scott 3 8-12 15, Micah Williams 4 3-3 14, Ja’mare Washington 5 0-1 10, Reontre’ Lawrence 3 3-6 9, Joshua Hodge 2 2-2 6, Miquon Patton 2 0-0 5, JaQuan Walker 1 2-2 4, Randall Thurman 0 0-0 0, Reggie Edmerson 0 0-0 0, Jadon Grundy 0 0-0 0, Thaddeus Phillips 0 0-0 0, Tyler Shell 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20 18-26 63
3-point goals: Glenn 6 (Prentkowski, Kretchmer 2) Riley 5 (Williams 3).
Total fouls (fouled out): Glenn 20 (Strong), Riley 16 (none).
JV Score: Riley 35, Glenn 24.