HOLNESS TO THE RACK — St. Francis’ Kordell Holness drives to the bucket during St. Francis loss Friday at Timon. Photo by David Marino.
Timon was able to stay amongst the league’s top teams behind a dominant all-around performance by one Tiger and the prolific scoring ability of another.
Timon improved to 10 – 7 overall and 7 – 1 in the Monsignor Martin with an 80 – 57 victory against Saint Francis (4 – 10, 3 – 5) on Jan. 24.
Donte Williams led all scorers with 33 points, while Derick Simpson added a triple-double to his resume when he recorded 19 points, 21 rebounds and threw out 10 assists as he was a key part of breaking the Red Raiders’ game plan and press.
“They hurt us in the first half rebounding and penetrating,” Timon coach Joe Mihalics said. “We put a big emphasis on stopping the ball. We went zone and forced them out of the lane a little bit and cleaned up the rebounding. It’s simple basketball, but we needed to execute.”
Timon held a 40 – 32 lead at halftime, before finding the holes in St. Francis’ full-court press. After the ball-handlers found Simpson in the middle of the floor, it was off to the races as the junior forward fronted a mini-fast break almost each time, finding the likes of Williams (17 third quarter points) and Kyler Hairston (11 points) for easy buckets.
“We knew the type of style they wanted to play. They wanted to play an up-tempo game; we needed to handle their pressure and we did a great job,” Mihalics explained. “I thought our guards Will [Lamar] and Layne Collins handled the ball fantastic finding Derick and the best scorer in Western New York [Williams] with the ball.”
Junior guard Kordell Holness paced the Red Raiders with 18 points. Sophomore John Steven Zhu added 10 points and senior Treyvon Holness and Austin Taylor notched 9 and 7 rebounds, respectively.
“We’re getting layups, we’re getting open threes, we’re getting loose balls on the floor and more rebounds than they had but we’re not making plays,” said Brian Ferris, St. Francis’ head coach. “We work hard. Every coach wants to tell me how hard my guys work, and I’m glad they work hard, but we’ve got to make plays. Work hard to get into position and then make the plays.”
St. Francis had an non-league game scheduled for Jan. 27 at Lake Shore
postponed due to inclement weather. After a 5 – 2 start to the season, Lake Shore has dropped five straight. St. Francis will host league rival St. Joe’s on Friday, Jan. 31.