The Section varsity boys basketball team turned defense into offense, which turned in to a win.
The host Lions half-court trapping defense turned nine DAR turnovers into scored numerous baskets in the second quarter on the way to a 73-46 win on Tuesday.
“Our defense fueled our offense,” said Section head coach Derek Wynn. “The half-court trap was working. We were able to get them in some situations that they couldn’t get the ball out of. We want to make sure our defense is fueling our offense. If we do that we’re going to be pretty good.”
Gabe Hilley led a balanced Section (1-1) scoring attack with 18 points while Logan Patterson netted 16, Staton Robbins 14, Alex Guinn eight, Matthew Brewster seven and Drake McCutchen and Theo Durliat, an exchange student from France, had five each.
Nick Hardin had 14 points and Brad Aultman added 12 for DAR (0-1).
Robbins drained four 3-pointers and Hilley knocked down two — Section finished the game with 12 3-pointers — to help the Lions built a 23-17 lead after one quarter. Section pushed the lead into double figures 29-19 with 3:53 left in the half on Hilley’s layup for a steal and dish from Patterson. That bucket started an 8-2 run to end the half that gave Section a 37-21 lead. The Lions outscored DAR 15-3 in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 52-24 on Durliat’s 3-pointer with 32.3 seconds remaining. DAR never got closer than 20 then rest of the game.
Wynn was pleased to see Section respond positively from a tough overtime loss at Asbury last Friday.
“A lot of these guys haven’t played together much,” Wynn said, “so it’s just about learning each other and make sure we’re getting better so we can be better in January and so on.”