Sanford’s defensive combination of Sean Williams and Hassan Perkins held hold St. Georges’ scoring machine Nah’Shon Hyland to just one field goal and 14 points in a 61-40 victory Tuesday evening.
A capacity crowd filled the Sanford Sports Center anticipating a scoring showdown between Hyland and Sanford’s Jyare Davis, but both teams executed solid gameplans that forced the two showcase players to get their teammates involved.
The duo combined for just 3 points (all by Davis) in the opening quarter, as Hassan Perkins’ three-pointer helped the Warriors claim an 11-6 lead after eight minutes.
St. Georges would get as close as 14-10, when Hyland knifed into the lane, only to find a triple-team, but adeptly kicked a pass out to Joe Rinarelli for a three-pointer.
Sanford responded with a 12-2 run that pretty much put the game away, as they repeatedly drove right into the teeth of the Hawks defense, getting driving layups from Davis and Sean Williams, plus a kick-out three-pointer by Brandon Dwyer at the halftime buzzer that pushed the lead to 32-19.
The lead only swelled from there, as Sanford forced turnovers, and turned them into fast-break opportunities, including back-to-back slams by Davis and Nnanna Njoku that fired up the crowd, and set up the convincing victory.
The only drama left in the fourth quarter was whether Hyland would make a basket from the field. He went a solid 10-for-13 at the free throw line, but it took until the 3:15 mark of the final quarter to hit a three-pointer, ending his slump, but in the end he finished with 13 points, well below the back-to-back 50-point efforts of last week.
He easily could have had double-digit assists, but his teammates struggled to consistantly find the basket.
Hassan Perkins led all scorers with 20 points for Sanford (7-4), who have clicked off 6-straight wins going into Friday nights game at Wilmington Christian.
Hyland led St. Georges (9-5) with the 13 points, although Rinarelli did hit 3 three-pointers to finish with 9 points. Next up for the