Lions dominated Martinsville 46-26 in a contest Monday that was decided early-on due to their defensive effort.
To begin the game, the Lions went on a 10-0 run not allowing Martinsville to score a single point until the two minute and 30 second mark in the first quarter.
“We came out strong and won the tipoff, scored and we never looked back,” head coach Nelson Baskervill said. “We set the tone early with our defense and our full court press.”
Montavious Marrero once again led the Lions in scoring on the night with 14 points, but that does not tell the whole story.
Marrero was diving on loose balls, creating turnovers and dishing assists on the offensive end to put the Lions in control early.
Darius Hamlett contributed to the offensive show by scoring nine points and controlled the boards with 10 rebounds.
The entire Lions offense was on a roll as nine of the 12 total players scored in the game.
“Everyone was extremely active on defense and offense, and everyone played well contributing to the win,” said Baskervill.
However, free throws are a different story as the Lions shot a combined 9/23 from the free-throw line shooting 39% from the line.
“We still have to work on finishing at the rim and converting more of our free-throw opportunities into points. We are leaving a lot of points out there at the line,” Baskervill said.
Marrero, Hamlett and Jhamari Jones-Hutcherson got the scoring going early for the Lions as they all scored four points in the first quarter of the game.
Going into the second quarter the Lions led 12-4 and continued their scoring onslaught as they added 14 more points as five different players scored in the second quarter going into halftime with a score 26-7.
The Lions came out slower in the second half then they would have liked only scoring eight points in the third, but their defense was able to keep Martinsville to only seven points winning the quarter.
Going into the fourth with the victory in sight the Lions picked things back up on offense and shots began to fall once again scoring 12 points but also allowing Martinsville to score 12 points.
However, the deficit was too much to overcome for Martinsville as they couldn’t close the gap and the Lions defeated Martinsville with a final score of 46-26.
“The boys are playing well together, and the chemistry is only going to grow. I am very proud of how they have played so far but we cannot relax,” Baskervill said.
Out of the Lions four games up to this point in the season three have been played on their home court. Their next two games will be on the road, but they will still look to keep their undefeated season going.
“We have not yet played a tough team at their house so I am excited to see how they will respond to a hostile environment,” Baskervill concluded.
The Lions are set to head on a two-game road trip with their next game scheduled for Thursday at Laurel Park with tipoff right after the conclusion of the lady Lions’ game.