STOVER — Poor shooting for Green Ridge and a second quarter run for Stoutland led Stoutland to a 62-38 win over Green Ridge on Tuesday in the first round of the Stover Tournament.
Green Ridge hit just 7 of 35 from the field in the first three quarters. Despite poor shooting in the first quarter, Green Ridge came away from the first eight minutes with a tie game, however the cold spell continued in the second and Stoutland pulled away. Green Ridge’s shooting picked up in the fourth with GR making five of its first six shots from the field, but by then the deficit was too large to overcome.
“We just missed a lot of open layups,” said Green Ridge coach Jason Cannon. “They capitalized. That was the big thing. I thought we got a lot of good looks, we just didn’t finish. I don’t know if we were in a hurry or what, but their size probably intimidated us a little bit and they were athletic. Even if we had a wide open layup, I think some of our kids thought they were going to come block it into the bleachers.”
Jesse Hubbs and Stoutland took over in the second quarter as two quick baskets helped Stoutland build a 13-9 lead. He later had a putback and a basket in the paint to cap off a 14-1 run. Stoutland outscored Green Ridge 23-6 in the second with Hubbs scoring 10.
“He’s a load,” Cannon said. “He outworked our bigs. It wasn’t necessarily that first pass, that first entry, it was the reversal and that’s when he really hurt us.”
Both teams struggled to shoot the ball early on with Green Ridge missing its first six shots from the field until Eric Ray hit a 3-pointer late in the first and Stoutland missing its first eight until a Hubbs putback. Neither team got on the board until Ray made a pair of free throws with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
The rest of the first quarter was a back-and-forth game as Ray answered a Michael Gray 3-pointer with one of his own to tie it 5-5. Another Stoutland basket was answered by a Ray baseline drive and two Stoutland free throws were followed by Ryan Dove hitting a jumper to tie the game 9-9 after one.
Ray finished with 12 points.
“He really looked to attack the basket which isn’t something that we really had a lot up until this point,” Cannon said. “That’s something that we’re going to need.”
Peyton Needy added seven points.
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