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Boys Basketball: Rich South handles Rich Central 45-30

Myles McCoy Rich South draws foul going for basket against Rich Central Rich South Friday Dec. 13th 2013 RichtPark. |

Myles McCoy, of Rich South, draws the foul going in for the basket against Rich Central at Rich South, Friday, Dec. 13th, 2013, in Richton Park. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 16, 2014 6:52AM



Rich South was caught sleepwalking in the first quarter Friday night against Rich Central. When South finally awoke, its defense was a nightmare for the visiting Olympians.

South’s leading scorer Myles McCoy came off the bench and finished with a game-high 15 points as the Stars limited Central to just 17 points over the final three quarters, cruising to a 45-30 Southland Conference victory.

South (6-2, 2-0) trailed 13-5 after the first quarter and looked lethargic against the 2-3 zone deployed by Central until a 9-0 run sparked by McCoy tied things at 14-all.

“We weren’t really playing as hard as we could,” McCoy said. “We were real sloppy. We’re going to work on that (Saturday).”

McCoy, who normally starts but said he had to earn his spot back after “getting into it with the coaching staff” on Saturday, started the 9-0 spurt with a runner in the lane and capped it when he found Bryce Lydon for a nasty one-handed baseline jam.

Lydon added eight points, Denzel Kimbrough scored 10 and Jeremy Ruffin added seven points and 10 rebounds for the Stars.

“In the first half, when Central was doing a good job in the half court defensively, we were missing shots and looking lackadaisical on defense,” South coach Scot Ritter said. “When we start making shots, our energy picks up and we play with more passion. Defensive pressure needs to be a mainstay.”

Meanwhile, it’s a youth movement at Rich Central (1-5, 0-2). Coach Bobby Smith started three sophomores and freshman Glen Abram, who led the team in scoring with eight points.

“That was the first time they played together, and the team had to adjust,” Smith said. “As they grow up, we’ll be a much better team in the second half of the season.

“In the games that we lost with seniors, we lost miserably. This was a game we fought to the end and I’m proud of their effort.”

Sophomore Brody Love, the son of Chicago Bulls legend Bob Love, added five points. Senior Arthur Sutton chipped in six points for Central.



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