Boys Basketball: Rich Central falls, but not intimidated by Orr
By Patrick Z. McGavin For Sun-Times Media February 1, 2014 9:22PM
Rich Central Marcus Smith runs under a Orr's defender. Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times media.
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:54PM
Tyquone Greer is the kind of complementary player who normally defers to 6-8 Marlon Jones, the most consistent player for Orr.
With Jones out after aggravating a right foot injury in yesterday’s conference victory over Marshall, Greer happily ascended to a more prominent role.
The 6-7 Orr senior forward posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds as the host No. 7 Spartans showcased their depth in outlasting Rich Central 53-40 in the Orr Shootout on Saturday.
“With Marlon out, I knew I had to be more aggressive and I definitely wanted to get more rebounds and just be a physical presence out there,” Greer said. The senior also helped the Spartans (17-2) break free of a lethargic start.
Orr appeared to have the game in cruise control mode when senior guard Lou Adams Jr. recorded a steal and finished with a thunderous dunk in traffic for a three-point play. Instead, Orr went into an offensive funk and failed to score from the field the rest of the quarter.
With his team down 11-8 to start the second quarter, Greer corrected matters by converting an offensive rebound and draining a three-pointer from the left baseline that sparked a 12-2 Orr flourish. Greer also hit a three-pointer in the first quarter. “Those came in the flow of the offense, and they were giving them to me, and I just took them,” he said.
Behind the excellent play of senior sharpshooter Will Berry, an athletic left-hander, Rich Central (5-14) refused to be intimidated by the Spartans. Berry drained three three-pointers and scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the first half.
Rich Central was undone by the Spartans’ size and depth. Even without Jones, the Spartans dominated the offensive glass and wore down the smaller Olympians with their bulk and size. Sire Carroll, the 6-6 former Farragut transfer, was the recepient of some excellent interior passes from Orr’s guards he converted into repeated layups. Carroll scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for the Spartans. He added seven rebounds.
Ultimately, Orr goes the way of Adams Jr., the son of the Orr coach Lou Adams Jr. “We started out slow,” Adams Jr. said. “We were missing a couple of pieces out there, but we picked it up defensively,” he said. He equalled Carroll by scoring 15 points for team-high honors.
Adams Jr. also took on the task of slowing down Berry. “Our coaches said he was their best player, their top shooter, and I always take the other team’s top player,” he said. “In the first half, we had another player on him, a junior, and he shot over him, but I started to stick him and he didn’t do as much scoring in the second half.”
Orr coach Lou Adams Sr. continuously has praised his team’s depth. Orr proved his point in the third quarter. Adams Jr. scored five quick points on a three-pointer and a drive and reserve guard Keith Bynum drilled another three-pointer from the right wing as Orr built its lead to 11 points.
Adams Jr. also contributed five rebounds, four steals and two spectacular blocked shots.
Rich Central hung around. Talented freshman guard Glenn Abram scored eight points to back up Berry and John Daniels added seven points.
Adams Jr. added another three-pointer and Carroll scored six points in the fourth quarter.