Boys Basketball: Simeon steamrolls Shepard
By Pat Disabato email@example.com March 4, 2014 7:46PM
Updated: March 4, 2014 10:44PM
Simeon started fast and never slowed down Tuesday night during a convincing 80-40 victory over host Shepard in a Class 4A semifinal.
The Wolverines (21-4) advance to play either Stagg or Richards.
“We had to get some momentum going early,” Simeon coach Robert Smith said. “Try to get them down. It’s the state playoffs, anything can happen.”
Simeon, the four-time defending Class 4A state champ, meant business against the Astros (11-17) from the opening tip, roaring to a 9-0 lead less than three minutes in.
By the time the opening quarter ended, Donte Ingram buried two three-pointers to stake the third-seeded Wolverines to an 18-6 advantage.
Simeon used a 17-4 spurt to start the second quarter, with Zachary Norvell scoring seven points and Ben Coupet adding six, to extend its lead to 35-10.
Michael Ivey came off the bench to nail a three from the corner as the Wolverines headed to the locker room ahead 42-15.
In a testament to its depth and skill, 10 different players scored for Simeon in the opening 16 minutes.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t come out aggressive like we wanted to,” Shepard coach Tony Chiuccariello said. “I felt we were a little timid going to the basket. Defensively, we didn’t do a good job of boxing out. They have a lot of size, speed and athleticism.”
The Wolverines shot the ball extremely well, converting 33-of-54 field-goal attempts. Norvell led the way, posting 17 points, while Joshua Thomas and Dennis Williams each added 13.
Smith is confident his young team, with only one senior starting and three on the roster, is beginning to jell at the right time and has the potential to nail down the program’s fifth consecutive 4A state title.
“I feel like we’re playing real good,” he said. “We lost some games early that we shouldn’t have lost. We’re flying a little under the radar and maybe we can sneak right in.”