Weddington boys clamp Robinson, 79-45

Ospenchuk has 16 points, 9 boards in second career start
Dec. 08, 2012 @ 01:05 PM

The Weddington High boys basketball team (2-4) clamped J.M. Robinson (1-2) during a 79-45 victory on Friday.
Weddington’s energy was high from the opening tip – especially on the defensive end.
“Defensively we’ve been pretty good all year,” coach Gary Ellington said. “We’ve played mostly man all year and this was the first game where we just committed ourselves to a zone. Our guys were doing such a good job with it that we just stuck with it.”
Ellington said rebounding has been the Warriors' biggest issue, so he was pleased to see his team outrebound Robinson 45-28.
Junior forward Mason Ospechuk led the team with nine rebounds in his second start of the season. Ospechuk also shared game-high scoring honors with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.
“[Ospechuk] plays with so much energy and that’s the thing we love about Mason,” Ellington said. “He plays so, so hard and he’s never going to be the most athletic or the biggest but he will always play hard.
“The first three games he came off the bench but the first two games he came off the bench and led us in rebounding so we said we needed to tweak the lineup.”
The Warriors were active with contesting shots and passing lanes from the get-go. Junior wing Brandon Watts blocked two jump shots with his lanky wingspan early in the first quarter and helped set the tone for the rest of the defense.
“[Watts] has that Kevin Durant body, he’s super long,” Ellington said. “He times [blocks] perfectly. He’s a special player. … Defensively with his length he contests a lot of shots without having to get too far out and he rebounds great.”
Weddington uses Watts to guard the opposing team’s best wing player.
“The good thing I like about him is he always asks to guard the best player and you want that out of your best defensive player,” Ellington said.
Weddington’s defense allowed just 17 points in the first half and did so with little fouling. Robinson did not get to the free-throw line until 5 minutes and 32 seconds remained in the second quarter.
Weddington tallied 32 trips to the stripe with Robinson visiting 22 times – most of Robinson’s 22 came in the second half with the game out of reach and the Weddington reserves in the game.
Leading 38-17 at halftime, Ospechuk opened the third quarter by converting two offensive rebounds into layups.
The relentless pressure got to the Bulldogs. Following a steal by sophomore guard Jordan Barber, JMR’s Carl Tucker pushed Barber from behind on a fast break – leading to a flagrant foul and ejection.
“The kid was frustrated and you know, it happens,” Ellington said. “He just leveled him and the kid was quite a bit bigger than Jordan so it was a pretty big blow.”
Barber was slow to get up but hit both free throws on way to 16 points. He also had three assists and three steals.
Weddington was able to rest their starters during the fourth quarter while enjoying their cushioned lead.
“Finally, it finally came together [this game],” Ellington said. “If we can get the offense to click then we will be a pretty good team.
“Getting a good, early start was definitely a key, but sharing the ball, [too]. For the season we were only averaging 6.5 assists per game and we more than doubled that tonight with 16. … When you share the ball that way, that energy, that’s what gets [the offense] going.”
Weddington’s 79 points easily eclipsed their season-high of 50 points in a win over Cox Mill.
The Warriors hosts Hickory Ridge on Tuesday.

Friday's late box scores
J.M. Robinson girls 51, Weddington 28


J.M. Robinson (2-1)
Kelsey Mahoney 6 0-0 14, Sydney Bickford 4 0-0 11, Rachel Cook 3 4-4 10, Madison Fulford 4 0-0 8, Ashley Bearden 1 0-0 2, Brittany Dalton 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Young 1 0-0 2, Amya Scott 0 1-2 1, Cassidy Franklin 0 0-0 0, Brittany Valters 0 0-0 0, Destiny Johnson 0 0-0 0.

Weddington (3-3)
Molly Mann 3 3-6 11, Jada Craig 1 6-9 8, Amarianne Mitchell 3 0-0 6, Kelsie Croal 0 2-4 2, Anna Gatignol 0 1-2 1, Lindsey Davis 0 0-0 0, Sarah McKain 0 0-0 0, Jillian Turpin 0 0-0 0.

3 –pointers: JMR 5 (Bickford 3, Mahoney 2). WHS 2 (Mann 2).

JMR^11^9^17^14 — 51
WHS^6^6^8^8 — 28

Weddington boys 79, J.M. Robinson 45

J.M. Robinson (1-2)
Connor Booth 5 5-7 17, William Scott 3 1-2 9, Deonte Moss 3 0-1 6, Cameron Butler 2 0-0 4, Jake Bolen 1 0-0 2, Keyshawn Farris 0 2-2 2, Billy Towlone 0 2-2 2, Hayden Parks 0 1-2 1, Colin Snedegar 0 1-2 1, Carl Tucker 0 1-2 1.

Weddington (2-4)
Jordan Barber 4 7-10 16, Mason Ospechuk 6 3-4 16, Gavin Black 3 2-3 10, Demonta Oates 4 0-0 8, Blake Waud 3 2-3 8, Brandon Watts 1 4-7 6, Alex Plevka 2 1-3 5, Jack Nicastro 1 1-2 4, Casey Webber 2 0-0 4, Chris Trevisan 1 0-0 2, Aaron Cyzprna 0 0-0 0, Jordan Sharpe 0 0-0 0, Xavier Twitty 0 0-0 0.

3-pointers: JMR 4 (Booth 2, Scott 2). WHS 5 (Black 2, Barber 1, Nicastro 1, Ospechuk 1).

JMR^10^7^12^16 — 45
WHS^19^19^22^19 — 79