Varsity Basketball

East boys beat Southeast

East High beats Southeast 83-66 Friday night at Southeast High. (Feb. 11, 2011)
East High beats Southeast 83-66 Friday night at Southeast High. (Feb. 11, 2011) The Wichita Eagle

A bystander might have misunderstood East boys coach Ron Allen’s intensity following Friday’s 83-66 victory at Southeast. He pushed open the door of the locker room and immediately started talking in a forceful tone.

Allen was far from upset.

“That’s what we’re capable of,” he said. “That’s what we’re capable of.

“Tonight you actually saw it. We’re capable of playing good defense, executing offensively, taking care of the ball, getting on the boards, playing nearly a complete game with not that big of a drop-off in the four quarters.”

The stats back up Allen’s comments.

East shot 33 of 67 from the field, 16 of 17 from the free-throw line. The Aces outrebounded Southeast 41-31, including 19 offensive rebounds. They committed three turnovers in the first three periods and forced 14 overall.

East junior Nathan Jackson scored a game-high 24 points, hitting 10 of 15 shots and scoring 13 points in the final period. Jalen Love scored nine of his 18 points in the first quarter and hit 8 of 9 free throws. Ja’ln Williams had 15 points, Ronnie McFann had 10 points and seven rebounds.

But the most important statistic was 22. That’s how many field goals East (11-4, 9-2) made in the lane.

“Really, we were just trying to be aggressive the whole night,” Love said. “Coach said, ‘be aggressive, crash the boards.’ ”

“We were relentless, just attacking them,” Jackson said. “And we finally got someone to play man (defense) against us. Everybody keeps playing zone defense, so when we get our chance (to play against a man defense), we’re going to take it to them.”

Southeast coach Carl Taylor’s halftime speech included a plea to defend East inside.

“Cover the middle,” Taylor said he told the Buffaloes. “. . . They were attacking us, taking it to the basket.”

As for rebounding, a stat Taylor pointed to was Southeast guard Reggie Williams’ seven rebounds.

“Anytime your guards outrebound your big boys, something’s not right,” Taylor said.

Southeast’s trio of inside players are Kevin Gunter (one rebound), Hayden Harris (six) and Gavin Thurman (three.) Thurman finished with 17 points, while Harris had 18.

The game was close early, with Southeast taking a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Southeast guard Reggie Williams scored eight of his 13 points in the period.

But five seconds into the second quarter, Williams got a steal and McFann scored on the fastbreak. After another Southeast turnover, East’s Justin Johnson scored on a putback.

Southeast committed a third straight turnover — McFann got the steal — and DeShawn Terrell scored inside off the assist by Williams.

As well as East played, though, Allen believes they can play better.

“I think we can execute better in the half-court,” he said. “We did OK in transitions . . . but we’re capable of playing like this every night.”

East (9-2, 10-4) 15 28 21 19—83

Southeast (5-7, 7-8) 16 18 13 19—66

EAST: Jackson 10 4-4 24, McFann 5 0-0 10, Williams 5 4-4 15, Love 5 8-9 18, Graham 1 0-0 2, Dennis 3 0-0 6, Johnson 2 0-1 4, Terrell 2 0-1 4. Totals 33 (1) 16-19 83.

SOUTHEAST: Gunter 0 0-0 0, Harris 6 6-7 18, Thurman 7 3-4 17, Brooks 2 0-1 4, Williams 5 3-3 13, Ransom 2 1-2 6, Loggins 1 0-0 2, Garland 3 0-0 6. Totals 26 (1) 13-17 66 .

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