Turner over Ward in boys hoops contest

Turner junior Reneaux Jackson (1) and Ward senior Andre Bush (30) tipped off the contest at center court. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Turner boys basketball head coach Sean Reilly added a backcourt press in practice this week. It paid off in a big way, dominating the Bishop Ward Cyclones and powering an 81-34 victory at home on Friday night.

Ward started the game well, posting a 6-1 advantage in the first two minutes of action. Once the Golden Bears lined up the press, the momentum immediately turned in their favor, and the game became a rout.

Unable to break the press, or to set up their offense when they got past midcourt, the Cyclones put up only seven points in the remainder of the first half.

The Bears, feeding off the steals from the press, made easy, open baskets in transition. Russell Reed and Jaylin Richardson combined for six three-pointers in the first half, while Fred Poe got to the rim for four baskets. Turner held a 46-13 lead at halftime.

With the game well in hand, Turner backed off the defensive pressure in the second half, but continued to use their height and speed to maintain control.

Five Golden Bears reached double digits in scoring, led by Reed with 18 points. Richardson, Donald Rollen and Davion Scott each added 12, while Poe scored 11.

Ward was led by freshman Ja’Ron Byrd with 11 points.

Turner now holds a 3-3 record (2-1 in the Kaw Valley League). They play Basehor-Linwood at home on Friday, Jan. 12. Ward is still looking for its first win of the season, 0-4 in the league and 0-7 overall. They play at Piper on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Turner senior Fred Poe (33) took a scoop shot at the basket. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner senior Donald Rollen (12) secured an offensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner sophomore Jaylin Richardson (32) lined up a successful 3-pointer from the left corner. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner junior Ty Gilmore (22) looked up for a reverse layup. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Ward junior Jordan Dominguez-Jones (33) tried to split two Turner defenders to get to the rim. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Ward freshman Ja’Ron Byrd (40) took a short range jump shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Turner senior Russell Reed (24) went for the block against Ward junior Clarence Johnson IV (4). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Turner Goldenettes dance team performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Russell Reed drove the ball past Ward freshman Isaiah Rosales (32). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
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