An athletic and offensively balanced Southern Nash boys basketball team proved to be too much for Corinth Holders to handle Tuesday night as the Firebirds upended the Pirates, 56-39.
Marquise Wright led the visitors with 15 points and Bryan Vines had 12, while Emmanual Merriweather and Aaron Newkirk each posted seven points as Southern Nash methodically wore down their hosts.
A Khalil Bryant 3-pointer and four early points from Stephen Adams kept Corinth Holders in the game after one quarter.
The Firebirds used a 15-4 run fueled by uncharacteristic Pirate turnovers in the second quarter, however, to stretch their lead.
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Down double digits, Corinth Holders (0-2) attempted to claw back into the game from the perimeter but missed its final 10 attempts from behind the arc after Bryant’s initial bucket in the first minute of the game.
“Right now, we’re not hitting anything consistently from the outside,” said Pirates coach Chris Davis. “We’ve got some shooters out there but they’re just not knocking them down and we’re not moving the ball well enough to get good enough looks.”
The Pirates used a more direct approach in the second half as they attacked the basket and began earning trips to the foul line to try to chip away at the lead, but two big Merriweather 3-pointers helped to put the game out of reach.
Corinth Holders received solid performances from off of the bench. Adams led the team with 12 points while Matt Johnson and Matt Minga each added seven points.
With players from last year’s jayvee team joining returning varsity players – not to mention members of the football squad just recently joining the rest of the team – the Pirates are in the process of forming their identity.
Davis feels this year’s hard-working group will hit their stride in due time.
“They’re just getting together and there’s not a whole lot of chemistry at this moment,” Davis said. “I think it’s going to take more of them playing together and I don’t mean that metaphorically, I mean them actually playing together, logging minutes on the court with each other.”