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January 24, 2014

Execution propels Buffaloes past Trojans

DANVILLE — The Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes have been taking care of the basketball and getting better ball movement.

On Thursday night at the David S. Palmer Arena, that improved play was rewarded with a 48-44 victory over the Armstrong-Potomac Trojans in the Vermilion County Tournament.

“I wish we could finish a little better around the hoop, but all in all, we haven’t been turning ball over in the last few games,’’ said Georgetown-Ridge Farm coach Adam Latos, whose team has committed just 21 turnovers in their three County Tournament games. “The last couple of games, we have been moving the basketball.

“I watched the tape from the Salt Fork game this morning,’’ added Latos, who missed that game with an illness. “The ball movement has been a lot better. We are also coming off of screens a lot better.’’

The offensive execution of the Buffaloes (5-15) was a key reason that they never trailed in the contest with the Trojans.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm’s trio of junior Dylan Bina, junior Rylee Goodwin and senior Tyson Reed combined for 38 points and 10 assists in the contest, they were also 13-of-27 from the field.

“We definitely had a lot of chemistry in the this game, and it showed because we got the win,’’ said Reed, who had 12 points and four assists. “That was the best part of our game tonight.

“We always look to get our teammates open and knock down the shots when we have them.’’

And when those three have been going good, so have the Buffaloes.

“We have been very competitive, when we’ve had a good balance scoring between those three,’’ Latos said. “No one is going to put up 20 points, but we know we have three guys capable of scoring in double digits every night.’’

But according to Latos, the difference for Georgetown-Ridge Farm was on the defensive end. Armstrong-Potomac had eight second-chance points in the first half, but the Trojans had only one offensive rebound in the final 16 minutes.

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