The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 24, 2014

Execution propels Buffaloes past Trojans

The Commercial-News

---- — 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.

“In the second half, we did a better job on the glass and that’s what won us the game,’’ Latos said.

Armstrong-Potomac (3-15) still shot a very respectable 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the field, but the Trojans missed all three of their free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

“Those are kid that can know those down, I have complete confidence in them,’’ said Armstrong-Potomac coach Sean O’Brien. “Georgetown executed, they rebound and got the loose balls better than we did.

“I was still proud of the way our kids played, they were resilient and that’s good to see.’’

With the victory, Georgetown-Ridge Farm will advance to Saturday’s fifth-place game against the Oakwood Comets; while Armstrong-Potomac has been eliminated from the tournament.

“It’s definitely a pride factor,’’ Reed said. “We don’t want to be the only team not playing on the final day of the County Tournament.

“It’s also good motivation for the team. It shows that we are capable of winning games and it’s definitely better than a loss.’’

Latos said at this point in the season, any win is important.

Dentler Loschen scored a game-high 17 points, while Austin Rademacher had 15 points and a team-high four assists for the Trojans.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm was led by Goodwin with 15, while Reed had 12 and Bina chipped in with 11.

Goodwin and Bina also led the Buffaloes with seven rebounds each.