Archive for Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Turner trips up SMNW boys hoops with 14 3-pointers

February 2, 2016

Shawnee Mission Northwest's boys basketball team returned to action Tuesday after a nine-day layoff, and the Cougars thought that playing a three-win Turner team would be a good tune-up before Sunflower League play resumed on Friday.

The Golden Bears of Turner did not comply, as they drained 14 of their 25 3-pointers to trip up the Cougars, 85-74.

"We really didn't expect that at all. They came out hitting tonight," SM Northwest senior Austin Sanders said of the Golden Bears' long-distance shooting barrage. "Obviously our defense wasn't great. They scored 85 points, but some nights there's just not a lot you can do with that."

Turner was able to get open looks early from the 3-point line after turning the Cougars over in the first four minutes with a full-court press. The Golden Bears went away from the press, though, for the final four minutes of the first quarter, and the Cougars capitalized. After Turner led 12-6 at the 4:09 mark, SM Northwest scored 15 unanswered points over the span of two minutes and 47 seconds – including eight from senior Dylan Dirks.

Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Dylan Dirks looks to feed the post in the Cougars' 85-74 loss to Turner on Tuesday. Dirks led the Cougars with 18 points.

Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Dylan Dirks looks to feed the post in the Cougars' 85-74 loss to Turner on Tuesday. Dirks led the Cougars with 18 points.

Dirks poured in four 3-pointers and senior Ferdinand Handy knocked down three from deep, as the Cougars hit eight of their 21 shots from the perimeter. Dirks and Handy netted 18 and 15 points, respectively.

"I felt good, but they were hitting them just about every possession," Dirks said. "We just couldn't keep up with them."

The Cougars also had two post players in double figures, with Sanders pouring 13 points and Jalen LyDay adding 11. Sanders said that feeding the post was a focal point of the Cougars in practice last week, and they found success with it against Turner despite not getting the victory.

"All week, our game plan was to go inside-out, so we did a lot of post-moves and that helped a lot," Sanders said. "We just couldn't finish it."

Northwest (6-7) will look to get back to the .500 mark against Free State at 7 p.m. Friday at FSHS.

SMNW (74)

Ferdinand Handy 5-10 2-3 15, Jamey Fisher 2-7 0-0 5, Austin Sanders 5-10 4-6 13, Noah Kendall 2-3 0-1 4, Jalen LyDay 5-8 1-1 11, Zach Smith 1-4 2-2 4, Manik Kapoor 2-3 0-1 4, Dylan Dirks 7-14 0-0 18. Totals 29-59 9-14 74.

Turner (85)

Andre Jackson 6-11 5-6 18, Dylan Rinne 6-10 2-2 18, Jordan Martin 1-2 0-0 3, Gerion Thomas 9-17 2-2 22, Fred Poe 3-6 0-1 7, Russell Akis-Reed 5-8 4-4 17. Totals 30-54 13-15 85.

SMNW 23 16 17 18 – 74

Turner 18 21 22 24 – 85

Three-point goals: SMNW 8-21 (Dirks 4, Handy 3, Fisher); Turner 14-25 (Rinne 4, Thomas 4, Akis-Reed 3, Poe, Martin, Jackson). Turnovers: SMNW 17, Turner 11.

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