Newberry Men’s Basketball goes to (5-0) with help from James Stepp(Ragsdale HS)

Posted by Press Release on November 24, 2014 at 10:18 am under College | Comments are off for this article

*****Freshman James Stepp (Greensboro, NC), who can really shoot the ball was 5-8 from the 3-point line and had 15 points and five rebounds.*****

from the Newberry Wolves web site:

It was our first home game of the season and the guys got ready to play and put together a 40 minute effort of basketball on both ends of the floor. Brevard had scored 56 points in the 2nd half of their last game and are a very dangerous offensive team. The JUNK YARD DOG MENTALITY of the Newberry Wolves basketball team limited them to 37% shooting from the field and forced 23 turnovers. We took a 19 lead at halftime and stretched it to as many as 31 and won 101-72.

Our offensive production was impressive as we made 17 3-point shots on 36 attempts and took great shots all night long. Junior Mitch Riggs (Australia) had 21 points on only 10 FG attempts and senior Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn-Hillcrest) had 17 points on only 11 attempts to go along with three assists and has begun looking like himself after recovering from a foot injury. Freshman James Stepp (Greensboro, NC), who can really shoot the ball was 5-8 from the 3-point line and had 15 points and five rebounds.

Senior Demarkus Smith (Johnston-Strom Thurmond) scored 13 points on 4-5 shooting and a perfect 4-4 from the FT line. Sophomore Matt Spears had three assists and continues to impress with his defensive pressure. The performance of the night may have been 5’4” point guard Gerald Evans (Englewood, CA), the only player of 13 who played that did not score in the game. Evans had 8 rebounds, five assists and four steals and dominated without scoring.

Our players are caught up in only the winning statistic and it is amazing how success can happen when no one cares who gets the credit. Junior James Ashby (New Zealand) had six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. We had 24 assists on 34 baskets, an impressive statistic for a team who prides itself on driving the basketball. The unselfishness of this group is incredibly impressive.

Next up is Catawba on Tuesday, who is coached by our former assistant Rob Perron. His team has won two games early and had an impressive win at Mars Hill yesterday. Newberry men are 5-0 and the women are 4-0 and both teams had great fan support from the community and the students in our only home game thus far.

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