BY ADAM GREENE
After a tight one-point victory in the opening game of a double-header Thursday at Jerome Woolsey Gymnasium, the North Greene boys basketball team cruised to a 72-28 victory over Cedar View Christian school.
Earlier in the day, the Huskies (3-0) had to hold on for a 42-41 win over KACHEA.
"We're still learning what we're trying to do," North Greene coach Brandon Broyles said. "Everything's a learning experience. We're trying to get everybody on the same page. KACHEA is a very good basketball game. It was a one-point game last year."
After playing down the wire just two hours before, scoring 12 points against KACHEA, senior forward Garrett Harbin wanted no part of another gut-it-out victory. Harbin scored 18 points and helped the Huskies storm out to a 25-7 lead over the Seahawks in the first quarter.
"We weren't going to let it be another close one," Harbin said. "We were going to get out and have a good start so some of the younger guys could get out there too."
Tyler Bailey also made his presence known in both games, scoring 13 against the Wildcats and eight against Cedar View.
"I give my kids credit," Broyles said. "We're working hard and we're battling. Two games in one day is a little difficult. Maybe I did leave them in a little long there (in game two), but I was trying to get everything ironed out so hopefully we can make a run."
Broyles might have played his starters longer than he expected to, but he still got a great performance out of his reserves. Center Brett Pollock scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the game's only double-double. Zane Britton scored eight points, and may have cost himself more by passing the ball away when he had open looks.
"I got on Zane a little at the end," Broyles said. "He's attacking and then looking to pass it. I said, 'Son, if you work that hard to get the hole, score it.' I was pleased with our young kids. They're coming a long way to where we need them to be. They've got a lot of experience here early. We're a very young basketball team. We only have two seniors and Harbin is the only one playing. "
Harbin was also impressed with Britton's play late in the game.
"Zane came in and did a good job," Harbin said. "He could probably fill a position now."
For now, the starters should be set with Tanner Collins, Brett Bolton, Hayden Mullins, Bailey and Harbin. Bolton scored 10 points against Cedar View. Collins had six.
North Greene never slowed down in the first half, going into halftime with a 41-16 lead. The reserves continued to pressure the Seahawks in the second half, continually forcing turnovers and holding their scorers to just 12 points the rest of the way.
"We set the tone early," Broyles said. "We had a lot of energy. We shot the ball real well in the second game and way better than we did in the first game. We're going to be fine. The kids set the tempo and that was the difference between the two games."