Springdale young boys basketball coach Aaron Epps was anticipating his group to be careless Friday night as it opened its season with a nonsection match versus Northgate at Donald C. McGhee Fieldhouse.

So, when the Dynamos only scored nine points in the very first quarter, compared to Northgate’s six, Epps wasn’t amazed.

” A lot of these kids, they didn’t play in a fall league, summer season league. They didn’t play AAU, a lot of them, so it was really our very first game as a complete group because our loss to Winchester Thurston last year,” Epps stated. “It was great simply to go out there and get the rust off.”

The Dynamos started to look far more like themselves in the second quarter. Sophomore Chris Mitchell stepped up on defense and brought a different level of strength that allowed Springdale to restrict Northgate to just 3 points, all in the final seconds of the quarter. They likewise discovered rhythm on offense and developed a 12-point lead at halftime prior to travelling to a 48-24 success.

” I thought Chris Mitchell’s ball pressure, I believed it kind of changed the game, his energy,” Epps stated. “He started picking everyone else up, and it was sort of the turning point of the video game.”

Gov. Tom Wolf paused high school sports in mid-December, and high school winter sports teams went back to practice Monday.

” We simply enjoyed to get out there, to be honest, and I think there were a lot of nerves today,” Epps stated. “We wanted to get that first one out of the way, and it’s excellent that we’re playing. The kids are delighted. I knew that we ‘d be a little rusty, but I mored than happy with our defense. I believed our defense was actually great tonight. The offense will come, however our defense was great.”

Springdale warmed up in the 3rd quarter with 22 points. Demitri Fritch scored eight of his 15 points in the quarter, and the Dynamos started to rebound and get into their transition video game. In addition to Fritch, each gamer that scored Friday broke in throughout the third quarter. Logan Dexter scored three, Mitchell 2, Ryan Reinsfelder among his 2 3-pointers, Ben Myford seven and Logan Reddinger 2.

The Dynamos were firing on all cylinders, which Epps likes to see.

” We didn’t rebound in the very first half, and you can’t run if you do not rebound,” Epps stated. “So we began rebounding the ball and started running the floor hard, and it opened everything else for us. We are far better when we are getting up and down the court.”

Together with Fritch, Myford scored in double-digits at 16 points.

Northgate’s Josh Dugan scored a team-high 10 points.

Greg Macafee is a Tribune-Review personnel author. You can call Greg by e-mail at [email protected] or via Twitter.