Monday, January 5, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan Rings in the New Year by Hammering Brevard

Kentucky Wesleyan 98
Brevard 53

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

When Kentucky Wesleyan turned up the defensive heat, Brevard got out of the Sportscenter kitchen on Wednesday afternoon.

Fueled by suffocating defense from the mid-point of the first half on, the hot-shooting Panthers streaked to their seventh consecutive victory with a 98-53 blowout of the Tornados — closing out 2014 with a perfect 7-0 record in December, and very much looking forward to what's in store for the new year.

"We're getting there," KWC second-year coach Happy Osborne said. "It's a good win, it's a great way to close out the year, and now we have to become focused on and committed to becoming a better basketball team in 2015.

"We're playing well right now, but we can still get better in every phase of the game over the next couple of months — offensively, defensively and rebounding the basketball.

"The idea is to get better every day we have an opportunity to."

Wesleyan (11-3) certainly got better as the game went along on Wednesday, after falling behind 8-2 in the opening minutes.

"I thought we were a little rusty early," said Osborne, whose team had not played since posting a 95-78 win at Quincy on Dec. 21. "Once we picked it up defensively, I thought that led to energy and execution at both ends of the floor.

"We had a lot of players contribute — balance and depth are definitely strengths for this team."

The Panthers had a hand in 12 Brevard turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, and — fueled by Marcus Fillyaw's six first-half assists — led 37-26 by intermission.

KWC dominated the second half, making eight of its first 12 floor shots to take all the spin out of the Tornados, who were limited to 37 percent shooting for the game. Brevard also turned the ball over 21 times.

"We've got nine new guys, and it's really encouraging to see these guy becoming more and more comfortable on the court," Osborne said. "We played a really good second half, and we've just got to keep that kind of consistency for the full 40 minutes.

"When we play defense, we can win every game."

Wesleyan's balanced attack — which featured nine players with fove or more points — was led by Ken-Jah Bosley's game-best 22 points and Fillyaw's game-best 10 assists. C.J. Blackwell scored 16 points and Hikeem Stewart added 15.

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