Lions fail to recover after poor 2nd qtr.
Easton capitalizes on QA’S mistakes to capture division game going away
Easton 78 Queen Anne’s 66
Lamont Powell scored
25 points, and the Easton High boys’ basketball team picked up a key division win, 78-66, Tuesday at Queen Anne’s County.
Warriors are now 3-1 overall, 2-0 North Bayside, while the Lions fell to 2-2, 2-1.
Marquii Thompson added
16 and Jaedon Copper 15 for Easton, which led 43-30 at the break.
“We have a good 1-2-3 with those three, anybody can go off any night,” Warriors head coach Dionte Hynson said via a telephone interview Tuesday night.
Alek Riedel, Nyzhier Youmens and Dietrich Johnson paced the Warriors’ defensive effort, which Hynson
noted as the main reason for the team’s success at the quarter-mark of the season.
“Defensively, it’s our bread and butter, and we still got to get better at that,” Hynson said. “We played good defense, we could have played better. Queen Anne’s, they were making their shots, finishing around the rim.
“We got to go 2-0 everyday: win in the classroom and then the practice or game” Hynson added. “We play a good, solid game on defense, everything will work itself out.”
Jordan Dozier led the Lions
with 17 points, while Devrin Turner added 16.
“Honestly, we have a lot of room for improvement,” Lions’ first-year head coach Jeff Hollis said via a telephone interview. “They are still learning my system, getting things in, but I think we’ll be right there at the North Bayside by the end of the year.”
Easton led only 22-18 after one period, but Queen Anne’s unraveled thereafter, foul trouble and poor decisions allowing the Warriors to forge the doubledigit, halftime margin.
“We got into some foul trouble,” Hollis said. “They were silly fouls, trying to block shots, reaching. They made their free throws and there were blown assignments.
We should be able to correct these things, but it didn’t work out great for us tonight.”
Easton held Nick Dunkerly to a season-low six points, key in limiting the Lions’ attack. Thomas Murray and Charles Kay were also kept in check offensively.
“They did a great job defending him,” Hollis said of Dunkerly. “They were switching, throwing multiple defenders at him; he was really frustrated after the first half when he wasn’t getting the touches. These are things I have to work on with him, how to get open, and we plan on working on that over the break.