River runs record to 6-0

Published 1:21 pm Friday, December 24, 2010

Rebound: Nansemond River’s Jemal Cannon comes down with a rebound during Wednesday’s 71-59 NR win over visiting Lake Taylor. The Warriors improve to 6-0 on the season.

Ashton Moore’s barrage of four three-pointers in less than 90 seconds of action propelled Nansemond River’s boys basketball squad to a 71-59 win over Lake Taylor and a 6-0 record Wednesday night at Nansemond River.

Moore tallied 28 points in all and his red-hot display came in the closing two minutes of the third quarter. His 12 points keyed changing a 37-36 Lake Taylor lead into a 53-40 Warrior advantage with a period to play.

If Lake Taylor had kept scoring with the ease it put the ball in the bucket in the opening minutes of Wednesday’s contest though, the Warriors would’ve needed even more long-range shooting by Moore.

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“We came out flat. Our defense and our intensity, that’s really where we picked it up and what made the difference,” said Michael Copeland, NR’s 6-foot-1 starting power forward.

Copeland battled bigger Titans in the lane all night to finish with 10 points and six rebounds.

“(Lake Taylor) came out and played pretty physical. We had to pick up our intensity. We had to have a presence inside so we just went in there and battled,” Copeland said.

The Titans jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 3:10 and kept going to make 7-of-12 shots in the first quarter to hold an 18-11 lead.

The Warriors answered with a 13-0 run in the first 4:46 of the second quarter. The run started with Shannon Evans hitting a triple and was highlighted by John Joyce’s steal at midcourt and breakaway one-handed jam. It was a full team effort though, even on the scoreboard, as NR’s six field goals in the run came from six different players.

Copeland scored from the low block and hit a foul-line jumper for the last four points of the half and a 32-26 NR edge at the break.

The Warriors and Titans went back and forth for most of the third period until Moore took over from beyond the arc.

He connected on back-to-back trips to put NR up 44-37. After the Titans missed two at the line, he pulled up off the dribble and hit from a stride behind the line.

Moore’s fourth trey came with 0:19 to go and counting and after a Warrior steal Kyle Moore made a three in the closing couple seconds to make it 53-40 NR.

The Warriors led by at least seven throughout the fourth quarter. With the Titans within 56-49, Copeland drove into the lane and made a fallaway jumper. Dontrell Brite’s steal and assist for an Ashton Moore lay-up put NR up 11 and forced a Titan timeout with 4:22 to go.

“We’re playing some pretty good defense right now. I’m pleased with our effort,” said NR head coach Ed Young.

Nansemond River beat visiting district foe Indian River 61-33 Tuesday.

The Warriors had a 7-2 blocked shot advantage over the Titans and a 38-28 rebounding margin. Joyce finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. The Warriors lost only eight turnovers.

The Warriors (6-0) travel to Clarksburg, W.V. after Christmas for a two-day tournament. NR faces Clarksburg’s Byrd High School on Dec. 29.