Purvis win streak snapped by Stone in 70-51 loss

By ANDREW ABADIE,

PURVIS – A dominant second-half performance by Stone ended Purvis’ seven-game win streak in a 70-51 loss on Friday night. 

 

Despite leading at halftime, the Tomcats' high tempo offense proved to be too much for the Tornados. 

 

Purvis (18-4, 4-2) opened the game with a 12-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and held as much as an eight-point lead in the second.

 

“I thought in the first half we came out poised, we were focused, we played with a lot of energy,” Purvis head coach Eric Cooper said. “We had been building up for this game. We came out there just wanting to play tonight. I was really impressed with how we started the game.” 

 

However, late in the second half Stone (14-9, 5-2) began to find momentum and cut Purvis’ lead down to two points at 25-23. 

 

“At halftime, we were telling the guys to stay focused,” Cooper said. “We felt that they started finding their groove there at the end of the second quarter. We were really fortunate to actually be in the position that we were in at halftime, to be honest. We just told the guys that we have to keep fighting. If we are up or down, we had to keep fighting.” 

 

Stone was able to speed up its’ tempo after Purvis gave up several turnovers in the third quarter. This allowed the Tomcats to take over the game through the fast break and go on a 14-3 run in the third quarter and take a 46-32 lead. 

 

“They just truly had found their rhythm,” Cooper said. “Once you make one shot, a lot of times that’s all it takes to get that rhythm. With the speed and athleticism they have got, it’s really hard to simulate that in practice. That’s really what it was. They didn’t do anything different. We knew they were going to try and turn us up, speed us up and get us out of our rhythm. Once they did that they found their rhythm. 

 

“We made a couple of unforced errors that we didn’t need to make, and those unforced errors led to that little run in the third quarter. From there it just exploded.” 

 

While the Tomcats’ offense took control of the momentum, the Purvis offense never was able to regather its own success. Purvis scored just eight points in the third quarter and experienced an offensive drought. Stone capped off its third quarter performance with a 24-point fourth quarter.

 

“You just have to weather the storm,” Cooper said. “You just have to find a run buster. Find a shot, find a play that’s going to stop the run. Unfortunately tonight we just couldn’t find it or put enough in a row to get a good stop.” 

 

In spite of the loss, Cooper was still happy with his team’s performance as the Tornados had three players reach double-digits. Montero Ray led Purvis with a team-high of 16 points, Trell Camp totaled 13 points and Bryson Rowell scored 12 points. 

 

“I was truly happy with all of the players,” Cooper said. “I thought Bryson Rowell stepped up and made some several good plays up and down the court with the basketball tonight. Montero Ray and Trell Camp, I thought brought a presence tonight on the inside.”

 

Purvis will travel to Greene County on Tuesday with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.

 

“We are sitting right now at 4-2 which we are still in a good spot,” Cooper said. “It’s a good spot going into district. We are not giving up on a second-place finish but we [told] the guys that we can still finish in the top three. We just have to go out and play.” 

 

 

Stone 

 

 

Stone (14-9, 5-2) – Cadynce Johson 0 0-0 0, Jsaiah Brown 10 1-2 24, A.J. Petty 3 0 0-3, Cortez Dennis 6 0-0 14, Javun Johnson 3 1-1 7, Caleb Armstrong 0 3-4 3, Zion Thomas 1 3-3 5, Tayshaun McDonald 1 0-2 1. Field Goals: 24, Free Throws 8-12, Total Points: 70.

 

Purvis (18-4, 4-2) – Tyler Garrison 0 0-1 0, Bryson Rowell 5 2-3 12, Ashton Westmoreland 2 4-4 9, Logan Thornton 0 0-0 0, Trell Camp 6 1-3 12, Gabe Young 0 0-2 0, Montero Ray 7 2-3 16, Tyler Hill 0 1-2 0. Field Goals: 20, Free Throw 10-18, Total Points: 51

 

Stone               7          17        22        24       –          70

Purvis              12        13        7          19        –          51

PURVIS – A dominant second-half performance by Stone ended Purvis’ seven-game win streak in a 70-51 loss on Friday night.

Despite leading at halftime, the Tomcats' high tempo offense proved to be too much for the Tornados.

Purvis (18-4, 4-2) opened the game with a 12-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and held as much as an eight-point lead in the second.

“I thought in the first half we came out poised, we were focused, we played with a lot of energy,” Purvis head coach Eric Cooper said. “We had been building up for this game. We came out there just wanting to play tonight. I was really impressed with how we started the game.”

However, late in the second half Stone (14-9, 5-2) began to find momentum and cut Purvis’ lead down to two points at 25-23.

“At halftime, we were telling the guys to stay focused,” Cooper said. “We felt that they started finding their groove there at the end of the second quarter. We were really fortunate to actually be in the position that we were in at halftime, to be honest. We just told the guys that we have to keep fighting. If we are up or down, we had to keep fighting.”

Stone was able to speed up its’ tempo after Purvis gave up several turnovers in the third quarter. This allowed the Tomcats to take over the game through the fast break and go on a 14-3 run in the third quarter and take a 46-32 lead.

“They just truly had found their rhythm,” Cooper said. “Once you make one shot, a lot of times that’s all it takes to get that rhythm. With the speed and athleticism they have got, it’s really hard to simulate that in practice. That’s really what it was. They didn’t do anything different. We knew they were going to try and turn us up, speed us up and get us out of our rhythm. Once they did that they found their rhythm.

“We made a couple of unforced errors that we didn’t need to make, and those unforced errors led to that little run in the third quarter. From there it just exploded.”

While the Tomcats’ offense took control of the momentum, the Purvis offense never was able to regather its own success. Purvis scored just eight points in the third quarter and experienced an offensive drought. Stone capped off its third quarter performance with a 24-point fourth quarter.

“You just have to weather the storm,” Cooper said. “You just have to find a run buster. Find a shot, find a play that’s going to stop the run. Unfortunately tonight we just couldn’t find it or put enough in a row to get a good stop.”

In spite of the loss, Cooper was still happy with his team’s performance as the Tornados had three players reach double-digits. Montero Ray led Purvis with a team-high of 16 points, Trell Camp totaled 13 points and Bryson Rowell scored 12 points.

“I was truly happy with all of the players,” Cooper said. “I thought Bryson Rowell stepped up and made some several good plays up and down the court with the basketball tonight. Montero Ray and Trell Camp, I thought brought a presence tonight on the inside.”

Purvis will travel to Greene County on Tuesday with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.

“We are sitting right now at 4-2 which we are still in a good spot,” Cooper said. “It’s a good spot going into district. We are not giving up on a second-place finish but we [told] the guys that we can still finish in the top three. We just have to go out and play.”

 

Stone (14-9, 5-2) – Cadynce Johson 0 0-0 0, Jsaiah Brown 10 1-2 24, A.J. Petty 3 0 0-3, Cortez Dennis 6 0-0 14, Javun Johnson 3 1-1 7, Caleb Armstrong 0 3-4 3, Zion Thomas 1 3-3 5, Tayshaun McDonald 1 0-2 1. Field Goals: 24, Free Throws 8-12, Total Points: 70.

Purvis (18-4, 4-2) – Tyler Garrison 0 0-1 0, Bryson Rowell 5 2-3 12, Ashton Westmoreland 2 4-4 9, Logan Thornton 0 0-0 0, Trell Camp 6 1-3 12, Gabe Young 0 0-2 0, Montero Ray 7 2-3 16, Tyler Hill 0 1-2 0. Field Goals: 20, Free Throw 10-18, Total Points: 51

Stone   7 17 22 24  – 70

Purvis  12 13  7 19  – 51