Coach: Mr. Justin Penley
Nov 20, 2015 at 9:50 PM
The University High basketball team faced a tall challenge Friday night with 6-foot-9 center Nathan Hastings on the floor for Berean Christian.
While Hastings was a force early on, the Bucs used a combination of team defense and gritty play to come away with a 52-46 victory at Brooks Gym.
David Gantz sliced and diced his way through the Berean defense for a game-high 25 points and the Bucs' own defense held the Eagles scoreless over the game's final three minutes.
"I knew we had clamped down on them, but I didn't realize we had held them scoreless those last three minutes," University High coach Justin Penley said. "David Gantz, he provided a spark for us and played exceptionally well on offense. That was obviously a great game from him."
Gantz scored five of the game's first eight points and he frequently provided a response when the Eagles cut the lead down to a single possession.
Gantz said the key wasn't his play individually, but how the Bucs (2-0) came together as a team.
"We had a lot of guys play well tonight," Gantz said. "It was just an effort win for the whole team. We were able to make some shots and I'm going to toss it up to the guys. Berean played really hard, really good defense on us, but we just kept on trying to keep running our plays to get open shots."
The Bucs hit enough of those open shots to lead 32-25 at the half and 42-34 heading into the final period.
Point guard Dayshawn Hamilton finished with 18 points and Preston Ongtengco had five points, eight rebounds and seven steals. But, their head coach liked how the Bucs were able to hold off the Eagles in the fourth quarter when both of those guards were on the bench with foul trouble.
"I feel like it was a good win with Dayshawn and Preston, two guys we count on, missing a lot of time in the second half," Penley said. "We were able to hold on and win. Cooper (Mueller) did some nice thiings for us defensively and we got some nice contributions from several guys. Everybody we had healthy and dressed tonight, got in the game and contributed to our cause. You hear coaches talk about team wins, but it's really nice to see it from a coaching perspective when everyone gets involved."
That team effort was particularly evident with the job the Bucs did on Hastings, who had seven points in the first quarter, but just three the rest of the way. He ended up tied with Cade Causey and Preston Piper as Berean's leading scorers with 10 points apiece.
Jeff Birchfield Updated 11-18-2015 at 10:08 PM
Dayshawn Hamilton led four players in double figures with 25 points to lead University High to a 99-21 blowout win over Clinch in Tuesday night's season-opener at Brooks Gym.
Freshman Jacob Hubbard finished with 17 points for the Bucs, who got double-digit scoring efforts from Ben Ordway and Tom Merriman with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Luke Wexler had five steals and five assists, and David Gantz added five steals and four assists.
Chris Stephanson scored 13 of Clinch's 21 points
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Home games are played at Brooks Hall/Gym on the ETSU main campus, listed as Building #9, Brooks Memorial Hall on the ETSU Main Campus Map .