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Originally published: 2013-01-30 16:44:01
Last modified: 2013-01-30 16:44:01

JV boys win at Owen, throttles Thomas Jefferson

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Avery’s junior varsity boys basketball used a strong all-around offensive performance to turn away the Owen Warlassies 61-51 on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Swannanoa. The Vikings followed up its win with a decisive 53-22 victory against Thomas Jefferson Academy on Thursday, Jan. 24, in Viking Gym.

In the contest at Owen, the clubs played a tightly contested first half, with Avery leading 15-11 after one quarter and 27-25 at halftime.

AHS slightly built on its advantage through three periods, taking a 44-41 edge into the final quarter. In the final seven minutes, Avery converted 8-of-11 free throws, while Luke Crowe scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the second half to help lead the Big Red to the conference win.

Jacob Waldroup added 15 points, with nine points from Christian Hampton and six points from Tyler Pitman. Two Owen players reached double figures, including 11 points from Tyson Byers.

Avery hosted Thomas Jefferson and took control of the contest early with an 11-2 scoring run to open the game. The Big Red continued to pressure the Gryphons into turnovers and capitalized to the tune of a 15-2 scoring run in the second period, building a 26-4 halftime lead. 

The Vikings cruised in the second half, as the entire roster saw playing time and registered points in the scoring column.

Pitman led all Vikings scorers with nine points, with eight points from Austin Calloway and six points from Waldroup, Austin Phillips and Levi McIntosh.

“I think the guys have really improved on the offensive end of the floor, finding each other and doing a better job boxing out. We still need to do a better job defensively against dribble penetration,” Avery JV boys coach Reggie Oakes said. “If we can keep executing our game plan offensively and defensively, I believe we’ll be fine.”

Avery stands at 5-4 in Western Highlands Conference play this season, with games this week at home against Hendersonville and this Friday, Feb. 1, at Polk County.