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Avery assistant coaches Jimmy Tilley, Reggie Oakes, head coach Scott Polsgrove and
assistant Gordon Polsgrove wear sneakers with suits in honor of Coaches vs. Cancer Night.
Photo courtesy Angie Jackson

Originally published: 2013-01-30 16:51:38
Last modified: 2013-01-30 16:51:38

Vikings varsity boys basketball takes downs Warhorses, Gryphons

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Avery varsity boys basketball continues its streak of strong play in Western Highlands Conference competition, earning a hard-fought victory by a 64-45 final score on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Owen. Two nights later, Avery upended the Thomas Jefferson Academy Gryphons at Viking Gym by the final score of 59-39.
The forward tandem of Payton Lowery and Luke Wotell set the pace for the Vikings early in its matchup against Owen, scoring 11 of the team’s 15 points in the first period as Avery held a 15-9 lead after one period. Two of Avery’s other starters got into the act in the second quarter, as teammates Chance Watson and Shea Buchanan scored seven points each to pace a 20-point second period. The Vikings held Owen to only 23 first-half points as the Big Red held a 35-23 lead at halftime.

Avery continued to build on its advantage as the second half ensued, outscoring Owen 18-11 in the third stanza to take control of the game for good, leading 53-34 after three periods en route to the conference road win.

Watson led the Vikings with 13 points and six rebounds. Wotell scored 12 points, while Lowery recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Buchanan also added 11 points and seven assists.

Michael Pomeroy led Owen with 14 points.

AHS found its home matchup against Thomas Jefferson a tougher game than its matchup against the Warhorses. The Vikings coaching staff recognized Coaches vs. Cancer Week at the contest, as head coach Scott Polsgrove and his assistant coaches wore suits and tennis shoes for cancer awareness and donations were accepted at the gymnasium for cancer research.

Avery picked up an early lead and held an 11-5 advantage after one quarter. The Vikings increased the offensive pace in the second period, while its defense continued to smother the Gryphons attack. Avery outscored TJCA 15-11 in the quarter to build a double-digit lead at 26-16 at halftime.

As the second half ensued, the Vikings came out as the more confident and crisper executing club, methodically building upon its working margin. The defense held TJCA to only eight third-quarter points, while Avery tallied 13 to build a 15-point lead at 39-24 with eight minutes to play.

The Big Red saved its most productive offensive performance for the final quarter, as it nearly equaled TJCA’s offensive output through the first three periods. The 20 points poured in by AHS proved more than enough, as it held TJCA to 15 points and cruised to the 20-point win.

Lowery and Watson each scored 10 points as the only Vikings players in double figures. The duo combined for 13 rebounds as they had their way inside against the visiting Gryphons. Wotell scored nine points, while Buchanan added nine points and eight assists.

Avery hosted Hendersonville in Western Highlands Conference action earlier this week, and travels to Columbus to take on Polk County in a conference contest this Friday, Feb. 1.