OLNEY – Good Counsel Head Coach G.J. Kissal earned his first win with the Falcons’ boys basketball team Friday by toppling Heights School 74-57, three days before falling 66-52 against host Sandy Spring.
“Hopefully we’ll get more,” said Kissal after his 90th career victory. ”Winning ain’t bad.”
On Friday, sophomore shooting guard Chris Margarites led the Falcons (1-5) with 11 points, junior guard Cameron Carter and junior forward Deson Flood both put up 10 points and junior forward Tyler Baylor added 6 points
The Falcons had eight players with more than five points in a cohesive effort from start to finish carrying the lead midway through the first quarter to the end of the game.
A size advantage factored in the Falcons’ ability to snap their four-game losing streak.
“I think we have a long way to go if we are going to the level we want to”, said Kissal. “The win was nice. We’ll enjoy it but were ready to work tomorrow.”
Rebounding from a 21 point defeat at the hands of the Sherwood, the Falcons improved in every aspect of their game, especially shutting down the Cavaliers on the defensive end.
“I think we decided to start exerting our will defensively. And once we did that and get stops. We were able to get in transition and things were better,” Kissal said.
Baylor and Flood dominated on the inside post while Carter and Margarites led the charge in handling the ball.
“I feel like Flood is good for us as a team. He helps rebound when we need it,” said Baylor. “We also play together inside. We play good inside. I feel he brings physical play to the game which is good.”
Cavaliers Head Coach Austin Hatch praised Baylor, calling him a “very strong” player who created a tough matchup for his team.
“But they share the ball very well,” added Hatch.
Kissal described Baylor as a “warrior.”
“He did battle a bit…he’s kind of a leader of our team and it was good to see him impose his will,” he said, later adding, “(Baylor and Flood) had a physical advantage. They used it. And you know that’s what we encouraged them to do.”
For Heights, senior forward Ike Achufusi (21 points) and junior guard Demetrius Shepard-Lewis (13 points) led their team in scoring.
The Cavaliers cut a 23 point lead down to 14 in the fourth quarter, yet for most of the evening, the Falcons cruised.
“Yeah, we battled,” said Hatch. “We’re losing but we’ll work on that consistent effort. We got a couple of turnovers out of that press which we’ll use out of that.”