It was clear the Southwest head coach was pleased with this scared tactic to start off the game. Regardless, if his team did not match up well from a talent standpoint, it would have been better if they tried to win the game as opposed to trying not to lose. The scared, slow-paced style by Southwest caused the Cobras home court crowd to grow restless. The fans responded by chanting "shoot the ball" throughout the game.
With the lead in the fourth quarter, South Miami coach Fred Jones reversed the tactic on Southwest as they held onto the ball as they ran a spread offense. In light of their previous chant, the Cobra fans chanted "pass the ball".
Division I-signees Brian Asbury (Miami) and Abdul Herrera (Cincinnati) never were able to get into any kind of rhythm. Herrera was ejected from the game in the second half after receiving two technical fouls for hanging on the rim. On the second technical, the 6-foot-10 Herrera missed a two-handed dunk and tried to reach back with one hand to rebound the miss while holding onto the rim with the other. The play drew chuckles from his teammates from his teammates on the bench, but not from Jones.
The victory for South was well in hand as they never trailed in the game and held a 10-poit lead at halftime, up 28-18. With the victory, they are now 6-0 in district play.
"We played well, but we could have played better if we got out and ran our offense," Asbury said. "I thought it was very important for us to get a district win because it will help get us a better seeding for playoff time."
On his way to scoring 16 points Brian Asbury shot 5-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. He was 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line.
"I felt I played okay, but I could have played better if the game would have opened up more," Asbury said. "But I am just glad we got the win."
Asbury is now averaging 26.2 points per game this season and prior to this game he had scored 20 or more points in every game. His season-high is 36 points, which came on December 9 against Krop.
In the second quarter, Asbury got the crowd on their feet with a monster dunk on a breakaway. Although he did not get very many opportunities to showcase his talents because of the slow pace of the game, he was very mature in handling the difficult game.
"I know I can do more," Asbury said. "It doesn't affect me though. I just want to get the win with my teammates. And there are more games to play."
South Miami's next game is Wednesday, January 26 at Sunset. In their first meeting South Miami defeated Sunset 89-69 behind Asbury's 26 points.
"It is a rival game for us," Asbury said. "We have to come out, play hard, and give a good effort to get another win."
Very fluid, smooth player…plays with a relaxed, calm demeanor…very fundamentally sound on both ends of the court…has the ability to take the ball to the hole strong…plays above the rim in the open court…solid, smart defender…does not force bad shots…hustles to the loose ball…good range on jump shot…looks for teammates on half-court offense…at times, does not play with a sense of urgency to take the game over with individual talents
ASBURY QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Q PTS FG 3-PT FT 1st: 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 2nd 8 3-5 2-3 1-1 3rd 4 1-2 1-1 1-2 4th 2 0-1 0-0 2-2 Final 16 5-10 3-4 4-5BOXSCORE
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final South 14 14 19 8 55 Southwest 7 11 13 6 37Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com.