Game Outlook: The visiting West Brunswick Trojans lost 59-58 to North Myrtle Beach High School on Thursday night in South Carolina. The Trojans trailed for much of the first half until staging a late comeback to take the lead at halftime 33-31. West controlled the second half until midway through the fourth quarter when North Myrtle Beach chipped away at the lead forcing many turnovers and creating easy transition points. Up by one with thirty seconds to play, West fouled the North Myrtle Beach ball handler and he converted both free throw attempts to take the lead 59-58. Simmons failed to convert a shot attempt with one second to play on a shot where most Trojan fans thought a foul should have been called. The loss moved the Trojans to 1-2.
Simmons Evaluation: Simmons was the second leading scorer for West Brunswick with 20 points. Teammate Chris Bland led all scorers with 23 points. Simmons also grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked 10 North Myrtle Beach shots, dominating the paint the entire game. He grabbed 11 of his 17 rebounds in the first half. Trying to guard Simmons one-on-one the entire game created a problem for the Chiefs as he got to the rim at will or passed to wide-open teammates as help defenders had to leave their assignment to double team Simmons. The Chiefs 6'11" center was completely neutralized by Simmons on the defensive end and could not defend the Wolfpack signee on the offensive side of the ball. Simmons exploded in the third and fourth quarters with 14 points to set the tempo for the early stages of the second half. The 6'9" prospect did a very good job of keeping the shots that were blocked alive to create offensive opportunities for the Trojans up-tempo style of offense. Simmons was 4/9 from the foul line and 0/2 from three-point range.
Simmons is now averaging 13.7 ppg, 11.7 ppg, and 6.8 ppg to pace the Trojans.
Special Note: Another report will be posted Thursday on the West Brunswick/North Brunswick contest Wednesday in Shallotte.