Ginyard slowed by injury in team's first loss

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- An injured Marcus Ginyard and Bishop O'Connell struggled to their first loss of the season Sunday night at the Beach Ball Classic as Roy Williams took in the action.

Ginyard, who finished with only 2 points on 1-7 shooting, added 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists in the loss. After the game, a grimacing Ginyard was clearly disappointed with the 77-61 loss to Rufus King, which is ranked No. 4 in this week's USA Today poll.

"I thought that being out there was better for everyone than sitting on the bench, and I got a ton of support from my teammates. They really pushed me to try to get it together, to try to get out there so I felt like I owed it to them to get out there and do what I can do," he said.

Ginyard entered the game at the 11:58 mark of the first half and played the defense that is typical of his style, but didn't attack the basket in the same way he did in Saturday's win over Warren Central. After a two minute rest mid-half, Ginyard played out the remainder of the period, which ended with O'Connell down 47-27 to a Rufus King team that shot the ball extremely well (18-33 FG, 5-9 from behind the arc).

"I thought the big difference was that we really didn't run our offense, especially in the first half, which allowed them to get a lot of fast break points. I don't think they got as much out of their trapping as I saw last night, I think they got a lot out of us taking shots after only one or two passes," Bishop O'Connell coach Joe Wooten said.

In light of the lopsided score, it was somewhat surprising to see Ginyard play so much in the second half. Wooten felt that since the ankle posed no threat of long term damage, and Ginyard was eager to play, there wasn't a potential issue with the amount of time he spent on the court.

"He just turned his ankle, so it wasn't a problem," Wooten said after the loss.

On several occasions, Ginyard utilized a low skip pass to create opportunities for teammates, though the official scorer only had him with one assist. By turning the ball over in his hand (imagine throwing a frisbee, but reverse the wrist), he is able to generate power on the pass and seems to use it effectively often.

One play in particular demonstrated the effect that Ginyard's injury had on his performance. Late in the second half, O'Connell's jump and trap defense forced a loose ball at the top of the key which Ginyard and King's Drew Jackson (the best player this writer seen here without a DI offer) pursued. It's a ball Ginyard usually would have gotten, but came up a split second short.

Ginyard, who Saturday stressed his dedication to getting to the basket and his offensive game, plans to play in the Tuesday afternoon consolation matchup with St. Raymonds (N.Y.).

"I'm just going to try to push through it. Like I said, being out there is better than nothing at all."

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