DCS: Terry, Reynolds struggling

CHARLOTTE --- R.J. Reynolds is in a slump – and so is Reyshawn Terry.

After starting the season 4-0, Reynolds had lost three of their last four games heading into the Dell Curry Shootout, with Terry averaging a mere 5.7 points over the last three, but the team and Terry sank a little further on Friday night.

The Tar Heel signee totaled just six points, all in the first half, as Reynolds lost 53-48 to Mt. Zion Friday night at the Beck Center, on the campus of Charlotte Latin High School.

"It's like we can't play our game, everyone is all out of place and we're not a unit right now," Terry said. "We didn't come up here with our minds on the game today."

Reynolds held a 23-10 second quarter lead, before Mt. Zion scored 13 unanswered points in a two-minute span.

"You've got to come out ready to play every game like it's your last," Terry said. Everybody wants it, and we don't want it right now."

The lead went back and forth in the second half, but Terry was nowhere to be seen in the final two quarters. He picked up his fourth foul at 4:15 in the third quarter and his fifth with 6:08 left in the fourth.

"There's got to be a certain level of intensity in a game like this and I think the team has a tendency to feed of off Reyshawn," said analyst Dave Telep, of TheInsidersHoops.com. "He didn't appear to be involved in this game from the get-go – he never got involved in this game."

With Terry sidelined, Reynolds managed only six fourth-quarter points.

"The refs didn't let me play tonight, and you have night's like that sometimes," Terry said. "But I've got to be on the floor when my team needs me, so I've got to step it up on my team's behalf."

Terry's shooting numbers were 2-for-4 from the field, 1-for-2 from beyond the arc and 1-for-2 from the free throw line, and he downplayed his team's need for him to score.

"I'm not expected to score a whole lot of points every game," he said. "I do important things to help the team win, it's not just scoring big points every night. It isn't about points. We have more than one person who can score."

But on Friday night, he had zero hustle stats to go with his six points.

"They are in a slide for the last five games and somebody's got to step up and get them out of this because it's a long year and they have some big games coming up," Telep said. "The guy with the most talent is Reyshawn and he has to respond to it.

"They're in a funk and Reyshawn's got to be the guy who drives them out of it. He's their scorer and he's the guy who has to put points on the boards. If he doesn't play with intensity from the get-go, then they're going to struggle."

Terry, and Reynolds, will aim to right the ship in Saturday afternoon's third-place game against Laurinburg (N.C.) Academy.

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