DCS: Terry scores 27

CHARLOTTE -- Reyshawn Terry's coaches told him he needed to be more aggressive on the offensive end, he needed to take charge of his team and he needed to attack the hoop. On Saturday afternoon, Terry showed that he got the message.

The 6-foot-8 senior scored a game-high 27 points to lead Winston-Salem (N.C.) Reynolds to a 61-53 win over Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute in the 3rd place game of the Dell Curry Shootout.

"We've been telling him every game, but he made his mind up today that he was going to do more," Reynolds head coach Howard West said. "When he makes his mind up to do those kind of things, he has much more of an impact on the game."

Reynolds entered Saturday having lost three of their last four games against national powerhouse competition, with Terry averaging 5.8 points over that stretch.

"We're playing five teams in a row that aren't normal high school teams, and we're losing by two and four points," West said. "We're 15 points away from being undefeated."

Saturday's opponent would not be much easier, as Laurinburg is a talented group of international players with considerable frontcourt depth – 10 of the 12 players on their roster are 6-6 or taller.

But Reynolds took the lead early and thanks to 16-first half points from a much more aggressive Terry, led 32-25 at half.

Terry's performance didn't resemble his rough showings over the past week, which were plagued by foul trouble and a general lack of intensity. He had a different mentality from the outset, putting his team on his back and heading straight for the hoop on a number of occasions. His 16 points in the half came on 7-for-12 shooting, with countless drives on the baseline or right at the heart of the defense, and no long jump shots.

In the second half, Reynolds coasted and Terry spent a considerable amount of time on the charity stripe. He shot 7-for-9 from the line in the fourth quarter.

"He didn't knock down his jumpers today, but he sure did get to the rim," West said. "We want him to finish harder, he needs to be a little more powerful going to the rim, but it's a learning process."

Terry's final stat line read 27 points (8-15 fg, 0-2 3pt, 11-13 ft), four rebounds, four steals, two assists and five turnovers.

West was pleased with his star's performance, but didn't hesitate to point out where there's room for improvement in Terry's game.

"His passing has got to improve," West said. "He's got to use the bounce pass more and just be thinking pass more. Once he does that, he ups his game because his assists go up in addition to his points."

Reynolds (6-4) returns to action Friday night at home against North Davidson.

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