Just a day after ex-Irish forward Andrew Wiggins was making noise at Kansas, his alma mater Huntington Prep made sure everyone knew they’re still a force to be reckoned with, defeating Bluefield College JV (VA) 99-52 on Wednesday night. Forward Thomas Bryant had his way in the paint, scoring 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half, adding in 12 rebounds as well. Teammate JaQuan Lyle did not get a double-double like Bryant, but he still showcased his all-around game, finishing with 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Things could not have started any better for the Irish and head coach Rob Fulford, as they jumped out to a 13-0 lead behind four points each from Lyle and Providence commit Jalen Lindsey.
Bluefield would cut the Huntington Prep lead to five at 20-15, but thanks to the defensive play of Angel Delgado, the Irish would finish with a 27-20 lead after one quarter. Delgado, the Seton Hall commit, would finish with seven points, 14 rebounds, and three assists on the night.
A basket by six-foot-ten Levi Cook would expand the lead to 40-21 midway through the second quarter, the biggest lead for the Irish to that point. Going into the break Huntington Prep led 46-31, and was led in scoring by Jalen Lindsey with nine points. Leading the scoring for Bluefield was guard Mike Collins, who knocked down three triples for nine points.
Lyle and Montaque Gill-Caesar helped the Irish to a 24-12 third quarter, as they each added six points during the frame. Gill-Caesar, one of the few returning members for Huntington Prep, had no trouble getting to the rim frequently, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds.
The fourth quarter started much like the first for the Irish, jumping out on another 13-0 run to extend the margin to 40. Bryant’s fourth quarter was a dominant performance in itself, as the Huntington Prep forward controlled the block with 10 points and 3 rebounds. The dunks were also on full display for Huntington Prep in that fourth quarter, including an alley-oop from Josh Perkins to Jalen Lindsey that nearly brought the house down.
Montaque Gill-Caesar 7-2-15, Josh Perkins 3-0-5, Danny Vitiello 0-1-1, JaQuan Lyle 6-1-17, Coleman Spann 2-0-2, Angel Delgado 3-1-7, Jalen Lindsey 7-1-13, Miles Bridges 6-0-12, Thomas Bryant 11-1-23, Levi Cook 2-0-4. Totals 41-(13/20)-99.
Asher Dillow 4-0-10, Marcus Richardson 2-0-5, Mike Keeling 1-3-5, Eric Swift 2-2-7, Mike Collins 5-1-15, Rodney Kasey 1-0-2, Shaheem Jones 1-0-3, Derek Farr 1-3-5. Totals 18-(9/20)-52
Three-pointers- Huntington Prep 4 – Gill-Caesar, Perkins, Lyle, Lindsey. Bluefield [VA] 9 – Collins 4, Dillow 2, Richardson, Swift, Jones
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