Wyatt Hairgrove and Will Vaughn combined for 46 points and the Joaquin Rams took advantage of a cold-shooting third quarter by the Timpson Bears as JHS rolled to its second victory over the Bears in three days, a 68-47 win here in the John Herbert Eakin Gymnasium Monday afternoon.
The victory was Joaquin's third straight as they headed into the Thanksgiving break to a 3-1 mark. Timpson lost its second in a row and then dropped a 66-55 decision to Chireno on Tuesday to fall to 1-4.
The difference in this contest was not only the two-point scoring output in the third quarter for the Bears, but the way the Rams played defense. A talented Bear ballclub managed just two points on fast break opportunities throughout the contest as the Rams played tough defense throughout.
"They have some great athletes on their team and we knew we had to play good defense on them," said Joaquin head coach Brian Gandy. "The kids did a good job of getting back on defense and making them work for every shot. That's the kind of defense we have to play game in and game out.
"On the offensive end we had to take some good shots and we did that too. We also took pretty good care of the ball against their press."
The Rams committed just 14 turnovers in the game, including two in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Joaquin forced 27 Timpson turnovers, with 16 coming in the first half when JHS was able to build a 36-23 lead.
Wyatt Hairgrove led the Joaquin scoring with 24 points, with 17 of those points coming in the second and fourth periods. Vaughn dropped in 16 points in the second and third quarters combined, while finishing with 22 in the game.
Tristan Hairgrove dropped in a quiet nine points, Za Cooper added seven, Kain Yates scored four points and Cody Runnels had two points.
Derrick Brinson scored 12 fourth-quarter points and led Timpson with 19 for the game. Jaylin Rhodes added 12 first-half points and 15 for the game, while John Jacobs dropped in seven, Tevin Brown added five and Lorenzo Young scored one point. The opened period was one of streaks as Joaquin scored the first six points on points in the paint by Vaughn, Wyatt Hairgrove and Runnels. After a Timpson timeout the Bears scored eight straight to regain the lead, 8-6.
The teams then finished the first quarter with the Rams on top 13-11.
Joaquin took care of the basketball in the second quarter, committing just two turnovers, while scoring two points in the paint and getting a trey from Wyatt Hairgrove to outscore Timpson 23-12. Meanwhile, the Bears turned the ball over seven times in the quarter and could never put consecutive field goals together.
Leading 36-23 at the half, the Rams put the clamps down on the Bears in the third quarter, holding them to just two points on a layup from Rhodes, while Vaughn scored eight, Wyatt Hairgrove dumped in three and Yates and Cooper added two each as JHS built a commanding 51-25 lead.
Timpson did come back to score 22 fourth-quarter points with Brinson leading the way with 12, but it was too late as Wyatt Hairgrove threw in eight and the Rams finished with 17 for the period to take the win.
"It's frustrating as a coach when your team scores just two points in the third quarter and then comes back in the fourth and has 22," said Timpson head coach Cody Anthony. "That shows me that we have the talent to get the job done, we just need to do a better job of being consistent for four quarters and doing it."
Joaquin will not be back in action until Tuesday when the Rams host Gary (JV,V) at 5 p.m. in the team's home opener in the new Ram Gymnasium. Timpson will travel to Martinsville (JV,V) on Tuesday at 5 p.m.