IRHS boys’ basketball gets revenge 66-48

Date Published: 
Jan. 19, 2017

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Jamier Felton goes up for a layup against Lake Forest on Thursday, Jan. 11. Indian River went on to win 66-48.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Jamier Felton goes up for a layup against Lake Forest on Thursday, Jan. 11. Indian River went on to win 66-48.Since their narrow 47-50 loss to Lake Forest High School back on Dec. 19, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team has been patiently waiting, 23 days, for the Spartans visit their home gym. That day arrived on Thursday night, Jan. 11. When they got there, the Spartans found a newly energized and experienced Indians team, with a 7-4 record, eagerly ready for revenge.

“We caved a little bit, and they ended up beating us by three points up there, and then they’re 5-1,” said IR head coach B.J. Joseph. “I knew they’d be right there in the South this year, because they got that transfer from Dover. He’s pretty tough, but the foul shooting and securing the ball tonight and rebounding looked like a clinic at first, the way we were moving the ball and getting lay-ups and things.”

With less than two minutes off the first-period clock Indian shooters built a 7-2 lead over the Spartans, on their way to a sweet 66-48 win. Seconds later, sophomore Kevin Custis swished a three-pointer, giving the Indians a 10-2 advantage. Indians shooters put eight more points on the board before the first period ticked off the clock.

IR started second period 18-8. Spartans shooters had narrowed the gap to five points when the buzzer sounded ending the first half. IR took a 28-19 lead into the locker room.

Spartans shooters threatened in the third period, outshooting IR 17-5. IR held a seven-point lead going into the final eight minutes, which was when IR rocketed ahead, scoring 23 points to Lake Forest’s 12 points, for the 66-48 win.

“I knew they’d come back on us,” Joseph admitted. “They got up to 43 to 40. The thing is we were able to withstand that and keep it going. We pushed it back up again and moved the ball and got lay-ups. We were able to withstand that and, with the foul shots, we were able to stay ahead. I think we’re growing up as a team.”

Freshman OrRyin Morris scored 23 points for the Indians, hitting 10 for 11 at the foul line, and Junior Jamier Felton chipped in 20 points.

“Next week, we play Laurel at Laurel, and we need to get them back, too,” Joseph added earlier this week. “They beat us here, and they shouldn’t have.”

The Indians were set to take on 6-2 Laurel at Laurel High School on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 5:45 p.m. (after Coastal Point press time). They’ll face Woodbridge on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6:15 p.m. at Woodbridge.