Wesleyan dominates Greensboro Day in rivalry rematch 57-41
The Trojans (25-5,6-0), went on the road and marched past the Bengals (23-6,2-3), of GDS in a crucial conference matchup to clinch a regular season conference title.
WCA closed out the game in style with a balanced offensive effort that proved too
much for GDS to overcome, four players finished in double figures for the Trojans. Wesleyan set the tone on both ends of the floor, defensively this group was locked in like never before the Trojans held their opponents to just one field goal in the first quarter!
After falling down 16-3 coach Freddy Johnson’s group rallied back behind senior Leader John Newman and a hostile home crowd in the second quarter, GDS fought hard to make it a game. In the end, the absence of star guard Will Dillard was too much to overcome, the Bengals found themselves unequipped to deal with all of the Trojans firepower. GDS rebounded the rock noticeably better from round one and seemed to play with more intensity.
“ We had to play small we got in foul trouble early but I think we did well dealing with that, they’ve got so many weapons if you stop one they’ve got another guy that can score.” Coach Freddy Johnson of GDS said.
They will have to rebound quick for their ESPN featured matchup with the monstar Zion Williamson and his Spartanburg Day Griffins (13-8,7-0).
2018 6’6 Aaron Wiggins finished with 14 points to pace the winning side, it’s the second time this season Wiggins has come up big against the Bengals. Wiggins knocked down two deep balls and stayed aggressive attacking the cup to close out the contest.
Wiggins continuously silenced the rowdy GDS crowd and proved why he’s one of the top two guards in the entire country. Wiggins can score from anywhere on the floor and embraces the big moments that decide games.
2018 6’8 Jaylen Hoard was a beast on the boards last night and remains a solid inside presence for Wesleyan’s title run. Hoard is naturally a perimeter player but he’s versatile enough on both ends to match up against opposing bigs.
Hoard Finished with 12 points, he attacked the bigs of GDS and forced them into early foul trouble. Defensively Hoard is long and he utilizes next level explosiveness to sky for blocks and boards.
6’1 2019 Kobe Langley is the key to the Trojans offense, the seasoned floor general
snatched the flow of this contest and never let go. The game moved as Langley did; Kobe did well running the show and getting everyone in position for open looks, Langley also scored ten points which kept the defense honest.
One key play stood out in the second quarter where Langley put his athleticism on full display during a chase down block that will surely go down as one of the best all year. Langley sprinted the length of the court and pinned a lofty lay-in attempt, the block sparked a run and ultimately allowed the Trojans to shut down the Bengals comeback attempt.
2018 6’6 John Newman is the definition of a warrior and you absolutely need kids
like this to establish the culture GDS has. At no point in this game did anyone give up but Newman was a lone bright spot for GDS, Newman led his side in every category and throughout the game guarded all five positions.
Newman showed his versatility going from point guard to center when asked to guard Langley then Hoard. With their bigs in foul trouble, Newman was the biggest player on the floor in green for large portions of the contest, Newman finished with a handful of boards and even snuck a bit of trash talk in. He’s probably the most passionate player in the state and every contest is an emotional ride!