Laney followed Monday's dramatic win over Aquinas with a 78-58 road win over sub region opponent Harlem. The consecutive victories follow back-to-back losses Friday and Saturday to sub region foe Westside and area rival Butler, respectively. The win improves the Wildcats' record to 14-5 overall, and 3-1 in sub region 3B-AA action. Harlem falls to 12-9 overall, 1-3 in league play.
Laney head coach Jerry Hunter's strategy was clear: make someone besides Harlem's sophomore point guard Reggie Reid handle the ball. Laney brought full court pressure the entire game. Reid, Harlem's primary offensive threat, was forced to either let a teammate bring the ball up the court or pass when trapped. The Laney defense took adventage of a flurry of turnovers, leading to easy transitoin baskets throughout the game.
Harlem produced only seven points in the first quarter, a total matched by Laney's sophomore shooting guard Jashawn Brooks. Brooks' fast start was a continuation from his 25 point explosion Monday versus Aquinas.
And Hunter continued to rely on his core group of freshmen and sophomores for much of the game. Freshman Christian Keeling followed Brooks' first quarter performance with 10 points, 4 offensive rebounds, and 3 steals during the second period.
Reggie Reid led Harlem with 22 points.
Watch the video above to see Laney's young talent and deep bench defeat Harlem.