Boys varsity basketball improves to 3-0 in conference with third consecutive 20 point win


After a six point first quarter, the FHC offense turned to it’s senior shooting guard Ty George for massive offensive help to get them back into a flow in their 58-37 win Tuesday night. The Rangers not only overcame the five point deficit, but sprinted out to a 12 point lead heading into the locker room at the half.

Ty alone scored 16 of the 24 points in the second quarter.

“I thought Ty came out, made some shots and finally gave us some flow,” head coach Ken George said. “We just needed to see the ball go in. It was really exciting to see him go off for us. Once we got out to a lead and into the locker room at the half I thought we were alright.”

The Ranger offense was sparked early in the second quarter after a first period of shots bouncing off the rim and finding every way to stay out of the basket. It took FHC just over three minutes to get the lead back and start to settle in.

“A lot of teams are going to throw different defenses at us,” Ty said. “That’s what Cedar did right away, which was smart and threw us off guard a little bit. We weren’t really that comfortable coming out and we were missing a lot of shots that we usually hit.”

Complimentary to Ty, senior Andrew Tebeau also had some big shots that helped push the lead further and further out of reach. With Andrew usually being a three point threat, his inside game was a nice change of pace for FHC’s offense.

“I started off really cold tonight, and I was at Greenville too,” Andrew said. “Right at the end of the half I had some confidence boosting [shots]. They were quick and easy shots but they helped me get going in the second half.”

With as slow of a start as the Rangers had on the offensive end of the court, FHC had to played incredibly efficiently on the defensive end of the floor all game to keep the Red Hawks from pulling ahead early. That’s just what the Ranger defense did.

“When you’re not making shots, it’s hard to play with great defensive energy on the other end,” coach George said. “I thought our guys really did. We only gave up 11 points in that first quarter and we didn’t give up more than 40. It was also on an off-shooting night for us when we had to play a lot in transition. I was really proud of our defense tonight.”

FHC finished +10 in the turnover margin tonight, as well as greatly out-rebounding and out-assisting Cedar throughout the night.

“Daniel Deindorfer came in and provided some big minutes for us and got some big boards,” Ty said. “Cedar isn’t that big across the board, and normally we aren’t either but this game we knew we would have an advantage there. We just took that opportunity.”

FHC has now improved themselves to 3-0 in the conference (6-2 overall) and has now won three games straight by 20 points or more. At 6-2 overall, the Rangers are keeping the undefeated conference record in the back of their minds.

The Rangers have a big matchup against the Lowell Red Arrows (0-9) on Friday night. In their first meeting since last year’s winner-takes-all final game of the season, the Rangers look to learn from the slow start and use that in their rematch against the Arrows.

“I think we’re definitely capable of beating Cedar by 30,” Andrew said. “We started really slow, I mean five points in the first quarter is something that just shouldn’t happen with the athleticism we have on this team. So I think we take this as a learning experience and then Friday we know what to do so we can come out and bury Lowell.”