WENDELL — Corinth Holders boys basketball team does not lack for options on the offensive end of the court and the Pirates used much of that dynamic attack to down Cleveland 66-52 Monday night.
Three Pirates turned in double-digit performances to help stake Corinth Holders to a seven-point lead entering the third quarter.
The Pirates then made 10 of 12 foul shots in the final frame to hold off Cleveland for the 14-point non-conference win.
Kahlil Larry led the Pirates (2-0) with 12 points in the opening quarter, Kiyon Walden chipped in with six points in the second quarter and Kenneth Collins paved the way in the third quarter with 13 of his game-high 22 points.
“We do have lot of places to go with the ball,” Corinth Holders coach Chris Davis said. “We’re really ahead of schedule from where we were last year but we should be with what we have returning.”
For Cleveland, the place to go with the ball early on was forward Bobby Stenborg. Stenborg helped the Rams keep up with the hot shooting Pirates with nine points in the first quarter.
The Rams (1-5) trailed by five points at the half and, after falling behind by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, cut the Pirate lead back down to five points again in the fourth quarter.
But Cleveland, despite Gilbert King’s seven fourth quarter points, was never able to get the game to a one-possession game.
“We did have some opportunities,” Cleveland coach John Jacobs said. “We had a drive in the fourth quarter and if we made the basket, we would have cut the lead to three. We missed the layup and then they went down the court and scored.”
Kodi Whitley posted 12 points and eight rebounds for the Rams. Stenborg finished with 11 points.
“We played hard,” added Jacobs. “We’re doing a lot of positive things. We’ve just got to keep putting it together and play a complete game.”
To compliment Collins’ 22 points, Larry totaled 14 points, Walden added 10 more and senior Klilah Cox contributed nine points and four steals.
“They played well on offense but I’m not real satisfied with what we did on the defensive end,” Davis said. “We’ve got to do a better job on the defensive end of the floor.”