KENLY — The Corinth Holders boys basketball team has no shortage of guys who can put the ball in the basket and the Pirates used their “democratic” approach to take down North Johnston 71-40 in a Northern Carolina 2A Conference contest Wednesday night.
All 11 Pirates who played scored as Corinth Holders upped its mark to 10-1 on the season and 3-0 in the NCC.
Crisp passing and unselfish play led to open looks for the Pirates which Coach Chris Davis feels will bode well for the purple and gold as Corinth Holders comes to the heart of its conference schedule.
“I do think we had some great ball movement,” Davis said. “The fact that they are moving the ball like that says that they want to work together.”
Work is what the North Johnston defense had to do to keep up with the quick-footed Pirates both in its half-court and transition defenses.
“We didn’t do a good job moving our feet,” said North Johnston coach Derrick Johnson. “Transition’s what killed us. We didn’t do a good job at getting back and recognizing where they are. We weren’t hustling back and we weren’t finding the ball quick enough.”
Corinth Holders had no trouble finding sharpshooter Kenneth Collins who led the balanced attack for the Pirates with 23 points, including a trio of three-pointers.
“He ended the football season with a concussion and I think it’s taken him a little bit longer to get into his rhythm,” Davis said of his senior shooting guard. “He hit a rhythm tonight.”
Trey Daniels tallied all eight of his points in the first half and Bailey Lail came off the bench to provide a spark as well for the Panthers but in the end, it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Pirates.
“We’ve played good in spurts but its really inconsistent,” Johnson spoke of his team’s play this season. “We’re just not getting consistent play out of everybody.”
Lail finished with nine points to lead the Panthers.
Kiyon Walden provided the Pirates with 11 points and Klilah Cox totaled eight points on the night.