Deep and versatile, the Poly boys basketball team can win games a number of different ways.
Many of them were on display in the first quarter of Tuesday's game at Ben Franklin-Masonville.
The No. 13 Engineers started hot from the outside. Later, they looked inside for points while playing solid defense to jump out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter. The rest of the game, every time the Bayhawks made a run, the Engineers answered and came away with a70-63 win.
Most of the later answers came from senior center Darrell Shaw, who scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half. Senior forward Darrion Stokes-Graham added 13 points and William Wyche finished with 10. Poly improves to 5-1 overall, while Ben Franklin-Masonville, which got a game-high 25 points from guard Gabe Shongo, was handed its first loss.
Shaw was particularly dominant in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of Poly's 11 points to help the team maintain a comfortable lead. The biggest basket came with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left to play and the Bayhawks(4-1) pulling within 59-51 before Shaw scored and inside basket to stop a 6-0 run.
"They came at us with a couple runs, but my team just stayed solid, we played our game and we pulled through. We worked hard for this victory, so we got it," Shaw said. "I feel as though my team prepared me for it, so I was ready when my name was called. And the rest of my team was ready to back me up and I was ready to back them up."
Playing in front of a packed gym, it was the Engineers who played with more poise early. Wyche hit consecutive 3-pointers and Eric White added another before the Engineers started getting to the basket with junior guard John Crosby finishing off two straight drives and Terray Quickley going up strong for another two points late in the quarter. Defensively, the visitors limited the Bayhawks to just two field goals to build a 15-6 advantage. The Engineers' lead increased to 37-18 late in the second quarter before the Bayhawks closed out the half with last eight points to pull witihin 37-26 at the break. Kevin Thompson had a strong inside effort for the Bayhawks with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
"I don't think we played as tough as we should have played today. And we didn't make free throws and layups, so when you blow layups and you don't make free throws, it puts you in position to lose the game," Bayhawks coach William Russell said.
13 Poly 70, Ben Franklin-Masonville 63
P –Shaw 17, Stokes-Graham 13, Wyche 10, White 8, Crosby 8, Quickley 5, Kelly 9 . Totals: 25 11-18 70.
BF – Shongo 25, Thompson 12, Henriques 5, Hawkes 6, Chong Qui 8, Mckelvin 2, Collins 2, Graves 3. Totals: 22 16-25 63.
Half: P, 37-26