CAROLINA FOREST — For once, the coach in John Kefalas was suppressed.
His team performed that well Saturday night.
The South Carolina Warriors dominated in all phases en route to a 138-72 win over the Hampton Roads (Va.) Stallions at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center.
It was a victory that left Kefalas, who like most coaches can almost always find flaws despite winning, with nothing but good things to say following the game.
“I’m so proud of these guys. We’re really putting some chemistry together,” he said. “Our defense was magnificent tonight.”
The Warriors pressed, trapped and hustled defensively en route to improving to 13-1. The defense in particular had been an area concerning Kefalas all season.
Not on this night.
“We just played tenacious defense both halves,” he said. “We got them to turn the ball over 33 times.”
The Warriors also got a boost from the return of starting point guard Mike Vogler, a veteran who had 16 points and led the way as the squad accumulated 28 assists.
While Vogler was out with an injury, South Carolina had to have other players play out of position at point guard.
“The biggest boost is he was tenacious on defense and he runs our system,” Kefalas said. “He runs our sets. We played crazy [without him]. We were doing a lot of individual stuff. We weren’t running our sets.”
The Warriors were balanced on offense, with Kellen Brand leading the way with 27 points and Lashun Watson adding 23 as the whole starting lineup was in double figures.
Jon Pack had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Jarred Stockton had 11 points to round out the starters. Former Hemingway High standout Pat Lewis had 21 points, Georgetown native Brendon Knox added 15 points and 12 rebounds and Barry Jordan had 12 rebounds off the bench.
“We are getting it together at the right time. I’m proud,” Kefalas said. “I think we’ve got some excellent chemistry.”