The Lynchburg (Va.) Legends wanted revenge on the South Carolina Warriors.
They came close, but weren’t able to reach their goal Saturday night in Lynchburg, Va.
Kellen Brand had 31 points, Lashun Watson added 27, and Georgetown native Brendon Knox had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors beat the Legends, whom South Carolina eliminated in the ABA playoffs a year ago.
“They went for revenge tonight,” Warriors coach John Kefalas said. “They were mad because we knocked them out of the playoffs last year.”
It wasn’t South Carolina’s best shooting night, Kefalas said, but the Warriors (14-1) – second in the league power rankings – did just enough to pull out a victory over the ABA’s 27th-ranked squad.
“It was another good win for us,” Kefalas said. “We played great defense. We stuck in there. We had some turnovers and they hit some [3-pointers], but all in all it was a good team win.”
Kefalas said the pressing defense was a key, and the Warriors got a boost from a newcomer in that aspect Saturday.
The Warriors added Donterious Hughes, who played with Brand at Appalachian State in college, on Thursday. Hughes, a point guard, gave South Carolina another player in the regular rotation who can help with the full-court press.
“We’ve got that extra guy now. We’re a pressing team so we were able to press all game and substitute those guys,” Kefalas said. “It gives us some good depth to do what we do best.”
Hughes also gives the Warriors depth at the lead guard spot, where Mike Vogler starts and had been the only true point guard on the roster.
“He’s great. His court presence is unbelievable,” Kefalas said. “He can play point, he’s a good penetrator … he does a lot of good things.”
Vogler had 10 points and 11 assists and Jarred Stockton added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors on Saturday. Stockton, another player who’s fairly new to the squad, had a breakout game.
“He played like an animal,” Kefalas said.
Pack on mend
Kefalas said he hopes former Coastal Carolina standout Jon Pack, who sat out Saturday with lingering effects from a back strain, will be ready to go when the Warriors host the Fayetteville (N.C.) Flight on Tuesday at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center.
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