WHITE HALL – The Watson Chapel boys basketball team outscored White Hall 14-3 in the third quarter on their way to a 56-50 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night.
“We just turned up the pressure,” Watson Chapel head coach Matt Busch said. “Early on we were reaching a lot. I told the guys you got to sit down and guard them and that’s what we did.”
Trailing by 28-27, Tevin Brown gave Chapel (12-10, 7-4 in 5A-South) a 29-27 lead when he knocked down a pair of free throws with 4:31 left in the third quarter.
He followed with a steal and a easy basket to give the Wildcats a three-point lead. Ben Marcus knocked down back-to-back baskets for a 35-28 lead over White Hall (7-15, 4-8).
Marcus closed out the third quarter with an offensive rebound and putback for a 37-28 lead as the buzzer sounded.
“They came out and they put ball pressure on us,” White Hall head coach Marc Stringer said. “We just didn’t handle it.
“That was pretty much the difference in the game.”
Stringer said Chapel put the same kind of pressure on them when they played earlier this season at Chapel, but he felt like they handled it better then.
White Hall’s only bucket in the third quarter came when Daniel Sprinkle grabbed an offense rebound and made the putback. He then converted the three-point play by making his free throw.
It gave White Hall a 28-23 lead with 6:37 left in the third quarter.
Watson Chapel is coming off a 45-point win over De Queen and Busch said in that game, he felt like “we got away from what we have established.”
“We started to rebound in the second half,” Busch said. “They got a lot of rebounds early and we got them late.
“It was a good win for our ballclub.”
White Hall led 25-21 at the end of the first half following a 9-3 run to end the second quarter.
“Early on we hit some shots,” Stringer said. “And we got it inside early which helps us out. We didn’t always make our shots but it did open the floor for us.”
J’Breun Steen hit a three-pointer from the right to give the Bulldogs a 19-18 lead. He followed with an easy basket after Kirk Baugh picked up a steal and an assist.
Baugh gave White Hall a 23-19 lead with a shot from the baseline. Percy Arnold made two free throws with 40 seconds left in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 25-21 lead.
Arnold finished the game with 11 points and Tyler Pirson contributed with eight points.
Marcus led Watson Chapel with 18 points.
“He has had two pretty good games for us in a row,” Busch said. “Ben is our best rebounder and our point leader.
“He has about a quarter a game where he just looks incredible. When he figures out how to put four of them together, he has the potential to be a college basketball player.”
Chapel will host Hope on Friday and White Hall will face Camden Fairview.