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TEAM Englewood coach Lorenzo Donegan said it best when he assessed his team’s 102-36 opening-round loss to No. 13 Simeon in the Public League playoffs Wednesday at Simeon.
“They just took us out to the woodshed,” Donegan said. “They beat us in every facet of the game. I thought we would put up a better fight. It must have been playoff jitters.”
There were no jitters for the Wolverines (17-4), who raced to a 24-8 first-quarter lead. The game was completely out of reach by halftime, when the Wolverines held a commanding 53-14 lead. Leading the charge was Edward Morrow, who scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the first half. D.J. Williams scored all 11 of his points in the first half.
The Wolverines outrebounded TEAM Englewood 56-21 and had 23 offensive rebounds.
Coach Robert Smith said this was as dominate a performance as he has seen his team play all year.
“This is the way we are capable of playing when everybody is on the same page,” Smith said. “We played excellent defense, shared the ball, and had very few turnovers.”
Morrow reiterated what his coach said.
“We have been working extra hard in practice, especially on the defensive end,” he said. “We realize this is the playoffs and we know what we are playing for.”
Morrow finished with a game-high 14 rebounds. Williams grabbed 10 rebounds. Donte Ingram finished with 14 points.
Smith pulled the starters out the game halfway through the third quarter.
Donegan, whose team captured the White-Central this season, said his players learned a lot about playoff basketball.
“They were intimidated and realize that they could have put up a better fight,” Donegan said. “We still have some basketball to play and hopefully we can grow.”
Shartone Moore led TEAM Englewood with 16 points.