Going into their District Semifinal game, West Chester East had already outscored their opponents in the district playoffs by a total of 112-77. Neither of the two teams had an answer for big man, Andrew Carr. Rustin wasn’t much different in that department.
Not only did Rustin not have an answer for Carr, but they didn’t have an answer for the suffocating defense that the Vikings put on display on Wednesday night.
The Golden Knights shot around 35% from the field as a team, committed 15 turnovers, and didn’t look like they had much of a chance throughout the entire game.
While their own defense wasn’t too shabby in the first half, it all fell apart as soon as the third quarter began. Carr and the Vikings used an 18-8 advantage in the third to break away and all but decide the game before it was actually over. Tym Richardson and Andrew Carr combined for 14 of the team’s 18 points in the quarter and overall they had 13 and 23 points respectively.
The offensive strategy was clearly different against Rustin compared to the Vikings’ game against Radnor. Carr was getting the ball at the top of the key quite often, and he was even taking defenders off the dribble. While he still got his touches in the post, he was operating more as the stretch big.
This opened up driving lanes, cutting lanes and even created some open shots on the perimeter. Richardson made use of the driving lanes the most. He was able to cut through the defenders in the paint using a multitude of euros and crossovers.
Then, whenever it seemed like Rustin could get a big stop, Jack Kushner would get a tough offensive rebound or cut to the perfect spot on the floor to get an easy bucket. All at once is how East poured in points and opened up the margin.
Now, the Vikings have followed through on their promise to get back to Temple to compete for a District 1 championship. Andrew Carr and Tym Richardson have been very vocal about this promise and as seniors, they’re incredibly hungry to finish the job they set out for.