HENDERSONVILLE- Beech sophomore Kristian Shaw was raining 3-pointers in the first half to lead the Buccaneers to a 70-56 victory over Father Ryan at home on Tuesday.
“Kristian was on fire tonight. When he’s hot, he’s hot,” Beech head coach Kip Brown said of Shaw, who led all scorers with 26 points for the game. “Every time they made a big run, he answered with a big shot.”
Shaw’s first of five 3-pointers for the game gave Beech an 8-0 lead to start the game, and he hit three more in the second quarter as the Bucs built a 32-18 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Father Ryan hit seven of their 10 3-pointers, cutting the lead to eight points at one point in the third quarter. But Shaw hit a 3-pointer of his own, and Father Ryan could never get any closer.
“In the second half, they got hot from three,” Brown said. “Luckily, we were able to answer enough to keep a cushion.”
“We knew they’re going to be really physical inside,” Brown said of Father Ryan. “They play good perimeter defense as well.”
But his team had an answer on offense. “We moved the ball really well. … We attacked when we needed to attack.”
“That’s not easy to do against those guys,” Brown added. “They play as good defense as anybody.”
Besides Shaw’s 26 points, Beech got 14 from Jyquale Matthews and 13 from Kaleb Powell. Father Ryan was led by Luke Gdowski with 18 points and Adam McWright with 10.
Shaw has always been a good shooter, Brown said, but he is rounding into a more complete player. “He plays a lot of basketball,” Brown said. “He loves the game. He loves to compete.”
“This summer I talked to him about defense and rebounding, his complete game.,” Brown said. “I was as proud of his defense and rebounding tonight as I was of his shooting.”
“My shot was finally on,” Shaw said of his performance. “I was attacking the basket more. I was playing team ball.”
By attacking the basket, he was able to create more space for his 3-point shot, Shaw said.
The win improves Beech’s record to 4-1, while Father Ryan suffered its first loss of the season and now holds a 4-1 record.
Beech enters district play on Friday when the Buccaneers host rival Station Camp.
The Bison won the district tournament last year, “and they have almost everybody back,” Brown said. “They’ve got a lot of good players. They’re a veteran squad.”
Boys Box Score
Beech (70) Kristian Shaw 26, Jyquale Matthews 14, Kaleb Powell 13, Luke Fleming 8, Drew Paige 7, Bradley Wheeler 2.
Father Ryan (56) Luke Gdowski 18, Adam McWright 10, Luke Conger 9, Isaac Vandenburgh 9, Collin Haugh 9, Matthew Zito 1.