Grinding out wins: VSU men, women exist Delta State in Sunday doubleheader

VALDOSTA –– The Valdosta State Blazers (12-2, 5-1 Gulf South Conference) used pivotal shot-making and dirty invulnerability to grub out an 81-69 feat opposite a Delta State Statesmen (7-8, 5-2) on Sunday.

A layup by a Statesmen’s Mitch Keller cut a Blazers’ lead to 43-41 with 16:22 to go in a game. The Blazers’ KJ James responded with a layup of his possess that fueled an 11-0 run, capped off by back-to-back 3s from Winston Morgan and James to bloat a Blazers’ corner to 13 in usually 3 mins and 18 seconds of diversion time.

According to Blazers manager Mike Helfer, that sold widen swung a movement critically with a diversion being tighten throughout.

“I consider we finished some shots in that widen where we finished some 3s and got some scores around a basket and they missed during that widen so we got separation,” Helfer said. “(The Statesmen) are very, unequivocally good defensively and for us to get to 81 points on them is still flattering dang good.”

The Blazers also finished a mount of their possess as starting appetite brazen Jimmy Kodet blocked a career-high 5 shots in a win, including an rejection on a asperse try by Statesmen brazen P.J. Davis that brought The Complex to a feet.

Kodet’s teammate Clay Guillozet called his corner insurance ‘a tone-setter’.

“It’s unequivocally a tone-setter,” Guillozet said. “When we can count on somebody being behind you, it gives us some-more certainty to go adult and vigour a guys since we know that if they do occur to get by us, we’ve got guys there that are gonna assistance us out and purify that up.”

The Blazers found themselves guarding a counterpart picture of themselves opposite a Statesmen as a group ran a Blazers’ informed round descent set throughout. Call it unintended gamesmanship from Delta’s Jim Boone, though Helfer believes his group found success when they pennyless divided from their prevalent alignments.

“They didn’t adjust meaningful that we knew it,” Helfer said. “Which astounded me a small bit––I suspicion there would be some wrinkles though there weren’t any and so they fundamentally usually try to grub we for a whole possession to open adult a shot. 

“What they’re blank is that creativity like (Devin) Schmidt had for so many years for them. We kind of went to sets in a second half, kind of got divided from them since they knew what we were running.”

Guillozet paced a Blazers with a game-high 18 points, 13 entrance in a initial half. Beau Justice combined 17 points and 4 assists while James pumped in an fit 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Morgan struggled with his shot, going 4-for-13, though finished with 13 points as a Blazers grabbed their fifth true win.

Davis led a Statesmen with 18 points and 7 rebounds as they saw their four-game winning strain snapped on Sunday. Brett Warner scored 15 points to go along with 5 rebounds and Matthew Wilson had 10 points. The Statesmen shot 47 percent from a building and buried 8-of-21 3s in a loss.

The Blazers shot 49 percent and finished 10-of-30 from over a arc.

VSU women 61 

Delta State 46

The VSU women amped adult their defensive appetite early on and imposed their will inside to journey to a 61-46 feat opposite Delta State on Sunday.

Defensively, a Blazers hold a Lady Statesmen to 35 percent sharpened from a building and 2-of-13 from over a arc as they softened to 7-0 during home.

Kenya Samone Dixon notched her ninth double-double of a deteriorate with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Dixon finished 5-of-8 margin goals, including 4-of-5 from 3 in 34 minutes. Madi Mitchell was a usually other Blazer in double total with 17 points, 5 rebounds and game-high 3 assists.

“I consider we executed a diversion devise perfectly,” Kuhns said. “We knew it was gonna be a low scoring diversion since of a approach they defend. But we knew if we played invulnerability and got stops and rebounded a ball, afterwards we were going to have a ability to win this game.

“We missed some easy opportunities that we’ve got to find ways to be some-more prolific offensively, though we consider it was a group effort. Some kids that had been struggling to fire a round came in and knocked some large shots down. I’m usually unapproachable of them for being tough and removing a win.”

Another pivotal to a Blazers’ defensive success was courtesy to a scouting report. Delta State youth Alondrea Rush strike a Blazers for 23 points and 5 3s in final season’s home meeting.

On Sunday, a Blazers singular Rush to usually dual points on 1-of-11 sharpened altogether and 0-for-7 from over a arc. Guarded by Kia Perry and Kayla Bonilla essentially throughout, Rush never found a rhythm.

“She is a very, unequivocally good player––she’s discerning and she creates them go so a diversion devise was to try to get a round out of her hands and force other people to measure and we suspicion we executed that perfectly. we suspicion we had a good group defense, a post players were prepared to step over and assistance on a unequivocally good dribble-drive group so it was unequivocally large time defensive bid for a team.”

Handling on a left elbow, Mitchell found Taylor Buie slicing backdoor for a layup to give a Blazers a 37-23 lead mid by a third. Soon after, dual giveaway throws any by Dixon and Jaz McIntosh ballooned a VSU lead to 41-23 with 3:21 left in a third quarter.

The Blazers led 31-21 during a half, led by 11 first-half points by Dixon. Dixon’s 3 with 2:24 remaining in a half gave VSU a 30-18 corner on a Lady Statesmen, a largest lead of a initial 20 minutes.

For a game, a Blazers shot 38.3 percent and finished 18 of their 20 giveaway chuck attempts. The Blazers dominated a Lady Statesmen in a paint, outscoring them 20-8.

The Blazers have now won dual true after a blowout detriment to Lee to open a new year, interjection in partial to their defense.

“I consider it was a defensive effort,” Kuhns said. “We were carrying a lot of difficulty scoring a round offensively during Lee and it influenced us defensively. That was a diversion plan, to let a invulnerability fuel a offense and no matter what’s function offensively, that shouldn’t impact how we urge a ball. we consider it’s shown and we’ve finished a most improved pursuit removing stops. It’s given us a bit some-more certainty on a descent finish to measure more.”

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The VSU group and women sojourn during home for a GSC lean with a Mississippi College Choctaws on Tuesday.

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