Advance turns up heat in second quarter, beats Bloomfield boys basketball 67-50

Advance's Landon Dailey (center) protects the ball while surrounded by a trio of Bloomfield players under his basket during the first quarter Friday night at Advance. Bloomfield's Brandon Wright (Ieft), Nic Carter (back) and Lane Bader (right) pressure Dailey.
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ADVANCE — The Advance boys basketball team turned up the heat in the second quarter.

The Hornets’ full-court pressure helped cause eight Bloomfield turnovers, and they built a 22-point halftime lead en route to a 67-50 SCAA victory Friday night at Advance High School.

“It was about the only quarter where we played well,” Advance coach Bubba Wheetley said. “We played pretty good that quarter. We did a lot of good things. We didn’t shoot the ball that bad.”

After Jamison Dodd scored on a feed inside by Gage McNeil to open the second quarter, the Hornets scored 23 of the next 27 points to take a 42-20 halftime advantage.

The Hornets (5-1, 3-0 SCAA) shot 70% inside the arc in the second, attempting 16 total shots compared to Bloomfield’s seven.

Senior Jack Below ignited the rally with a baseline jumper and a 3-pointer to extend the Hornets’ lead to 24-16.

Freshman Hayden Laird scored the next six points, and Advance took a 30-16 lead. Laird converted a turnover into a layup, sank two free throws and sank a jumper following an offensive rebound.

Bloomfield’s Brandon Wright made two free throws to interrupt the Hornets’ run, but sophomore Jaren Schrader scored on a pass from Below and junior Landon Dailey scored on a steal and layup, pushing their lead to 34-18.

The Wildcats (1-4, 0-1) missed the front ends of back-t0-back one-and-one opportunities before Dodd scored inside to cut Advance’s lead to 34-20.

Bloomfield didn’t score again in the second, and Advance scored eight straight points to take a commanding halftime lead.

Freshman Jack Bailey made a free throw, Hunter Curtis sank a 3-pointer, Dailey scored on a jumper after pass from Below and Laird scored on a layup following a Bloomfield turnover with 4.4 seconds left.

“We didn’t cut at all at times when we were trying to run something on offense,” Bloomfield coach Brandon Crook said. “We were trying to get something out of cutting to the middle of their zone. I felt like we did a decent job of that basically every quarter except that second quarter.”

Three Advance players scored in double figures with Below and Dailey scoring 16 points each. Curtis added 11 and Laird had nine.

Below not only shared team-high honors in scoring but he was a playmaker for his teammates.

“He has to do that,” Wheetley said. “He’s got to be that guy who can get the ball to people. We can’t win with him just scoring a lot.”

The lead changed hands five times and the score was tied once in the first quarter. Bloomfield held leads of 2-0, 4-2, 6-5 and 9-8.

The Hornets took the lead for good when Dailey finished on a pass inside from Below for a 10-9 lead.

Bloomfield cuts its deficit to two (12-10) and three (17-14) before Dailey scored on a pass from Schrader to give the Hornets a 19-14 lead by quarter’s end.

“We’re still trying to work to get better,” Wheetley said. “We’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got a lot of kids in there that I’m playing that are young. They make a lot of mistakes but I’m hoping we get better throughout the year.”

The Wildcats didn’t fold in the second half, outscoring Advance 30-25.

“That’s something we talked about (at halftime),” Crook said. “We wanted to respond. We didn’t want to just roll over. I feel like we did a pretty good job of that. (We) came out and kept fighting and won the second half. That says something about our team.”

Jeffrey Jarrell and Colton Hyslop scored seven points each in the third period for the Wildcats, who trailed 58-37 entering the final quarter.

Bloomfield sliced its deficit to 17 points late behind a 9-0 run that featured a putback by Parker Heaton, a fast-break layup by Jarrell and a 3-pointer by Hyslop, who paced the Wildcats with 13 points.

Dodd joined Hyslop in double figures with 11 points.

“We’ve got to close it out,” Wheetley said. “We tend to lose our intensity. Of course, I did throw some kids in there. … We talked about it at halftime. You’ve got to finish them out and we didn’t.”

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