GALLATIN - The Gallatin Green Wave opened Tuesday night’s non-district contest on a roll and never looked back as Gallatin crushed East Robertson 67-42.
The Green Wave opened the game on a 28-4 run before the first quarter ended, seemingly putting the game to bed before the halftime buzzer.
“I thought we played really well in the first half,” Gallatin head coach Bobby Luna said. “I thought we did a good job of extending our defense in the half court and offensively we made some shots early to get us on a roll.”
In the first half Gallatin converted five of their seven 3-point field goals including two from Ethan Rogers.
Gallatin also added in 40 paint points and seven offensive rebounds.
“I’m very pleased with our paint points because that has been a place we have struggled,” Luna added. “I thought our kids executed well tonight.”
In total, 11 different players scored for Gallatin Tuesday night and everyone saw the floor.
“Getting the young guys experience is great because there is nothing like live reps,” Luna said. “It also gives us a chance to see what they do on film. Tonight was great experience for our younger guys.”
Luna’s mention of struggles reference the inability to convert layups inside the paint at Portland last week, something much improved Tuesday night.
“I thought we did a much better job of converting tonight,” he said. “We missed eight layups in Portland so that was one thing we wanted to see us improve tonight. I also didn’t think we played with much enthusiasm in Portland but tonight it was much better.”
On the other end for East Robertson, the first half was one to forget as they trailed 44-11 at the end of the first half.
“We just didn’t take care of the ball and were not mentally prepared from the start,” head coach Kurt Canton said. “We didn’t take the time to prepare for tonight and it showed. It’s hard to run anything when you can’t get the ball in. Credit to Gallatin for getting us out of what we wanted to do.”
In the second half things were much better for East, scoring 16 points in the paint, securing six offensive rebounds, and draining four 3-point field goals.
“When the ball goes in your confidence goes up but they had a substantial lead on us,” Canton added. “When you play from behind like we did tonight you have nothing to lose. Hands down we got the brakes beat off us tonight.”
Boys Box Score
Gallatin (67): Jack Richardson 10, Ethan Rogers 10, Ty Martin 8, Charlie Hale 8, Noah Ring 8, Jimem Lual 5, Montez Banks 4, AJ Davis 4, Preston Mincey 4, Cade Martin 4, Caleb Pinkerton 2.
East Robertson (42): Daltyn Hammonds 14, Darion Shannon 11, Daniel Iwanowski 5, Scott Wiggins 5, Van True 4, Ryan Luckett 2, Carson Searcy 1.