HYATTSVILLE – Gregg Boyd scored a game-high 23 points to catapult the Parkdale Panthers to a 65-53 victory over the Potomac School Panthers Wednesday night. Boyd scored 14 of his 23 points the second half, including four three pointers. Boyd also had five assists on the night. “For these past six games, my shot was off […]
HYATTSVILLE – Gregg Boyd scored a game-high 23 points to catapult the Parkdale Panthers to a 65-53 victory over the Potomac School Panthers Wednesday night.
Boyd scored 14 of his 23 points the second half, including four three pointers. Boyd also had five assists on the night.
“For these past six games, my shot was off so I couldn’t hit nothing,” Boyd said. “Yesterday, I just got in the gym and shot the ball. Then today I came out hot.”
On one possession Boyd got the ball with six seconds left on the shot clock. Boyd used a few crossover dribbles and sized his man up. Boyd’s dribbles couldn’t get him by his man, so he was forced to take a pull-up jump shot. Boyd stepped back to 23 feet and hoisted an off balance three point shot that got nothing but net.
Despite his hot shooting, Boyd said he was happy about the team’s overall performance, not just his own. The team played together to get the win, he said.
“I think we played more as a team,” Boyd said. “We got the ball moving while executing. All of our players were able to knock down their shots because they were wide open.”
Potomac tried to implement various defensive pressure schemes against Boyd and Parkdale throughout the game. They tried a half-court pressure scheme late in the first half and went full-court press when Parkdale extended its lead in the second half.
Boyd said he and his teammates did a decent job of handling Potomac’s pressure, but could have done better. Boyd’s coach, Tremaine Price, agreed.
“I thought we played pretty well, we just have to be more consistent,” Price said.
Price said teams struggle to play at a high level consistently during the summer because of a lack of continuity, but he thought the team performed well against Potomac.
“It’s summer, so I get a different five each day,” Price said. “The continuity, it hasn’t really been there, but today we were able to get some good looks because we moved the ball…Besides the couple of times we took quick shots, I thought we did a great job moving the ball and getting it to the middle, and being able to kick out for easy threes.”
On the defensive end, Price said his team could’ve performed better, but will improve with experience. “We got some guys from JV that are moving up for the first time on varsity,” Price said. “They’re still in that mode where they move at their own pace where you have to move when the ball moves. For our guys being as young as they are, they’ll come to understand that you have to play every possession,” Price said.
Price said he was not surprised by Boyd’s performance.
“It’s what I expect, he’s a great shooter. When he starts hitting his shots, that means you have to press up,” Price said. “He knows how to use his body to get passed you to have drop-offs to one of the bigs.”
Even more than the shooting, Price said he was proud of Boyd’s passing passing effort.
“It was something that we talked about,” Price said. “He understands that to be a great point guard you have to make great passes and get it to the right people.”