Beverly’s 27 points lead Warriors over Vikings, 75-51

Jan. 25, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Tyrek Beverly scored 27 points and Stefan Cates had 17 to lead J.F. Webb to a 75-51 win Saturday over Northern Vance.

The win keeps the Warriors in the middle of the 3-A Big Eight Conference pack with their third league win. Northern has one win in conference play.

“I don’t want to sound cliche, but they’re all as critical as the next game and the next game after that,” said Webb coach Leo Brunelli. “Tonight, was a start.”

Cates landed a ferocious one-handed slam in the third quarter, got fouled on the play and converted the free throw to put the home team up 16. By then the damage had been done though.

Webb jumped out to a 23-10 after the first quarter before Northern opened the second on a 7-0 run.

Cates answered later in the second period by nailing a pair of 3s and the Warriors took a 39-28 lead into halftime.

Webb was without starting point guard Devonte Williams. Northern, too, was without its point guard and leading scorer Tavin Moore.

Tony Bowden also scored in double digits for Webb with 11 points.

The Warriors refer to Bowden as a beast. Brunelli said he’s been working with the senior, also a standout football player, on “unleashing the beast.”

“He might be the best athlete in the conference — that no one even knows about,” Brunelli said of Bowden.

Brunelli also highlighted the tenacity of Tobiah Lewis and Desedric Downey, adding that it was the first time Webb played nine guys and didn’t have a drop-off.

“It may be the start of something special here,” said the Warriors coach.

Kris Haywood and Tommie Reed each had 11 points for Northern with Reed putting on an impressive display on the glass.

Webb wore pink socks for breast cancer awareness along with its purple Team Meghan warmup shirts, honoring sixth-grader and cancer survivor Meghan Bunn of Oxford.

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