DOWNINGTOWN - You really cannot start a boys basketball season any better than Downingtown East High School did Friday night. East got a huge game from superlative sophomore Cary Angeline, who scored a game-high 27 points to go along with 14 rebounds.
But the Cougars got scoring from eight different players, and received a gem of a floor game from guard Kyle Tucker, who scored eight points to go along with nine assists. Tucker consistently set up the Downingtown East offense and led them on the break when Ben Franklin turned the ball over. It all added up to a easy 78-56 Cougar win.
"My job is to get the ball into the right spots for our offense,' Tucker said. "We have confidence in our half court game or when we are on the break. This was a great win for us because it was a blowout win. It gets our confidence up and it sets us up well for the rest of our season.'
Downingtown East (1-0) broke open a close game in the second period, outscoring the Electrons, 22-9, to open up a 34-22 halftime lead. The run started when Tucker stripped Will Taylor and fed Cary Angeline for a layup. Tucker then fed Jake Truchan for an easy layup. then, Ryley Angeline came down with a rebound started up court and fed the ball to Andrew Crum. Crum buried the first of his three three-balls for a 26-15 Cougar lead.
"We will go as far this season as Kyle Tucker takes us,' Downingtown East coach John Goodman said. "He sets up our offense and he's a great athlete that is going to play lacrosse at one of the top programs in the country at Salisbury University.'
Ben Franklin shot just 10-of-27 in the first half and turned the ball over nine times in the second period, leading to some Cougar run outs for easy baskets. The only effective weapon the Electrons had was point guard Taylor, who led Ben Franklin with 18 points.
The third period saw East put the game away. The Cougars shot 10-of-15 in the period, and outscored Franklin 26-12 to take a 60-34 lead after three periods. Marquan Gallimore scored all of his eight points in the period, on 3-of-3 shooting. Two of Gallimore's baskets were three-balls.
The second of Gallimore's three-balls gave East a 43-26 lead. Meanwhile, Cary Angeline and his brother Ryley were clearing every rebound available and scoring easy buckets in transition. to go along with Cary's 27 points, Ryley added 16 of his own and played a very strong game on the glass. Downingtown East killed Ben Franklin on the glass and the Cougars shot 31-for-54 on the night.
After Tucker went strong to the basket for a 53-34 lead, Ryley Angeline scored in tight for a 55-34 lead and the Electrons juice was shut off.
"We came out and played solid basketball,' Cary Angeline said. "Our defense set up our offense in the second period because we worked so hard to get stops. This was a good win for us and I feel we have a better team than we had last year and hope to have a good season.'
Goodman was happy with the win and he talked about his special sophomore, Angeline.
"Cary is a great athlete in the sense that he has a great basketball mind and he has great feet,' said Goodman. "His footwork is very good. I mean, he is 6-foot-8, and he can go 90 feet with a rebound and score at the other end.'
Downingtown East 78, Ben Franklin 56
BEN FRANKLIN: Taylor 8 2-4 18, Alexander 5 0-0 10, Saunders 4 1-2 9, Flores 3 0-0 6, Young 2 1-2 5, Horton 3 0-0 6, Bacon 1 0-0 3, Lane 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 5-9-56.
DOWNINGTOWN EAST: C.Angeline 11 5-8 27, R.Angeline 7 2-2 16, Crum 3 0-0 9, Gallimore 3 0-0 8, Tucker 4 0-0 8, Grove 1 3-4 5, Munro 1 1-2 3, Truchan 1 0-0 2, Feamster 0 0-2 -0, Domieier 0 0-0 0, Patel 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 11-20-78.
Ben Franklin 13 9 12 22 - 56
Downingtown East 12 22 26 19 - 78
3-point goals: Crum 3, Gallimore 2.