WEST WHITELAND - The Church Farm School basketball team had not played a game in 10 days and after shaking off some first half rust, limited visiting Devon Prep to just 12 second-half points on 4-for-21 shooting as the Griffins put four men in double figures in a 60-34 BiCentennial League win on Tuesday night.
Church Farm (1-0 Bicentennial, 2-1 overall) got a big game from Andofo Anyam, who led all scorers with 16 points, while Joey Shelton scored 14, to go along with eight rebounds. Tyler Ofray and Mike Mohammed each chipped in with 10 and 13 points respectively.
"We practiced hard and were prepared but when you don't play a game in that long it is tough at first,' Ofray said. "In the first half we did not play our usual style of defense, but we feel we can guard anybody and in the second half and our defense got us going offensively.'
Church Farm shot a hot 24-for-42 on the night and took a 28-22 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Tide's Mike McKenna drilled two long three-pointers to keep Devon (0-1, 2-3) in the game. Shelton was a terror on the boards for the Griffins and Devon saw what else the 6-foot-4, senior can do when he stole a pas in the first five seconds of the third period and went in for a slam dunk, sending the crowd wild.
"I know that defensively I have to guard the other teams best player usually,' Shelton said. "And we lost a lot of height from last years team but on offense we play a big man out and I get to play like a guard. We took over on defense in the second half.'
You could say that, as Church Farm outscored the Tide, 32-12, in the decisive second half. After Shelton's slam to make it a 30-22 game, Mohammed scored on a baseline runner to put the lead at 32-22. McKenna drilled another 3-pointer to make it 32-25, but then the Griffins put the pedal to the metal and pulled away.
An 8-0 Church Farm run to close the period sealed the verdict. Ofray hit a long three pointer, then Shelton scored on a put back. After a Tide turnover, one of Devon's 18 on the night, Anyam scored from inside, got fouled and hit the free throw. The run ended with a Mohammed basket and the Griffins were up by a commanding 40-27, after three periods. Devon Prep shot just 2-for-10 in the third period.
The Griffins consistently were able to get to the rim when they wanted and on the defensive end, Church Farm was all over the Tide players with Shelton closing the door on second shots.
"I was not happy with the way we played in the first half,' Church Farm coach Marc Turner said. "'But, defensively we picked it up in the second half. I never worry about our offense because I know these guys can get to the rim but our game is defense.
"As for Joey Shelton, he has really come on for us. This is his third year in the program and he has gotten better each year. We are counting on him to be one of our leaders this season.'
The Griffins continued their assault in the fourth period, outscoring the Tide, 20-7 to win going away and first-year Devon coach Jason Fisher talked about how quick the Griffins are.
"I think we played well in the first half but their quickness took over,' said Fisher. "It is hard to replicate their quickness in practice and we are not there yet. We hope to be by the next time we play them.'
Church Farm 60
Devon Prep 34
DEVON PREP: McKenna 3 0-0 9, Kohlbrenner 2 3-5 7, Shannon 1 0-0 3, McSurdy 1 2-2 4, Latran 2 0-0 6, Hegarty 1 0-1 2, Bauers 1 0-0 3, Wilhelm 0 0-1 0, Sidor 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 5-9 34.
CHURCH FARM: Anyam 6 4-5 16, Ofray 4 0-0 10, Mohammed 5 0-0 13, Shelton 6 2-2 14, Ogunleye 1 1-1 3, Jeffries 2 0-0 4, Rendle 0 0-0 0, Pile 0 0-0 0, Davis 0 0-0 0, Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 7-8 60.
Devon Prep 10 12 5 7 -- 34
Church Farm 10 18 12 20 -- 60
3-point goals: McKenna 3, Shannon, Bauers, Latran 2, Ofray 2, Mohammed 3.