Prep basketball: Saks scores third area victory of the week
by Chris Brown
Special to The Star
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SAKS — The Saks High boys faced three Class 3A, Area 10 basketball games this week, including two on back-to-back nights to end it.

The Wildcats opened with a victory over White Plains, then sank a three-point basket at the buzzer to beat Piedmont — both on the road — before upending Weaver 75-52 on Friday night.

“Anytime you can win area games while beating quality teams, you feel good,” said Saks coach Jonathan Miller, whose team is now 4-1 in Area 10. “We have been playing better of late, and had to play well tonight in order to beat a good team in Weaver.”

No player on the floor shinned brighter than Daniel Heard. The forward opened his started his night by dishing out an assist to Monty Young to put the Wildcats on the scoreboard. After that, everyone else started passing him the ball, and it paid off.

He finished with 34 points and 16 rebounds. He shot 81 percent (17 of 21) from the field, including three dunks that brought the crowd to its feet.

“I feed off the crowd, because they give me a lot of energy,” Heard said.

Added Miller: “He came out tonight and had a good night as well as the rest of our team. When he’s locked in and playing, he’s tough. When he’s going well, we are usually going well as a team.”

Roc Green added 12 points and five assists. Despite being in foul trouble early, Young bounced back to finish with 11 points and six rebounds. A night after hitting a game-winner, Darien Coleman chipped in with nine points and six assists.

“I hope we haven’t peaked yet,” Miller said. “With the late start because of our football season, I hope we can peak a little bit later in the season when it matter most.”

“Hopefully, we can keep playing well.”

For Weaver, guard Chris English was the only player in double figures. The senior finished was 24 points, six rebounds and five steals. Timothy Hawkins was the next highest scorer with seven points and five rebounds.

The Wildcats held a 35-28 halftime lead, before outscoring the Bearcats by 12 in the third quarter, where they ultimately put the game away.

“We just wanted to keep doing some of the things that were working in the first half,” Miller said. “We’ve struggled to start the third quarter, in a lot of games, so we talked about that, and we wanted to make sure we came out with some intensity.”

Saks girls 52, Weaver 15: Just about the only thing that didn't go the Saks Wildcats' way Friday night was the opening tip.

The Lady Wildcats opened the game on an 11-0 run, before the Bearcats could find their way on the scoreboard.

In response, Saks went on another 14-0 run, that stretched over into the second quarter, to put the game out of reach for Weaver.

“Something I told them I wanted to work on today was, when it really matters, I want to be able to run through the offense, and get everyone a touch on the ball,” Saks coach Michelle Lively said. "I think, right now, we are getting use to one pass and a shot. I want to be able to stay in our offense a little bit longer.”

Every Wildcats player scored at least two points, with Maiya Northard taking high-scorer honors with 11 points. She added five rebounds and five steals. Daja Johnson added nine points, and Tatanya Jenkins chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds.

“It’s always good to get a win right before county. It gets everyone’s spirits up,” Lively said. “I think our county is probably one of the best in the state.”

For Weaver, Emily Reed led the way with five points, and Rayne Beck finished with four points. Keara Scott added four points and six rebounds. Seuqonda Brown had eight blocks.

“It’s good to win by doing the things you want done: playing the right defenses, playing the spots on defense, and playing great offense,” Lively said.
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