Hansley paces Knights
Teandre Hansley wasn’t completely to blame for his drop in point production last season.
“He averaged about 17 points a game as a sophomore but kind of faded away with some injuries as a junior, and didn’t play a lot,” SHS basketball coach Troy Johnson said.
Well, Hansley may be back. The senior guard poured in over half of Stratford’s points in its season opener last Tuesday, pacing the Knights in a 53-49 overtime victory over Ashley Ridge.
His 3-pointer from the top of the key at the regulation horn forced the extra session, and he iced it with a pair of clutch free throws in the closing seconds of overtime. He finished with 27 points.
“That’s what we expect from him,” Johnson said. “He’s a senior. He should be our leading scorer this season.”
Vernon Lowndes added 17 points for the Knights (1-0), who are at Hanahan on Dec. 5 in their second game. The Timberland contest, originally scheduled for this past Friday, was moved into mid-December.
Romelo Doctor had 17 points to lead Ashley Ridge.
The Foxes led 45-41 in the final 15 seconds before Lowndes nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to cut Stratford’s deficit to 45-44.
After Ashley Ridge grabbed a 47-44 lead on a pair of free throws by DJ Stevens with 9.7 seconds left, Stratford guard Markel Epps raced down the floor and handed off on the wing to Hansley.
Hansley then worked around a screen by Demetre Rivers and lifted one up that banked in at the horn to force OT.
His free throws with 9.1 seconds left in OT iced it for the Knights.
“I’ve got to give credit to the kids,” Johnson said. “They played hard. It was the first time in a while we executed like that. We played four quarters.”
“I will take an ugly win any day over a pretty loss,” he added.