Cards Flying In East
Hind, Wakefield Spur Randolph To Eighth Win In League
RANDOLPH — Randolph coach Kevin Hind took it upon himself to craft the toughest non-league schedule that he could find for his team, and the results of that hard work paid dividends in league play Tuesday evening.
After opening up an early lead on CCAA Division 1 East opponent Gowanda (12-5, 5-4), the Cardinals were able to fight off a 10-point run from the Panthers at the start of the third quarter to claim a 69-61 win and remain perfect at 8-0 in league play while improving to 11-7 overall.
It was senior captain Nate Brawdy who catalyzed Gowanda’s run with an assist, an inside jumper and a 3-pointer to tie things at 40, but Tyler Hind wasted no time in responding with back-to-back 3s of his own to keep Randolph in the driver’s seat through the final quarter of play.
“They battle all the way back and you have composure to come down and hit back-to-back 3s and make a couple of good plays and hit some free throws and put the game away, that’s awesome,” Hind said following the win. “We didn’t come out with very much energy to start that (quarter), and we talked about it. They weren’t here to give up, they’ve had some injuries themselves, they’re good, Brawdy is good. They had a run left in them. They brought it all the way back to tie it on our home court and we responded, and that was really the best part of the night.”
While it was Hind’s outside shooting that helped Randolph push through after halftime, the sophomore’s 23-point night began with some gritty work in the paint.
The Cardinals offense was firing on all cylinders early, as Kaleb Steward finished off a pair of drives in the lane while Calvin George banged home a trey to give the hosts an 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Ture Hassler was able to fire back for the Panthers in the first eight minutes, first dishing an assist to Nolan Rosier before hitting back-to-back inside shots.
“They came out sort of looking like they didn’t expect to win in the first (quarter) and Randolph is a good team,” Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine said. “We just have to have a little heart to rebound, rebounds are a man’s game. You can’t just expect the ball to come into your lap. Randolph sends kids to the boards and they were getting them, they out-hustled us.”
The Cardinals offensive rebounding in particular caused trouble for Bobseine’s team in the second quarter, led by the inside play of Andy Bernard and George who would both finish with eight boards and a pair of steals.
Adding to the problems down low was strong outside shooting from Isaac Wakefield, who would end his night with six 3s for 20 points.
Entering halftime in an eight-point hole, Gowanda was able to muster it’s strength when it needed it the most.
“The difference was, for the first time all year we came out with some intensity,” Bobseine said. “That was our best half, the second half that we played, and then the Hind kid showed that he’s a good player and hit two 3s in a row off a screen from 4 or 5 feet behind the arc and that was the difference. It was tied up when he hit those two shots and we had shut him down in the second half and had him frustrated. But he came through in the end when they needed him to, showed he’s a good player.”
After Hind was able to dash the initial hopes of a comeback, the Cardinals continued to fire home shots from beyond the arc while Gowanda was forced to settle for inside buckets from the likes of Brawdy, Rosier and Hassler.
NOTES: Brawdy would end his night with a team-high 23 points while Hassler would finish with 19. … Hind’s performance included eight assists and two steals. … Steward dished out five assists and finished with nine points.
Rosier 4 0 9, Brawdy 10 3 23, MaCleod 2 0 4, Hassler 8 2 19, RJohn 2 1 6, Smuda 0 0 0. Totals 26 6 61.
Steward 4 0 9, Hind 9 2 23, Wakefield 6 2 20, McCoy 3 0 6, Bernard 1 0 2, George 3 0 9, Sherman 0 0 0. Totals 26 4 69.
3-point goals–Rosier, Hassler, RJohn, Steward, Hind 3, Wakefield 6, George 3.
Gowanda 9 16 18 18 — 61
Randolph 17 20 13 18 — 69