Five Big Things: Chesnee Beats Broome in Early Non-Region Play
In the middle of a four game in five day stretch during the first week of regular season play, the Chesnee Eagles came out strong and sustained its lead throughout the game to beat the Broome Centurions by a 78-63 final score. Here are my biggest takeaways from the game.
1-I’ve only seen one game. I know this. But I was very impressed by what Chesnee rolled out with its starting five. Last night, Eli Brown was doing a little bit of everything, pouring in 28 points, hitting four three-pointers, and being very active on the defensive end. Brady Poole is a similarly skilled two-way guard, possessing a lethal pull up jumper and vertical on his way to a 19 point game. His brother Coyle Poole along with Noah Mvula and Daniel Wease filled out the starting lineup and played a majority of the game, in addition to Kaleb Blanton’s minutes off the bench was a solid rotation. Given the grueling schedule to start the season, head coach Zach Baldinelli will have to rely more on the bench to see what he’s got.
2-A lot of this game was sloppy in transition, but I thought the Eagles were active in passing lanes and earned a lot of the steals they got in this one. Sure, Broome gave some away. But between the Poole’s and Mvula in the backcourt, the Chesnee press caused the Centurions some problems and its length should be valuable going forward.
3-Broome looked like a team that is still trying to figure out how to play together. Similar to the last point, the Centurions gave away a lot of turnovers and never could really mount a comeback long enough to tie the game or take the lead. They are very fast and were eager to hit the fast break as soon as they secured the miss or grabbed a steal. It’s just a matter of getting under control in the fast break and being able to finish or get to the line where the Centurions couldn’t quite cash in last night.
4-The Centurions were paced by guards Lance Henderson and Ja’Coreyun Broadus, who especially came alive in the second half. Broadus went a key stretch in the third quarter several buckets in a row along with some steals to pull Broome close to Chesnee, but never quite enough to tie it. Henderson had a team-high 17 points in the loss with Broadus right behind at 14. Center DT Thompson is a monster in the paint and a matchup nightmare for anyone on Broome’s schedule this season, and had 10 points in the game.
5-On a personal note this was my first game of the season and even though the result never really felt in doubt down the stretch, I can’t wait to see these teams and other teams grow and improve throughout the year. I’m looking forward to seeing Chesnee and how they match up with a similarly talented Landrum team at 2A, and how Broome can cause issues with its speed and fast-paced style they showed off last night. Basketball season is here, and I’m fired up to be along for the ride.