Swarming Defense Helps The Yellow Jackets To Blowout Win.

Ab Stanley

When the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets took on the Florida A&M Rattlers, you figured one team would take a bunch of shots towards the rim and the other wold do their damage further away from it. In the first half, the teams combined for 44 shots but only nine came from behind the arc. Tech raced out to a 15-5 lead and ended the half on a 13-0 run.

Khalid Moore led the Yellow Jackets in the first half with 10 points on 4-4 shooting. He was able to get wide open for two three pointers, the only player in the game with multiple threes in the half. The Jackets held A&M to just 28.6% shooting from the field in the half, denying them the dribble penetration for easy shots and giving up none of the long range tries.

The Rattlers didn’t fare any better in the second half as the Yellow Jackets kept pouring it on. Coming into the game they were around 40% from three, but we’re held to a lowly 18.2 % by the Jackets. They were clearly thrown off their game, especially since a bunch of their inside shots were blocked or altered by James Banks III, who finished with four blocks to go along with his six points and four rebounds.

A 13 point halftime lead swelled to as many as 35 with Georgia Tech never letting up on the gas. They would win the game in blowout fashion 73-40, leading the way almost the entire game.

Game Notes:
Yellow Jackets leading scorer Brandon Alston finished the game with 15 points while Moore finished with 14 points overall.

The Yellow Jackets finished with 17 fast break points but missed two wide open fast break dunks.

Georgia Tech’s defense came up with 12 steals and seven blocked shots overall.

The Yellow Jackets next game is December 17th at home versus Gardner-Webb University.

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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