Kardos Excels, But…

Handley Beats Streaks, 62-49

Posted: December 29, 2012

WINCHESTER – When the Harrisonburg High School boys’ basketball team’s offense breaks down, it’s usually up to Seth Kardos to bail out the possession by creating a shot. Kardos knows it and doesn’t always revel in having that role.

The senior guard wants more help. He didn’t get much Friday.

Kardos scored 25 of his team’s first 37 points, and that wasn’t nearly enough for the Blue Streaks in their 62-49 loss to Handley.

“That would be nice,” Kardos said when asked if he would rather not carry so much of the scoring load. “Because normally the case is, when I’m not playing good, the team isn’t playing good. If we could change that up, that would be great.”

Streaks senior guard Brian Rodriguez, often a double-digit scorer, had an off-night with eight points while being held scoreless in the first half. But he was still Harrisonburg’s second-leading scorer behind Kardos’ 25.

HHS (2-7) shot 20-of-59 (33.9 percent) from the floor, with 11 made field goals from Kardos, three from Rodriguez and just five from the other 11 active players.

“He [Kardos] is right now the only player that knows how to get his shots off within the offense, and it’s surprising,” Harrisonburg first-year coach Scott Joyner said. “I’ve thought about tweaking it, but I don’t want to throw more things at ’em.”

Offense, though, wasn’t the only problem.

Playing without top big man Natajhi Alford – he was suspended for disciplinary reasons, Joyner said – the undersized Streaks were helpless defending 6-foot-7, 225-pound center Cameron Jackson, who finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

“Basically, we just didn’t have an answer for him,” Kardos said. “He was scoring whenever he wanted to. We were trying to get guys in and play better defense and box out. We did better at the end of the game, it was just a little bit too late.”

Harrisonburg is still trying to figure out how to find scoring from someone other than Kardos in Joyner’s flex offense – a scheme that Joyner said emphasizes balanced scoring – and Friday was at best a learning experience. The Judges (9-1) lost six players from last year’s Division 3 state quarterfinal run of a year ago and were missing three starters Friday, but they still outplayed the Streaks – especially inside with Jackson’s size advantage.

“Look down inside, take care of your advantage,” Handley coach Tom Dixon said of his team’s game plan. “That’s what we were looking for. Cameron was bigger than anybody else.”

HHS came closest to striking distance when Rodriguez scored his first points on a runner early in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 29-20. But Handley responded with the next seven points, then led by as many as 21 in the fourth.

Kardos, who’s been leading Harrisonburg while playing through a painful ankle injury, had 11 of his team’s 16 first-half points. He said his team sometimes “gets stuck” and doesn’t know what to do in Joyner’s new scheme.

But Kardos is confident his teammates will figure it out soon.

“I think we’ll gel eventually, and we should be able to get pretty good in the next few district games,” he said.

NOTE: The Harrisonburg-Amherst County game originally scheduled for today at the two-day Handley invitational was postponed because of a threat of snow. A date and location has not been determined.

HARRISONBURG

Rodriguez 3 2-2 8, Williams 1 0-0 3, Kardos 11 3-4 25, Royer 1 0-0 3, Johnson 1 0-2 2, Phillips 0 0-0 0, Shifflett 0 0-0 0, Hayes 0 0-0 0, Sampson 2 1-1 5, Kirkland 1 0-0 3, Whitelow 0 0-0 0, Measell 0 0-0 0, Cruz 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-9 49.

HANDLEY

Brown 2 0-0 5, Rudolph 2 0-0 6, Wigley 1 0-0 2, Coyne 0 1-2 1, Gloster 2 0-0 4, Morgan 1 0-0 2, Robinson 2 0-0 4, Dearing 2 0-0 4, Gibson 2 0-0 4, Jackson 12 1-4 25, Ambers 0 3-4 3. Totals 26 7-16 62.

Harrisonburg       5      11     14     19  - 49           
Handley               15      12     17     18  - 62
    
     
3-Point Goals—Harrisonburg 3 (Williams 1, Royer 1, Kirkland 1), Handley 3 (Brown 1, Rudolph 2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Harrisonburg 35 (Alford 8), Handley 37 (Jackson 16). Total Fouls—Harrisonburg 12, Handley 10.
 



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