Herkimer Five runs past Timberwolves 74-46
Herkimer, NY – The Generals used a balanced attack and scrappy defense to defeat the Timberwolves of SUNY Adirondack 74-46 on Saturday afternoon. Head Coach Matt Lee's troops are now 2-0 on the young season.
Adirondack opened the contest with a three-pointer. Mike Thomas got Herkimer going with a field goal. The visiting Timberwolves upped their lead to 5-2, but soon the Generals took control of the game.
3It was a festive afternoon on the Herkimer hardwood. The All-Starz cheerleaders made their season debut, adding spirit and lively gymnastics to the event.
Photo: The All-Starz help introduce the Generals
Herkimer got good offensive efforts and alert, tough defense from every General on the court, but they were missing more shots than usual. The visitors drained two threes to keep things close at 13-11, but then the home side stepped up their offense.
Thomas intercepted an Adirondack pass at midcourt, then dashed in and scored. 26-16 Herkimer. On the next play, Thomas was on the run again and sent home a lovely two-handed dunk. 28-26.
A sweet three from the left corner by Dequan Jefferson and two free throws by Johnnie Davis added to the Herkimer ledger. The score at halftime was 35-22.
Photo: Mike Thomas dunks in first-half action
The second half began with a spectacular play. Guard Jerome Floyd passed to Demetrius Mitchell on the right wing. Mitchell saw Thomas in the right spot and sent a perfect alley-oop pass to the far side of the backboard. Thomas went up high and stuffed the ball, to the home crowd's great delight. (See video below.)
That Mitchell-Thomas play got the Herkimer offense into a higher gear. They had a 15-point lead and were not satisfied with it. Every General got into the game, and every General made a contribution. The final score was 74-46.
Photo: Demetrius Mitchell was once again a key man at both ends of the court
The squad will have just two days of rest. They will host the Christian Redemption Academy in a 7:00 p.m. game on Monday, November 5.
Nick Scribe, website writer
Herkimer scoring: Davis 4, Floyd 3, Whittingham 5, Brown 1, Mitchell 6, Clark 2, Hunt 5, Lanieri 6, Jefferson 15, Thomas 15, Feiler 12 – Total 74