Stringer's Omarion Bridges and Reece King complemented one another in the paint against Piney Woods Friday night, and the Red Devils completely dominated the Tornadoes at home, 58-30.
Bridges and King paced the Devils in rebounds and scoring as Stringer ran away with the game in the first half.
“That's a good two-man group,” Stringer head coach Bryce Randall said of the duo. “Omarion makes us go. He can change the pace, he can shoot it, he can do whatever you want. Reece can play from the inside, out. He just needs to realize how big he is.”
The Devils built a 21-6 cushion in the first period after Bridges hit a layup, followed by two free throws the next trip down the court end the first. King found Bridges on the opening play of the second period for a big alley-oop layup, and the onslaught continued from there. Stringer had grabbed a 41-13 lead by the half, and cruised in the second half with a lot of younger players on the floor. The Devils led 52-20 at the end of the third, and cashed in six points in the final period to finish things off.
Bridges finished with a game-high 26 points. King had 9 points and was instrumental pulling down rebounds and dishing out assists in the paint. Matthew McCallum and Isaiah Morgan both finished with 5 points in the effort.
Randall said he was pleased with the way his team competed Friday night, but he is wanting them to play more like the team he knows they can be on a consistent level.
“We played pretty well tonight. We could have played a little better during the first quarter on defense. We gave up some long passes for them to get some layups. But, other than that, we shut them down in the second quarter and from then on out,” he said. “I just need them to play with a little more control and with more confidence.”
The Red Devils will travel to Mt. Olive Tuesday night for a Region 7-1A matchup.