WESTPORT — It’s a matter of picking your poison when it comes to playing the Greens Farms Academy boys basketball team.
The Dragons can beat you with their inside game or from the outside, and against King they buried nine 3-pointers in the first half to grab a 41-28 lead en route to a 73-51 victory in FAA play on Thursday at the Coyle Gymnasium.
“They (King) didn’t have a lot of size and were protecting the rim,” GFA coach Doug Scott said. “And we have some guys who can shoot.”
Greens Farms definitely has shooters and was led by Cole Prowitt-Smith, who finished with 23 points (18 in the first half with four 3-pointers) and three assists; Henry Holzinger with 12 points (all in the first half) and six assists; Bennett Close with 11 points; and Greg Lawrence with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
For King, Lavaughn Lewis had a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Evan Henry chipped in with 15 points.
The Dragons were running and gunning early and often and raced out to leads of 23-9, 28-12, 30-17 and 38-26 before a 3-pointer by Holzinger just before the halftime horn gave them a 13-point edge.
“(King head coach) Greg Dobbs is a master tactician, so you have to take what he gives you and sometimes it’s just playground because he’s wrecking what you want to do,” Scott said. “Sometimes we have fun with it.”
Dobbs said any time it looked like his team would go on a run to stem the tide, the Dragons would answer.
“When you give up nine 3-pointers in the first half, it puts you in a big hole,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a few kids back for the next time we play them, with one out sick and another out with a concussion, and we’ll learn from this.”
Greens Farms kept King at bay in the second half and was led by Close’s eight points with two 3-pointers.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Cole Prowitt-Smith, GFA. Led the Dragons with 23 points and three assists.
GFA jumped out to a 20-9 lead after two free throws by Lawrence to stake the Dragons to a 20-9 lead with 11:11 on the clock in the first half and they never looked back.
“It was huge (to get out to a lead),” said Prowitt-Smith, who was playing in his third game back from an injury and missed the last few weeks. “We always stress getting out to a good start and hopefully we’ll continue that as the season goes on.”
“Coach tells us to take what the defense gives us and when we see the defense dropping off, we’re ready to shoot the ball and we were on tonight so it was good,” Holzinger said.
Greg Lawrence, GFA. The big man for the Dragons had a solid all-around game with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Greens Farms hosts Hopkins on Friday at 5 p.m. while King plays Rye Country Day next week.
GFA 73, KING 51
KING (2-10, 1-4 FAA)
Lavaughn Lewis 6 6-6 18, Matt Garavel 1 2-2 4, Alex Canevari 3 0-0 7, Evan Henry 6 1-1 15, Jake Cohen 2 0-0 5, Paul Noujaim 1 0-0 2, Dylan McMorrow 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-11 51.
GFA (6-6, 4-2)
Cole Prowitt-Smith 8 3-3 23, Greg Lawrence 4 2-2 10, Henry Holzinger 4 0-0 12, Bennett Close 4 0-0 11, Teddy Brown 0 0-0 0, Max Mitchell 2 0-0 4, David Basich 1 0-0 2, Jack Seegers 1 0-0 2, TJ Holloway 1 0-0 3, Kobi Agard 0 0-0 0, Jack Ramsay 0 0-0 0, Brady Reynolds 2 1-1 6. Totals 27 6-6 73.
KING 28 23—51
GFA 41 32 —73
3-pointers: GFA – Holzinger 4, Prowitt-Smith 4, Close 3, Holloway, Reynolds. King -Henry 2, Canevari Cohen.