His players lived up to that mantra Wednesday night in their 62-46 win over Warhill.
Daniel Jones led Bruton in scoring with 16 points, shooting 7-for-12 from the floor. Zack Calloway added 14 points off the bench. Jalen Carr tallied eight points, four reounds, and five assists. Jimmel Davis led the way with 10 points for Warhill, scoring all of them in the second half.
The key to the game was the Panthers’ full-court pressure, which forced 28 Warhill turnovers.
“The way I see it, your defense is your offense,” Carter said. “If you play hard-nosed defense, they’ll turn the ball over and we can score.”
The press led to a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter for the Panthers. But even down 21 at the half, the score did not intimidate Warhill coach Justin Hayes.
“We’ve been behind in every first quarter this year,” Hayes said. “And we’ve been down at the half in two of our three games. They gave us chances, we just didn’t take advantage of them.”
The Lions made a valiant effort in the second half, cutting the deficit to 12 at one point, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Warhill is now 2-2 on the season. The win moves Bruton to 2-0.
Though the Panthers have won each of their first two games, Carter acknowledged his players are still learning to play as a team. A number of Bruton’s players are coming over from the football team and are still adjusting to being on the court.
“The group is just starting to understand our philosophy,” he said. “But we’re coming along.”
Carter said the team’s character will be tested as they play their first road game this Friday against York.
“York High School is not an easy place to play,” he said. “We might get some calls at home we won’t get over there, but we have to keep believing in the system.”
BRUTON 62 WARHILL 46
Bruton 14 21 11 16 — 62
Warhill 4 10 10 22 — 46
Bruton: Jones (16), Calloway (14), Edwards (11), Carr (8), J. Taylor (3), Kissoon (3), Florence (3), Blow (2), Danek (1), Adkins (1)
Warhill: Davis (10), Stovall (7), Dedmon (7), Belle (6), Cretney (4), D. Cook (5), R. Cook (3), Lipscomb (2), Anzola (2)
— Christopher Williams
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