By Jay Tidwell/Special to the Journal
NEW ALBANY – Kosciusko focused a bit too much on Moses Kingsley.
While the 6-foot-9 post player was battling multiple defenders, four of his teammates scored in double figures for New Albany and the Bulldogs took down the Whippets 94-70 in their 4A North opener on Tuesday.
“We had a lot of guys who stepped up,” said New Albany coach Brad Gray. “They were centered on Moses. Every time he had the ball, he was doubled and tripled. But he was unselfish enough to give the ball up. And we’ve got guys who can step up.”
Daniel Drummond led all scorers with 22 points, Kingsley logged 15, Eric Chaney and Jarel Lipsey scored 12 apiece and William Harding chipped in 11 for New Albany (18-9).
“We’re not necessarily playing an opponent,” Gray said. “We’re playing basketball, and we’re trying to do what we do better than the other team does what they do.”
Drummond scored eight points in the paint in the first quarter, and helped the Bulldogs build a 14-point lead (26-12) by the end of the period. They led by as many as 29 early in the fourth.
“We knew it would be fast-paced and that we had to control the tempo,” said Drummond, the only senior on the Bulldogs’ roster. “These past few weeks, we’ve really zoned in during practice. We’ve got a goal to accomplish, and it’s to get Jackson and get a gold ball.”
Daquan Forrest led Kosciusko (10-17) with 19.
“I was expecting more from (Kingsley), and so I altered my game plan for jumpshots, and our game is layups,” said Whippets coach Fred Hickmon. “By the time we started getting layups, it was too late. Coach Gray had done an excellent job of preparing for us.”