Talent implies potential, but talent doesn’t necessarily describe a physical attribute.
Godby boys basketball coach Andy Colville thinks his young team has talent, but what the Cougars also have is length, something FAMU High found itself lacking Tuesday night.
Behind a strong second half and superior rebounding, the lengthy Cougars scored a 74-56 win over the visiting Rattlers. Godby (2-1) outrebounded FAMU High (1-2) by a 44-26 margin and parlayed the extra opportunities into high percentage post scoring.
“We’ve always tried to play extremely aggressive,” Colville said. “I think we were a little soft in the first half, but in the second half we took over a little bit on the boards. But we had a size advantage. First half, we were taking a lot of outside shots. Those shots will be there, but it’s not what we want. It’s fool’s gold.”
Godby led at half by just four points, 32-28, with FAMU High guards J.T. Escobar and Tre Anderson combining for 25 first half points.
But with the Cougars employing a full court man-to-man defense, the easier buckets that existed in the first half became more hurried shot selections in the second, which favored the rebounding advantage of Godby.
“I think we wore them down,” Colville said.
“They have two big time scorers. We were going to try to make the other ones beat us. I think Escobar’s been averaging 40, so we cut him in half and that was about the difference.”
Escobar, a Maclay transfer, finished with 19 points and Anderson scored 28 with the help of five 3-pointers, but only four other Rattlers inked any scoring contributions.
“It’s just practice,” FAMU High coach Gene Granger said. “The more we practice, the better we’ll be.”
Quan Jackson scored 16 to lead Godby, dropping in 11 of those points during a third-quarter surge to take control of the game.
“He’s only a 10th grader and he’s not always pretty,” Colville said.
“Half the time I’m screaming at him and think he has just four points and I go look and he has like 15 or something. He gets a couple little layups here, a 3 here. He just finds a way to throw the ball in the goal.”
The Cougars picked up eight other solid and even contributions from their deep and young unit. Quan Patterson had eight points and nine rebounds from one forward spot, while amassed Londell King nine points and eight rebounds from his.
After a rebuilding year last year, Colville is optimistic early about a fourth trip in his tenure to Lakeland for the state tournament.
“This year, we’ll have a chance,” he said. “Only two years ago, we won it. It’s always our goal.”