Polk County Middle’s boys basketball approach this season revolves around pressure on both ends of the court.
Offensively, the Wolverines look to push the ball up the floor on every possession. Defensively, Polk Middle tosses a couple of different presses at opponents as well as aggressive man-to-man defense.
Monday showed the benefits of that approach as Polk Middle thumped Brevard Middle, 42-12, in a Blue Ridge Conference basketball matchup at Polk Middle.
The Wolverines (2-3) turned a five-point halftime lead into a 19-point bulge by the end of the third period in large part thanks to its defensive pressure. Polk Middle forced a number of turnovers in the half-court area, converting those into layups and fouls on the offensive end.
Three free throws by Wyatt Cooley upped the margin to 18-8, with Keaundrae Green then scoring off a rebound and Lawson Carter hitting a 3-pointer as the Wolverines surged to a 27-8 lead by quarter’s end.
Cooley opened the fourth period with a steal and layup and Polk Middle built the margin throughout the fourth quarter.
Cooley had 11 points to lead Polk Middle, with Antonio Simpson and Green each scoring six and Carter scoring five. Gunnar Alm had four points, with Avery Hensley and Avery Harden each finishing with three. Banks Barber and Isaiah Spears each added two points for Polk.
The Wolverines wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule on Thursday, traveling to Rugby Middle.