University High’s 1-2 punch of LSU signee Wayde Sims and Jalen Johnson took turns the first two quarters carrying the team’s scoring load.
Then in the third quarter they combined to help the Cubs effectively distance themselves from Glen Oaks and stand atop the District 6-3A standings.
Johnson and Sims combined for 47 overall points, including 19 during a third quarter blitz, that carried U-High to a dominating 69-39 victory Friday over Glen Oaks at Pennington-McKernan Gymnasium.
“When Jalen gets going and you have him and Wayde on the same side (of the floor), it can be really tough on defenses,” U-High coach Joe Spencer said. “They play so well together. I thought they did a real good job.”
Sims scored 14 of his game-high 25 points during the second quarter, while Johnson had 13 of his 22 in the third quarter when the senior tandem combined for 21 of the Cubs’ 23 points, stretching the team’s advantage to 53-22.
For the second straight game U-High (15-3, 2-0) limited a district opponent to less than 40 points. The Cubs shot 66 percent for the game, forced 15 turnovers and held the Panthers (12-8, 2-1) to 17 percent shooting in the first half and 33 percent overall.
Forward Dontrell McQuarter was Glen Oaks’ lone double-digit scorer with 14 points.
“For the most part, I thought the defense was pretty solid,” Spencer said. “In the second half, we started playing great on the offensive end and we didn’t want any slippage on the defensive end.”
Not to worry, U-High turned a sizable 30-13 halftime lead into a 31-point advantage (53-22) heading into the fourth quarter.
With Johnson making three of his four 3-pointers to spark U-High’s 8-of-11 shooting in the third quarter, Sims found additional space to work in the post with four field goals and a pair of free throws.
Sophomore forward Kyle Ross provided the only points outside of Sims and Johnson in the quarter with a slam dunk with 20 seconds left — a sequence that started with a steal from Sims.
Two minutes into the fourth quarter the night was over for Sims and Johnson with U-High leading 57-24. Sims slammed home an alley-oop from Marshall Graves before the Cubs went on to build a 62-24 on a basket from Ross, who finished with eight.
“We’ll keep working and see if we can build on the positives and get better,” Glen Oaks coach Harvey Adger said. “These guys are going to beat a lot of people by 20-30 points.”