After suffering a disappointing loss to St. John Bosco (Calif.) over the weekend at the Chicago Elite Classic, Young coach Tyrone Slaughter was anxious to see how his team would bounce back. The Dolphins responded with an 86-55 victory Monday at Westinghouse in their Red-West opener.
The game was all but over in the second period when a jumper from Paul White with 3:50 remaining gave the Dolphins a 32-16 lead. No. 4 Young went into halftime with a commanding 43-28 advantage.
White, a 6-9 forward, led all scorers with 25 points, including 18 in the first half. He also finished the game with nine rebounds.
With Young up 57-35 in the third period, Slaughter began putting in his reserves.
"I knew it would be tough coming back after that loss, but I am pleased with the way they responded," Slaughter said . "It wasn't about the score. It was about our execution."
Slaughter also praised White.
"So much of what we do is depending on how Paul plays. He came out today and showed the type of player that he is -- as he goes we go."
White, who is recovering from arm surgery, is confident his game will continue to improve.
"I expect to play even better as the season goes on," White said. "I want to get back to the level that I was playing over the summer with my AAU team, Mean Streets, before I had surgery on my arm."
Despite the loss, Westinghouse coach Bill Curry said he liked the fight his team displayed.
"It was important for us to come out and show that we belonged on the court with them," said Curry. "We are trying to build a program and we want to let teams know that we will compete."
Jahlil Okafor had 15 points and eight rebounds for Young and Miles Reynolds finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.