Orr coach Lou Adams Sr. was desperate to find a spark for his team. Fortunately he has quite an arsenal of choices at his disposal.
“Everybody is always just one injury away, but we’re probably the deepest team in the city, especially now that we’re close to getting all of our players,” the Orr coach said.
Eight of the nine players who saw action Wednesday scored as the No. 7 Spartans overcame an extremely sluggish start to overpower host Westinghouse 56-43 and remain on the heels of No. 2 Young in the Red-West conference race.
Sire Carroll, the talented Farragut transfer who has been worked slowly into the Spartans’ rotation, scored nine of his 11 points in the second half to lead the Spartans. “Carroll was All-City at Farragut,” Adams Sr. said. “He can score, and he’s very talented offensively.”
Orr (15-2, 6-1) appeared to be running in quicksand for most of the first half against the energized Warriors. Adams Sr. had to call an uncharacteristic two timeouts in the first half to focus his team. “With all of these snow days, we hadn’t been in the gym for the last three or four days, and we had no legs in that first half,” Adams Sr. said.
Westinghouse guard Terry Alboyd completed a four-point play off a trey from the right wing to give the Warriors their largest lead, 17-9, midway through the second quarter. Marlon Jones, Orr’s 6-8 do-it-all senior center, keyed the Spartans’ second-quarter success. His stat line was modest, with just six points and six rebounds.
He made three spectacular blocks in that second quarter to spark fast-break opportunities and allow Orr to punch out a 13-4 run for the Spartans’ narrow, 22-21 lead at the break.
“I had to do something to make my presence felt, because I was really messing up on the offensive end and I just wanted to make positive plays out there,” Jones said.
Orr found itself in the third quarter. Carroll’s three-point play ignited a 7-0 run and junior reserve guard Darryl Curry drilled back-to-back three-pointers as the Spartans seized a 37-26 lead.
“With each game, as I’ve gotten more accustomed to the other players, the chemistry has gotten better and I was able to use my size on the low block, and we ran some good high-low offense,” Carroll said.
Curry finished with nine points. His role on the team has expanded in the aftermath of a serious ankle injury suffered by senior guard Armani Ousley in a game against Young two weeks ago. Ousley had surgery yesterday and is expected to miss at least four weeks, according to Adams.
“The opportunities have always been there, except now I’m more motivated to go out there and do it, especially for my brother [Ousley] being out,” Curry said. “I texted him before the game and I told him I’d go out there and play hard for him.”
Lou Adams Jr. scored all seven of his points in the second quarter and reserve guard Keith Bynum also hit two crucial three-pointers for the Spartans. Senior Tyquone Greer came off the bench to score seven points and grab a game-high 10 rebounds.
Orr’s size, manifested by Greer, Carroll and Jones, held the Warriors (11-9, 2-7) to only a single basket in the critical fourth quarter. Guard De’Quaniis Jackson and Derrick Patrick scored eight points apiece to lead Westinghouse.
Jackson’s floater in the lane sliced a 15-point deficit to 46-37 with just over four minutes to play, but the Warriors never got closer. Darrell Ivy and Marlik Williams contributed seven points each for Westinghouse.