Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 | 10:32 p.m.
In a tale of two halves, the Silverado boys basketball team rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Green Valley 73-62 Tuesday.
The Gators came out of the gates quickly as they made four three-point field goals in the opening quarter to take an 18-8 lead.
The Gators defense kept the Skyhawks offense on their heels in the second quarter as Green Valley took a 34-24 lead into the halftime break.
Silverado began the third quarter on a 6-1 run as the Skyhawks cut their halftime deficit in half and started to seize momentum.
“In high school basketball, I think the most important part of the game is halftime,” said Silverado coach Martin Ferriter. “I told the kids we have to have these first three minutes, and we did, and that made the difference.”
Silverado junior guard Ruben Jackson led the Skyhawks with 10 points in the third quarter including a finger-roll layup to cut the deficit to 46-45 late in the period.
Senior guard Brian Theophil hit a fadeaway jumper at the end of the third quarter to give the Skyhawks their first lead of the evening at 47-46.
After only scoring 24 points in the first quarter, the Silverado offense erupted for 23 points in the third quarter to take the lead.
The fourth quarter was a seesaw battle the majority of the way until Silverado opened up a five-point lead at 59-54 on a Jackson layup with 3:29 to play forcing Green Valley to call a timeout.
The Skyhawks took advantage of their free throw opportunities late in the game as junior forward David Ware converted several free throws to help secure the victory.
Ware led the Skyhawks in scoring with 21 points, with 14 of those coming in the second half.
“David is a very good basketball player,” Ferriter said. “He’s the type of kid that can play the two, the three, or the four. He’s really effective around the rim, and he can also step back with his really nice jump shot.”
Jackson, who had 18 points, and Bryan Marberry, who contributed with 13, also led the Skyhawks on offense.
Ferriter said assistant coach Thad Simmons has really helped Marberry develop at the center position.
With the win, the Skyhawks improved to 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.
“I think Jerry Glanville says it best. The best part of being 1-0 in conference is you got a chance to be 2-0,” Ferriter said.
Both Silverado and Green Valley have home games Thursday. Silverado will host Basic, and the Gators will host Foothill.