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Basketball: Pinecrest offense explodes in 80-57 win
Josh Boeye
Pinecrest Academy senior Josh Boeye shoots a 3-pointer Friday during the Paladins' 80-57 win against Tallulah Falls. Photo courtesy Jay Rooney Photography

Josh Boeye caught the ball near the wing, a couple of feet behind the 3-point line. 

He read the defense, weighed his options, then confidently elected to take it himself, sinking a 25-footer in the face of a Tallulah Falls defender. 

When you're hot, you're hot. And Pinecrest's offense was scorching Friday night.

Boeye's 3-pointer was Pinecrest's eighth of the night, and it helped spark a 9-0 run by the Paladins, burying Tallulah Falls 80-57.

"Whether a two-pointer or 3-pointer, we just want them to be good shots," Pinecrest boys basketball coach John Bauersfeld said. "So, we want them to come off of drives and kicks, or ball reversals, or things like that. We don't want just one guy dribbling down and jacking a 3."

Six different Pinecrest players connected from 3-point range, led by Boeye's game-high four 3-pointers.

Senior Hank Lynch had two, while fellow senior Caleb Bohn, sophomores JJ Hayes and Oscar Lynch, and junior Nikitas Missos each buried one 3-pointer.

Tony Carpio
Pinecrest Academy sophomore Tony Carpio drives toward the basket Friday during the Paladins' 80-57 win against Tallulah Falls. Photo courtesy Jay Rooney Photography
Pinecrest (2-2) never trailed and shot lights out to open the game, hitting 9 of 11 from the field, including 5 of 6 from behind the arc in the first quarter.

"The last two games we've really struggled offensively against two really good teams," Bauersfeld said. "It's a good confidence builder for us. I mean, we shoot the ball well at home, so that helps. I think their mindset coming out was that they needed to play a little more loose offensively, and they did well."

Pinecrest set a season-high with 80 points, snapping a brief two-game skid against Marist and Lovett.

The Paladins combined to score 95 points in those two games.

"We played really tight the last two games, so we made some adjustments going into this game to loosen us up," Bauersfeld said. "I think it paid off."

Oscar Lynch led the team with 26 points. 

He added five rebounds and four steals, and he had an impressive reverse layup early in the second quarter, then knocked down the free throw to complete the three-point play.

"He played great. I think he played with a lot of confidence today, and he hadn't really done that in the past couple," Bauersfeld said. "He just came out in attack mode – not settling for jump shots, which is really good. Then we got a really great boost from Tony Carpio off the bench."

Carpio played some big minutes off the bench for the Paladins, finishing with eight points and pulling down eight rebounds.

Boeye had 16 points, while Hayes had 11 and Hank Lynch finished with nine.