Using a suffocating half-court defense and an explosive transition offense, Deltona’s Evan Hinson and Chad Brown combined to nearly outscore their opponent from Vero Beach by themselves, skating to a 62-43 victory in Saturday’s championship game of the Gus Gibbs Rotary Tournament at DeLand High.
Hinson scored 25 points and came up with 11 steals that led to numerous easy buckets in transition for the Wolves (13-1).
A series of scoring runs allowed Deltona to pull away. Vero Beach (5-3) led 12-11 with under 10 seconds left in the first quarter before Hinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, which began an 18-4 run until a timeout with 3:09 left in the second quarter.
UCF commit Chad Brown finished the first half with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and continued that momentum into the final two periods to finish the night with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and an assist. Brown was also named the tournament MVP.
Coach Denny Hinson was pleased with his players’ performance, particularly considering the absence of injured floor general, Torrey Mayo.
Junior shooting guard Marquis Lane stepped up and handled the point duties for the Wolves, adding 8 points, 4 assists and 4 steals to an already impressive effort over the past three days while handling the point-guard duties.
“I thought our team played a really solid game, especially given that we didn’t have our starting point guard against a formidable team like Vero Beach. In that sense it was very big game for us. Torrey is the engine that makes us run, so without him out there we had to turn to Marquis Lane, who is an awesome kid, but a makeshift point guard. So for him to jump in and take control of things for us tonight was huge,” the coach said.
Lane was also named to the all-tournament team for his efforts during the tournament.
Hinson was also pleased with the spark his son Evan provided with the bucket that started the run at the end of the first quarter.
“I know the shot was huge because we were begging for points at that moment and it gave us a little oxygen to go ahead and take control of the game from that point,” the coach said.