KW'S Offence Explodes in Bounce Back Win

KW'S Offence Explodes in Bounce Back Win

By: Matthew Thomas

The KW Titans got a bit of revenge against the Sudbury Five on Saturday night in the form of a resounding 129-109 win at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. 
 
After a tough loss to their conference rivals on Thursday, KW started the game off very well on Saturday in front of the 1,022 fans in attendance with a pair of three-pointers from Flen Whitfield (26 points, four rebounds) and Derek Hall (11 points, 13 rebounds, five assists) en route tallying 17 in the game.
 
The two sides participated in a fast-paced and high-scoring quarter, exchanging buckets seemingly at will. While the Five also had a great start, the Titans remained one step ahead went up by 16 points after recording a 46-point quarter opening frame. 
 
Titans rookie Justin Strings (19 points, seven rebounds) picked up where the team left off and opened up the second with a three-pointer of his own. From there, the home team continued to build momentum in a game that they wouldn't look back.  In fact, KW would record a season-high 79 points in the first half, leading the visitors by 18 points after 24 minutes. 
 
The third quarter saw more of the same for the Titans, the red-hot fired-up team continued their push as they captivated their ecstatic crowd of over one thousand supporters. Whitfield amazed all in attendance with back-to-back slams, the first of which came at the hands of a slick alley-oop pass to get the fans out of their seats. 
 
The Five dug down deep to try and find a response to the strong play of KW, but came up short and did not have an answer for a Titans team looking for pay-back. 
 
KW won this one by a large margin and put down the Five with ease as they defeated Sudbury 129-109 at the end of regulation.
 
The Titans had an astounding eight players in double figures on Saturday, including all five of their starters and three players off of the bench. Tramar Sutherland (11 points, five rebounds), Ashton Smith (16 points, four rebounds, five assists), Akeem Ellis (13 points, three assists), Damon Lynn (12 points, four assists), and Greg Morrow (13 points, five rebounds) all had strong offensive performances.
 
"It was a great group effort," said Titans Head Coach Cavell Johnson, who commended his team for coming back "refocused and regrouped from a mental standpoint".
 
"Eight guys in double figures; It was amazing."
 
Reflecting on the increased energy from the opening tip and sustained throughout the game, Johnson appreciated the fact that "it was exactly where we needed it today."
 
"The important thing now is that we carry it forward to (Sunday)," he said.
 
The Titans have less than 24 hours off now before they host the Windsor Express (13-9) at the Aud. Tip-off is set for 2pm.