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Turnovers bake Knights in 70-47 loss to AJ
NORTH CENTRALS DARIUS BROWN goes under AJs Tilson Kirkland to get to the basket in second half action from Tuesday nights game. - photo by C-I photos by Tom Didato
There was a plan of attack for when Andrew Jackson went to a match-up zone.What North Central could not have prepared for was the abundance of turnovers which it would commit against the Volunteers’ non-pressing defensive scheme.Without having to unleash any full-court pressure, AJ was able to jump to an early double-digit lead against the Knights and leave The Castle in Boonetown with a convincing 70-47 win over Andy Johnson’s charges.A ball-hawking defensive squad by nature, AJ (1-1) sat back in a fairly active zone as the hosts committed a bevy of errors which proved to be the Knights’ (1-2) undoing. Johnson said he was not surprised that the Vols opened by not coming out in a press. He was disheartened, however, in the way which his players struggled against the set.“We kind of expected some of that,” said the first-year NC boss as to the match-up zone defense.