Fast start propels Big Red past Flyers

Plymouth stays in first place in FC.
Scott Seitz
Jan 25, 2014

Behind the hot shooting of senior Trevor Haymond, the Plymouth Big Red knocked off the St. Paul Flyers 58-40 in Firelands Conference boys’ basketball action Friday night at the convocation center.

Haymond connected on six three-pointers in the contest, four in the first half, on his way to a game-high 20 points.

Plymouth improved to 13-2 overall and 9-1 in the FC.

The Flyers dropped to 5-7 and 4-5.

“When I’m open, it’s my job to knock them down,” Haymond said.

“That’s what Troy wants me to do,” Haymond added, referring to Big Red coach Troy Keene.

Haymond is playing basketball for the first time since his freshman year.

“It’s good to hear my name called again,” he said. “This year has been a lot of fun.”

Plymouth jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter and upped that to 27-14 at halftime.

The Big Red outscored the hosts 15-8 in the third to take a 42-22 lead after three.

“Trevor is a shooter,” Keene said. “His job is to knock down shots and he did what he is supposed to do.”

Keene said coming into Friday’s game the Big Red were concerned with St. Paul’s “Big 3” players of Bob Harwood, Scottie Slauterbeck and Travis Smiley.

Smiley finished with two points and Slauterbeck added three.

Harwood netted 14 points for the Flyers.

“Harwood is a great player,” Keene said.

“I think we came out and defended well,” the coach added. “We were able to take Smiley out of the game.”

Keene said there’s still much to work on.

“We’ve got to get mentally and physically tougher if we want to make a good run in the tournament,” he said.

Big Red junior Tyrell Edmiston scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Two of Edmiston’s baskets were high-flying slam dunks.

Junior Tyson Beebe and sophomore Dodge Collins each scored eight for Plymouth.

Junior Hunter Bailey chipped in six points.

Sophomore Sam Carper scored seven points for the Flyers.

“The difference in the first half was Haymond hit those four threes,” St. Paul coach Mike Smith said.

“You have to pick your poison with them,” Smith added. “We did a nice job on Edmiston and Beebe.

“Offensively, you can’t have a half where you score 14 points,” he added. “We didn’t attack and had some turnovers.

“I thought our effort and competitiveness was not where it needed to be,” Smith said.

The Flyers don’t have much time to relax as they head to Huron on Monday.

“Huron is a real good basketball team,” Smith said. “We’ll try to keep getting better.”

St. Paul recognized the 2014 hall of fame class at halftime of the varsity game.

The Flyers shot 17-of-40 from the field, which included 4-of-10 triples.

The Flyers were 2-of-8 from the free-throw line, grabbed 16 rebounds and committed 14 turnovers.

Plymouth shot 24-of-44 in action shots, 9-of-21 in 3-pointers, had 25 rebounds and 11 miscues.

Plymouth is home to Bellevue on Monday in a non-league game.

St. Paul won the jayvee game, 36-26.

Dylan Furlong scored 15 points to pace the Flyers.

Justin Reed, Jacob James, Logan Myers and Mitchell Chaffins each had five points for the Big Red.