Wednesday, April 16, 2014
AUGUSTA -- Greenville guard Henry Hersey started the second quarter of the Lakers Western D quarterfinal vs. Valley by scoring four quick points . Valley coach Wade Morrill didn't hesitate to go to his bench, sending Devon Gillespie in for his brother Jordan Gillespie.
Hersey didn't score in stretch he was guarded by Devon Gillespie and the Cavaliers held onto a four-point lead on their way to a 62-56 win.
"Hersey went right at Devon when he first came in and you could see with Devon's length he got his hand in his face and obstructed his view of the rim a little bit more," Morrill said. "For a shooter, that is critical."
The Gillespie twins had the task of guarding Hersey for much of the game and while the sharp-shooting guard scored 20 points, he didn't get many easy looks. He scored nine of his points from behind the 3-point line and three more from the foul line.
“Jordan (Gillespie) and Devon have worked really hard on their defense game, they don’t get involved in the offense as much as some of us do," Valley's Carrington Miller said. "Henry is a great player player and can shoot really well, but they did a great job on him.”
Morrill pointed out a few differences between the twins beside the obvious difference in hairstyles (Devon has a flat top, while Jordan's is trimmed in a tighter crew cut). First and foremost is their height. Devon is 5-9, while Jordan is 5-6.
The duo honed their defensive skills playing against teammates. Morrill credited Devon's game's of 1-on-1 with the 6-2 Miller as a key to his improvement on the defensive end of the floor.
"Those two boys, the improvement they've had ..." Morrill said. "Jordan is a gym rat and Devon is a guy who is known for his defense. He has worked hard all year."
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine