Morristown West opened up their home campaign of the basketball season on Tuesday evening against David Crockett, struggling to get past a tough zone defense as they fell 60-38.

With the loss, West falls to 2-2 on the season.

“I thought our kids kept battling,” Morristown West coach Joe Dobyns said. “It would have been easy to put their heads down and quit after the start we had. I thought they kept fighting until the end. We just didn’t make shots early and fell into a hole. I’ll make sure we are ready to handle a zone next time around.”

The Pioneers zone immediately went to work on Morristown West as the Trojans were held to just three points in the first quarter. West entered the fourth quarter with only 18 points.

At times, West looked overwhelmed on the offensive end of the ball, not able to get the ball into the middle of the lane and expose the zone defense.

“We tried to put some things in when we were in the huddle to get a little more action and movement,” Dobyns said. “We need to do a better job of getting the ball in the middle and penetrating as well. We’ll get back to practice and get to work on that.”

For West, Rylin King was the leading scorer with 11 points. King hit two 3-pointers and had eight points in a fourth quarter that saw West put up 20 points.

For King, he continues to improve and get better and more physical during the early part of the season.

“He attacked the glass and did a good job going after the rebounds,” Dobyns said. “He used his size well. We need him to continue doing that for us.”

Along with King, Bereket Evans and Aquilio Romero each had five points while Macleod Love was solid down low with six points. Other scorers included Landon Howard with two, Bricyn Gudger with three, Luke Yandell with two and Tory House with four.

It was all Crockett to start the game as they opened things up on a 12-0 run. Romero finally broke the West slump with a 3-pointer, but those were the only points they would score in the opening quarter as it was 14-3.

The Pioneers lead grew from there as they went up 19-3 before House scored four quick points and King scored downlow. West trailed 25-10 at the break.

The third quarter was unfortunately more of the same for West as their offense could not find a rhythm. Four players scored for the Trojans in the quarter, but it was 45-18 heading to the final frame.

In the fourth, West finally was able to get the ball inside, leading to kick outs for some easy buckets. King hit two 3-pointers in the quarter while Evans and Gudger each hit one as well. While it was a little too late, the Trojans did outscore Crockett 20-15 in the fourth.

West will get back to work before playing again on Friday when they host Knox Central. They will then travel to take on Gatlinburg-Pittman on Saturday afternoon.”

“We have two tough opponents this weekend, and they’ll play hard and get after it,” Dobyns said. “We’re going to have to come to practice and compete and just get better.”

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