Massillon starts fast in season-opening rout of Kenmore
12/03/2013 11:08 PM
By CHRIS EASTERLING
Independent sports editor
MASSILLON A fast start helped Massillon get off to a fast start to its season.
Buoyed by a strong first quarter, the Tigers opened up their season with a 61-34 rout of visiting Kenmore inside the Washington High School gymnasium Tuesday night.
“It’s the three things we talked about,” said Massillon coach Larry Taylor, whose 1-0 team will next play Detroit East Village on Dec. 13. “No. 1, play with intensity. No. 2, play as hard as you can as long as you can. And No. 3, enjoy the hard work that you put in, and every one of these kids contributed.”
Not surprisingly, it was the Tigers’ three returning starters — D’Angelo Stewart, Terrance Block and Jordan Stock — who set the tone for their season opener. The trio scored 20 of Massillon’s first 36 points as it opened up a 36-14 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter.
Stewart scored a team-high 18 points, with Block adding 13. Stock finished with 11.
“T-Block, D.A. and Jordan showed their leadership out there,” Taylor said.
Massillon couldn’t have asked for a more efficient start to the season than what it got in the first quarter. The Tigers opened the game by shooting 6 of 9 from the floor in the first eight minutes, which helped them open up a 15-7 lead over the Cardinals.
Leading the first-quarter efficiency for Massillon was Block, who scored nine straight points to end the quarter. He was 3 of 3 from the floor in quarter, along with knocking down both free throws he tried.
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NEXT GAME: vs. Detroit East Village Dec. 13 2013