Joseph Toye, Young overcome slow start against North Lawndale

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Young has spent the bulk of the last two months traveling all over thecountry playing in high-profile national events. The Dolphins havelost more than they’ve won against the nation’s top teams and all thetraveling has taken its toll.

That makesMonday’s77-66 win over North Lawndale all the more impressive.

“Yeah we’re tired,” senior Anthony Mosley said. “When we were goingthrough the losses the energy was kind of negative. But the losinghelped build us. Traveling isn’t an excuse. That’s what Whitney Youngdoes, it’s what the program is known for.”

The Phoenix led by 13 points late in the secondhalf. Young (7-5, 4-0 Red-West) looked lethargic and uninterested. Everyoneexcept for senior Joseph Toye, who scored 17 of his game-high 27points in the first half.

“We were sluggish early,” Toye said. “I had to step up and be a leader.”

Toye kept the Dolphins hanging around and then a switch to full-courtpressure defense in the second half made the difference. Young used a16-2 second-half run to put the game away. North Lawndale(9-6, 2-2)committed 33turnovers.

“Our guards have been good all year,” North Lawndale coach LewisThorpe said. “That isn’t like us.”

Mosley scored 16 and grabbed five rebounds for the Dolphins but hisbiggest contribution was on the defensive end with six steals.

“The pressure got to our guards and we didn’t get [Kenneth] Perkinsthe ball enough,” Thorpe said.

Perkins was a revelation. The 6-9 senior is thin, but fast andathletic. He finished with 14 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks.

Sophomore Carlos Hines added 16 points and four rebounds for thePhoenix. Fred Sims scored 14 but shot just 6-for-21 from the field.

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