Anthony White walked off the court with 4:36 left in the game and received a standing ovation from his Floyd teammates as he took a seat on the bench. With the way he had played, the Colonials had a lot to cheer about.
White keyed Floyd's hot offense and opportunistic defense, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in the Colonials' 72-34 non-league boys basketball road win against Bay Shore Tuesday.
White scored nine points as Floyd jumped out to an 18-5 lead after one quarter. He also grabbed several key rebounds in the second quarter as Floyd rolled to a 32-14 halftime lead.
White finished with five assists, five blocks and a steal to lead Floyd (4-1). Malik Dennis added 15 points, three assists and three steals, and Devin Burney scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
"We've been preparing since the end of last year for games like this," White said. "It all came together today."
Floyd's defense was just as good as its offense. The Colonials kept pressure on Bay Shore all game long, allowing only 10 field goals, pulling down 34 rebounds and forcing 18 steals.
"Our defense is there to help out our offense," White said. "We're all trying to get to the ball, not just one person."
The Colonials took control of the game immediately. Dennis' three-pointer early in the second quarter gave Floyd a 21-5 lead and the rout was on.
"I knew I had to be ready to play, no excuses," said Dennis, who was thrust into action in the first quarter after starting guard Jason Rivera went down with an ankle injury.
Floyd coach Bob Hodgson was pleased with White's all-around game. "He could have easily gone over 20 [points], but I wanted to give some other guys an opportunity at the end," Hodgson said. "We've been playing him pretty exclusively at guard this season, and he's played very well so far."
The Colonials didn't show any signs of letting up in the second half. Burney made a basket 27 seconds in to spark a 13-1 run. "I was just ready to do whatever I had to do to help the team out," Burney said.
Said Hodgson, "Our guys were ready to play. We were able to keep up our level of intensity, and I'm happy with that."