DECATUR — Chatham Glenwood dared MacArthur's Armon and Amir Brummett to shoot from long range.
The Brummett twins obliged and punished the Titans.
They combined for nine 3-pointers and 43 points en route to a 65-56 victory over Glenwood on Tuesday night.
“I don't know why they did that,” Armon said.
In Glenwood's defense, these were difficult 3s — perhaps even from NBA range.
Probably not, but it was at least close to it.
“I don't think I was shooting from NBA range,” Amir said. “I think I was pretty close, though.”
After MacArthur sputtered offensively in the first quarter, Armon ripped four straight 3-pointers for a 23-18 lead in the second quarter.
Armon totaled five 3-pointers and 22 points.
“I was feeling real good,” Armon said. “Coach (Ron Ingram) called a timeout and told me to catch it in rhythm and start shooting instead of shooting off the dribble. I was just feeling it.”
Amir then ignited with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 30-20 halftime advantage, and he didn't slow down in the third quarter.
When Ray Neal kicked out to Amir for the open 3, MacArthur earned its largest lead 42-26 with 3:20 left in the third quarter.
Amir finished with four 3s and 21 points.
“Armon's a great shooter and once he got rolling, it brought a lot of energy and momentum to us,” Amir said. “We're very comfortable once we start hitting. When we start hitting, it feels good. We shoot better in rhythm and if we're in rhythm, we're going to make our shots.”
MacArthur coach Ron Ingram didn't mind letting them take all of those shots.
“Once they catch it in rhythm and shoot the basketball, we don't mind that,” Ingram said. “Tonight they caught the ball in rhythm and they shot the basketball. I don't mind it as much.”
MacArthur (10-5 overall, 6-2 in the Central State Eight) commanded the second half until the final seconds.
Glenwood (8-11, 3-6) made a late, desperate rally and shaved the deficit to 60-56 by pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers.
But the Generals prevailed at the free throw line. The Generals shot 7 of 11 from the stripe in the fourth quarter.
Amir said it was a vital win after a gut-wrenching 94-91 overtime loss to rival Eisenhower on Friday.
“It was really important,” Amir said. “We wanted to show people that we just don't play hard when it's an inner-city rivalry game. We want to show people we play hard all of the time. It was very big game and bounce back.”
Ingram said he wasn't worried how his team would respond.
“When we came into practice the next day, I saw how they reacted and they were just ready to move on and play the next game,” Ingram said.
Keeping up the pressure
MacArthur used a full-court press for the entire game.
That defense picked up in the second half and spurred the Generals to their largest lead in the third quarter.
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Amir was at the forefront. He had a couple of steals that led to easy points after the break.
Glenwood totaled 14 turnovers in the game.
“We've been pressing defense a lot because that's what brings our intensity,” Amir said. “We got to keep playing like that. We got to keep going and keep playing better on the defensive end.”
Ingram also gave credit to the bench.
“We're working on pressing from the beginning to the end of the basketball game,” Ingram said. “But we have to get our bench guys to come in with energy. Once that gets going, we'll be able to press the whole game.”
Amir only provided five points in the overtime loss to Eisenhower.
In the hours leading up to the rivalry game, Amir said he didn't catch much sleep.
This time he said he was more mentally prepared.
“I didn't play too well and I feel like I let my city down because I didn't really play to the best of my ability,” Amir said. “My head wasn't really in the game. I just wanted to show that me and my team could bounce back as a unit.”
Everything seemed to be going MacArthur's way in the third quarter.
To cap it off, senior guard Randy Thaxton tossed up and banked in a 3 from just beyond the volleyball line to beat the buzzer for a 47-33 lead.
He provided 11 points.
MacArthur shot just 3 of 13 from the floor in the first quarter and trailed Glenwood 16-11 at the start of the second quarter.
Glenwood's Talen Vogler was the catalyst and led the Titans with 18 points.
“Our first quarters are bad for us,” Ingram said. “It did start off sluggish, but they've (the Brummetts) been coming into the gym and getting shots up.”
MacArthur missed the big presence of junior forward Adrian Williams.
Williams did not play because of a flu.
MacArthur still has three more games this week.
The Generals have a make-up game 7:30 p.m. tonight at Lincoln and then host Rochester 7:30 p.m. on Friday. They will wrap it up with a trip to Rochester to play Jacksonville at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Lincoln game was postponed over the weekend due to inclement weather.
All of the games are part of the Non-City Central State Eight Tournament.