Purples’ power: talent with experience

March 17, 2017 FieldsColumn

Terry Taylor had 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks in Bowling Green’s win over No. 1 Scott County. (Photo by Tim Webb)

BY MIKE FIELDS

Bowling Green took out No. 1 Scott County 68-53 in the quarterfinals of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Friday afternoon.

“That was the best basketball team we’ve played all year, bar none,” Purples Coach D.G. Sherrill said after his team posted its 27th consecutive victory.

Bowling Green played like Rupp Arena was its home floor, which is understandable.

For talented seniors Terry Taylor and DeAngelo Wilson, this was their eighth state tournament game in the last three years, and Kyran Jones’ seventh.

Bowling Green lost to Owensboro in the 2015 finals and to eventual champion Paul Laurence Dunbar in last year’s quarterfinals.

Taylor, a fluid 6-foot-6 swingman, had 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals against Scott County. He now has 128 points and 65 rebounds in Rupp.

Wilson, a mercurial 5-10 guard, had 20 points, 5 steals and 3 rebounds. He now has 95 points in Rupp.

Jones, a strong 6-6 inside player, had 4 points and 10 rebounds, pushing his Sweet 16 totals to 79 points and 63 rebounds.

All that experience helped them put together what Sherrill called the Purples’ best fourth-quarter performance of the season against Scott County.

Winning has become a habit for Jones, Taylor and Wilson. They’ve helped Bowling Green to a 95-11 record over the last three seasons.