EAST MANATEE -- Trevon Young carries a big target on his back.
As the reigning Bradenton Herald Player of the Year and only returning starter for Braden River, the 6-foot-7 center attracts a lot of attention.
It's not always pleasant. Opponents push and shove and try to do anything in their power to stop him and get him to lose his temper.
It caused him trouble in the first half of the Pirates' contest with visiting Sarasota on Wednesday night, when he was whistled for a technical and scored only three points.
But he composed himself and went on to lead the unbeaten Pirates (4-0) to a 58-28 victory. The senior finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
"It (the technical) was a mental mistake. People are over me a lot, and I understand that. Tonight, I broke down mentally, but that won't happen again," Young said. "I get a lot of double teams, and I just kick it out to our shooters. I've also improved my shooting. Now I have a mid-range jumper, which I didn't have last year.
"Otherwise, I am just going to keep rebounding and playing hard and try to set an example for all the new guys that we have."
Young had four blocks and was credited with four steals to spark a defense that limited Sarasota (0-5) to only seven field goals on 35 shots, including 4-for-17 shooting in
the second half. The Sailors had 18 turnovers.
"In the second half, we played our best defense of the year and we played smart. For the most part, everybody had a solid game," Braden River head coach Matt Nesser said. "They had about three or four guys on Trevon all night and were doing a lot of stuff underneath as far as putting a body on him. But it's basketball and he has to adjust. He dominated the glass and had seven offensive rebounds."
A key to Braden River's defenses is guardTerrance Cummings, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. He brings a lot of quickness to the Pirates, especially on their trapping defenses. The senior showed his prowess on defense with three steals and long range shooting finishing with 12 points, including two from beyond the arc.
Braden River also got a solid game from guard Zachariah Kendall, who tallied 15 points to share scoring honors with Young. Braden River dominated the boards with 28 rebounds compared to 19 for Sarasota.
The Pirates held Sarasota to 20 percent shooting for their best defensive outing of the season and the 28 points they allowed was also a season best.
"We are trying to build some chemistry and hopefully these guys can jell and get rolling at the end of the season when it's most important," Nesser said. "Zach Kendall had his best game. He is our point guard and he did a nice job with six assists and no turnovers and is improving every game. He was under control and distributed the ball. Terrance is a jet. He can make things happen and does a great job in our press."