McCorkle shows his versatility
GEORGETOWN – When you are 6-foot-10, your passing ability is not the first thing people notice about your game. Though still not his most dangerous weapon, Bismarck-Henning center Trey McCorkle has given opponents yet another worry with his passing precision this season.
McCorkle was on top of his game Friday night, leading Bismarck-Henning past Georgetown-Ridge Farm 66-29. The Blue Devils' big man tallied 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists in the Vermilion Valley Conference contest.
McCorkle added three blocked shots and three steals, and senior guard Brandon Roberts sank 6 of 7 shots, including three treys, to finish with 15 points.
It was McCorkle's passing, however, that helped doom the Buffaloes from the get-go.
"(McCorkle's) been a good passer, and it's something we've been working on a lot," B-H coach Mike Reynolds said. "We've been working on his pivots a lot. I think he's a good decision-maker, but he sometimes gets in trouble when he doesn't pivot strong. As the season has gone on he's gotten the pivot down, and he looks a lot better and more comfortable now."
McCorkle's footwork was strong against the Buffaloes. With G-RF doubling and tripling down on the rangy center, he responded by being patient, pivoting toward the lane and finding the open man cutting to the basket three times in the first quarter as the Blue Devils built a 15-3 advantage. All four of his assists came in the first half as B-H put the game away early, leading 35-9 at intermission.
"I just try to be patient," McCorkle said. "When they double and triple, someone has to be open, and I just have to take my time to find the open man."
McCorkle wasn't the only Blue Devil who sparkled. Roberts added six rebounds and three assists, and Gabe Bergman shook off a recent shooting slump by netting 3 of 4 shots for 11 points. Michael Davan led a good showing by the bench with nine points and five rebounds.
John Fermon paced the Buffaloes with a game-high 17 points and six rebounds.
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