CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Capital guard Carrington Morris sneaked around the Nitro defense, caught a Tyrell Davis inbound pass near the low block and underhanded a bank shot just before the buzzer sounded at the end of the first quarter.
It was symbolic of the way things have transpired for the Cougars so far in the 2013-14 season when very little has gone wrong and even troubling circumstances wind up in their favor.
Morris scored 22 points in less than three quarters on 10-of-15 shooting and Capital continued its best start since the 2007-08 season with an 80-51 victory over the outmanned Wildcats (0-6) at Capital High School on Wednesday night.
While the easy victory included substituting early and often by Capital Coach Carl Clark, the 20th-year mentor said he's trying to break his deep and talented team of its playground mentality.
"It's hard to judge ... Nitro was not the best opponent we've played against," Clark said. "There were some things that we didn't like. It was easy for the kids to just go out there and run helter-skelter and accomplish some things, but that's not what we want them to do."
The victory improved Capital to 5-0 with a Friday meeting at undefeated Huntington looming.
The Cougars had only 10 turnovers with the last one coming at the 1:02 mark of the fourth period. Morris didn't play in the final quarter and all but one Capital player scored.
"We run the ball and expect to have some turnovers," Clark said of his team's high-risk, high-reward attack. "They did OK as far as taking care of the basketball."
Capital forced Nitro into 25 miscues and 18 of those came on steals, a staple of the Cougars' under Clark during his 291-victory career.
Silas Nazario had five steals off the bench and Jordan Kinney contributed four to go with his 12 points.
Nitro struggled to handle Capital's pressure, but there was much praise from Coach Bryan Faber. In his third season, Faber is coaching for the first time without guard Angelo Sirianni, a second-team All-State Class AAA player last year.
The Wildcats are leaning on 2012-13 Daily Mail Rookie of the Year Trevon Taylor, who had just 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.