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Great Falls uses quick start to down CMA

NC drops pair to Buford; L-E 14th at Southern Slam

Posted: December 7, 2010 11:29 a.m.
Updated: December 8, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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L-E’S DAVID OSTEEN TOOK fifth in the 140-pound division in this past weekend’s Southern Slam Invitational at Eastside High School.

 

Putting themselves in an early 12-point hole in the first quarter of Thursday’s opening game with Great Falls, the Camden Military Academy basketball team closed the gap to nine points in the final minutes of the contest.

That, however, would be as close as John Smith’s charges would let the Spartans get en route to a 78-56 victory.

"We were down 13 at halftime and we made a run at them in the third quarter," said CMA head coach Speedy Johnson. "In the fourth quarter, we made another run and cut the lead down to nine points with full-court pressure. We made our run, but we just ran out of time."

Later, Johnson said, he was sorry that he did not decide to apply full-court pressure against the Red Devils earlier in the contest.

"Compared to last year," Johnson said, "this team we have this year likes to press people. We did a good job of turning (GF) over with our press. Their guards are a little suspect this year."

Offensively, the Spartans shot 45 percent from the field, knocking down 20 of their 44 shots. The latter number, Johnson said, is one which must increase for his team to win games.

"We have to put up, at least, 70 shots a game for us to be successful," he said. "And with four players scoring in double figures, like we had in this game, we ought to be able to win the game."

Giovanni Arrendell led CMA with 16 points. Andrew Holbert was next with 15 while Juwan Rorie and Lugoff’s Bobby Gary added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Johnson said he expects to receive more production from 6-foot-5 sophomore center John Cornett, who was held scoreless while getting a pair of rebounds. "He understands that I have a problem with that," Johnson said. "But, he’s young. He’s still learning."

Johnson said he could feel upbeat after a loss given the way in which his team played for four quarters.

"We’re not frustrated," Johnson said following the loss. "Our kids played hard, we just waited too long to go with our full-court press. We were a little leery about pressing full-court. But this team is in great shape. They want to run. They want to press."

Following a "so so" practice on Sunday, Johnson anticipated having a better day on Monday in preparation for his team’s playing three games in as many days starting with Thursday’s pairing against the touring Dubbo Basketball Club from Australia. The Spartans then stay at home to meet Lewisville on Friday before traveling to meet Hammond on Saturday afternoon in their final game before the holiday break.

"We could be 0-4 or we could be 3-1 at the end of the week," Johnson said. "I’ll be real surprised if we’re 0-4 because these kids really want to win."

Knights drop pair to Buford:

Buford took the boys’ contest, 78-63.

Tevin Alexander paced three players in double figures for Chad Dixon’s squad with 15 points. Justin Black and Thomas Flowers added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Yellow Jackets held off NC, 52-46.

After being tied at nine after one quarter, the visitors used a 14-9 second quarter run to carry a 23-18 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Lady Yellow Jackets led, 32-27, after three stanzas before using a 20-19 fourth quarter run to come away with the six-point win.

Alexis Robinson led the way for Mitch Lowder’s charges with 11 points while Elexis Ross was next with eight.

Demon wrestlers finish 14th in Southern Slam:

The event, which featured teams from throughout the Southeast, was won by Bradley Central High School of Tennessee with 270.5 points. Hillcrest (184.5), Fort Mill (172) and White Knoll (171.5) came in second through fourth place, respectively.

The Demons scored 104 points, a half-point behind Summerville.

Evan Moxie’s troops entered the two-day event without 135-pound starter Alonzo Grant, who was sick. Also missing due to injury were Tony Murphy (125), Marcus Long (130), Will Connell (171) and Zach Connell (189).

The Demons’ best performances came from senior Cody Humphries, who was fifth at 215 pounds, as was junior David Osteen at 140 pounds. Senior Parker Singleton finished sixth in the 145-pound division.

With, at least, five starters out with either injury or illness, the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team finished 14th out of 36 teams in last weekend’s Southern Slam, hosted by Eastside High School.North Central fell to 1-2 on the season in both boys’ and girls’ action as visiting Buford handed the Knights and Lady Knights losses in last Friday’s non-region doubleheader.

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