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Round one goes to the Dogs

Camden doubles up L-E, 56-28

Posted: December 7, 2013 11:29 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Part roller derby. Part bar room brawl.
Neither of those scenarios were what first-year Lugoff-Elgin head basketball coach Garrett Knight wanted to see Friday’s contest against visiting Camden become, given the visiting Bulldogs’ advantage in size and bulk.
But when the officials let the two rivals play, Camden took advantage of the physical nature of the contest in dealing L-E a 56-28 loss inside the Demons Den.
The Bulldogs evened their record to 1-1 while L-E fell to 0-3 in a game which came two nights after a tough, 58-52 loss to Brookland-Cayce. This L-E team, said their head coach, was a shell of the one which he saw Wednesday in Cayce.
“We shied away from contact tonight,” Knight said of his young and inexperienced squad. “We didn’t play like we did against B-C on Wednesday. We just weren’t ready to play with all that physicality.”
Facing an L-E team which was starting a freshman --- 6-foot-5 inch, 190-pound Elliot Campbell --- at center, Camden head coach Ron McKie said his team which features a trio of 6-foot-4 inch or taller starters on the front line, including 6-foot-4, 300-pound Delton Bradford in the middle, went about their usual game plan of feeding the paint. Bradford and 6-foot-4 teammate D.J. Wilson tied Campbell for game scoring honors with 10 points each. Tony Doby, Camden’s 6-foot-5 forward, added nine as the Dogs’ trio combined to outscore the Demons by a point.
“When the bigger team gets to play a little rougher,” McKie said, “it does help, especially under the boards.
“We always try, especially against a zone, to work inside-out. We didn’t do a good job of that against Lakewood on Tuesday. Delton is smart enough to know that if the ball goes inside to kick it back out if nothing’s there and, not to force things. That was our game plan tonight and, hopefully, every game.”
For the second time in as many outings, CHS held an opponent to 17 or fewer points at the break as the guests carried a 24-13 advantage into the locker room at halftime. On Tuesday, CHS lead Lakewood 24-17 at intermission only to see the Gators outscore the Dogs, 30-17, in the second 16 minutes.
Knight said he was hoping his troops would be able to claw their way back into the thick of things by getting into a groove to open the second half. Instead, CHS took control of this one with a 7-2 run which opened the third quarter. Doby kicked things off by knocking down a 3-point basket before he and Wilson put back missed shots which wrapped around a Campbell eight-footer as the Dogs had enough points to win the contest with a 31-15 lead with 6:38 to play in the third.
“We were trying to cut the lead down and then press them a little bit,” Knight said of his team’s second half goal. “But it didn’t work for us. They were getting second-chance opportunities and we couldn’t scratch our way back into it.
“We couldn’t rebound the ball on defense and they kept getting second-chance opportunities. We’re not doing the little things like boxing out and taking care of the basketball. We have a lot of work to do.”
Camden’s lead ballooned to 36-18 after three stanzas as the visitors closed the third quarter by getting a Wilson layin, which came off a steal and assist from sophomore Shamire Jacobs, and an easy bucket from Kendrick Dubose in the final half minute.
The Demons used four straight points from Campbell, including his going outside for a 15-foot jumper, and a short jumper from Kevin Fields to close the gap to 40-24 with 5:22 remaining in the contest.
Camden would slam the door on this one with treys from Denzel Martin and Mitchell Taylor sandwiching a pair of Wilson stickbacks as the lead grew to 50-24 with less than three minutes to play.
Following his team’s opening night loss, McKie said he made some changes to his team’s defensive strategy which paid off as the Bulldogs outscored their cross-river rivals, 32-15, in the second 16 minutes of play.
“I tried a certain defense against Lakewood to use our length and, we didn’t do it right … we had been running it all pre-season and in our scrimmages,” he said. “Tonight, we went back to our basic match-up (zone.) The kids played in it last year and felt more comfortable and played a little harder in that defense tonight.
“We’re going to use both (defenses), but we felt more comfortable and we went back to our match-up in practice this week.”
The 3-point shot helped Camden jump to a 10-6 lead after the first quarter with senior guard Alexx Cooke draining one from distance before making it 5-0 with a steal and a layin in the game’s opening two minutes. A Martin trey gave the guests a 10-4 lead over Campbell, who scored the Demons’ first four points before an Aldrecio Wells steal and layup brought the Demons to within four after the first eight minutes.
Campbell got in early foul trouble in being matched up against the larger and more experienced Bradford, but the varsity rookie refused to give in, much to the delight of his head coach.
“Both of our freshmen, Tyrese Elm and Elliott Campbell, stepped up and did good things for us,” Knight said. “We just have to get our upperclassmen playing better.”
Camden continued to feed the post in the second quarter with Bradford scoring on a baseline drive and adding a free throw following Campbell’s third personal foul as the visitors extended their lead to 15-6. L-E used an eight-foot banker from Wells and Elm’s short baseline jumper to stay within striking distance at 17-10 with 92 ticks left in the first half clock.
The Dogs started pulling away with two Bradford free throws and a drive to the hole to make it 21-10. L-E countered with Stacey Patterson completing both ends of a traditional 3-point play to close the gap to 21-13. But Camden hiked its lead back into double digits at intermission thanks to Josh Sumpter canning a jumper from beyond the arc with three seconds showing on the clock to give the Bulldogs a surge of momentum heading into the break.
As opposed to the loss to Lakewood, the Dogs kept the pressure on in the second half in doubling up the Demons. But, McKie said as he prepared to meet with his team following the victory, he expects a much tougher game when L-E comes into the Dog Pound on Friday night.
“It was a sloppy game both ways,” said the CHS boss. “L-E is young … real young. And, Garrett is a first-year coach and that’s always tough. They’re going to get better and they’re going to give us a better game.
“They have a good, young bunch of ballplayers. I’m going to go into the locker room and tell our kids that just because we won big tonight, just don’t expect to walk onto the court (Friday) and expect to do it again.”

CHS (56): Alexx Cooke 2 0-0 5, Tony Doby 4 0-0 9, Denzel Martin 2 0-0 6, Shamire Jacobs 3 1-1 8, Delton Bradford 3 4-7 10, D.J. Wilson 5 0-0 10, Josh Sumpter 1 0-0 3, Kendrick Dubose 1 0-0 2, Mitchell Taylor 1 0-0 2, Tyrone Kelly 0 0-2 0. Totals: 21 5-10 56
   L-E (28): Elliott Campbell 4 2-4 10, Aldreco Wells 2 0-0 4, Tyrese Elm 1 0-0 2, Stacey Patterson 1 1-1 3, Kevin Fields 2 0-0 4, Daniel Quattlebaum 0 3-4 3, Jamerius Summerson 0 0-2 0, Jaleen Miller 0 2-2 2. Totals: 10- 8-13 28
   Score by quarters: First: CHS, 10-6; Halftime: CHS, 24-13; Third: CHS, 36-18; Three-point goals: L-E none, CHS 6 (Martin 2, Cooke, Jacobs, Sumpter, Taylor)

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