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Bulldogs have their way with Griffins

Camden cruises past FC in 4-AAA opener, 68-42; meets Chester tonight

Posted: January 11, 2018 11:52 a.m.
Updated: January 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

FAIRFIELD CENTRAL’S ZACKERY SEASE TRIES to gain control of this loose ball while being tangled up with Camden’s Trajon Pate (14) and Cam Jefferson (right) in Tuesday’s Region 4-AAA game played on the Michael G. Culp Court.

Games and nights such as these have been hard to come by for the Camden boys’ basketball team this season. So, head coach Ron McKie enjoyed it as much as he could.

Hosting a winless Fairfield Central squad Tuesday on the Michael G. Culp Court, the host Bulldogs led from tip to horn --- extending their advantage to 30 points at one juncture --- in opening Region 4-AAA play with a 68-42 win over the visiting Griffins.

In spite of FC’s struggles this season, McKie was taking nothing for granted. He told his players before the game that the two sides were in the same boat in terms of not having a mark in the win column in conference play. The Dogs’ response was to score the game’s first nine points and build a 51-21 cushion late in the third quarter.

Not all things which came out of Camden’s (7-6, 1-0 in 4-AAA) victory were as pleasant as the final outcome. The Bulldogs turned the ball over more than 20 times to the cold-shooting Griffins (0-10, 0-2 in 4-AAA) who had just 14 points in the first half.

McKie said he was pleased his squad took the bull by the horns early and never allowed FC to get or stay within striking distance while building confidence in the process.

“We jumped on them and took the lead early,” McKie said. “Sometimes, when you’re favored to beat a team, you don’t want them to get off to a good start. Tonight, I thought we got off to a good start and it kind of set the tone. 

“We played sloppy the whole game, though. We had over 20 turnovers and if we don’t clean that up, it’s going to be tough (tonight.)”

In looking ahead to his team’s next game, McKie was referring to this evening’s road contest against a Chester squad which is flying high and scored 109 points in their Region 4-AAA-opening 40-point win over Indian Land last week. The Cyclones were upended on Tuesday, falling to Columbia, 76-66, in conference action.

Playing for the first time since falling to Forest Hills (N.C.) in the championship game of the Chesterfield Basketball Classic on Dec. 29, CHS placed 11 players in the scoring column led by a game-best 15 points from senior guard Cam Jefferson which was backed by 10 from senior forward Jericho Murphy. 

The Bulldogs also regained the services of Donovan Belton on Tuesday. The senior forward was playing in his first game since suffering an ankle injury in a loss to Lugoff-Elgin on Dec. 8. He scored eight points on his return to the lineup after having missed seven games.

It was Jefferson who helped get the Dogs off to a quick start as he drained a 3-ball to open the game before putting back his own missed shot for a 5-0 lead. A pair of Murphy stickbacks upped the ante to 9-0 less than three minutes into the contest. A Jalen Mazyck trey broke the ice for the guests with 3:42 left in the opening stanza.

Camden responded with Belton going inside for an easy pair off a Malik Green feed. That led to a Nyciere Greene layin off the break as the Bulldogs went on top, 13-3 in a first quarter in which they outscored the visitors by a 17-7 count.

Included among Camden’s seven baskets were four second chance buckGames and nights such as these have been hard to come by for the Camden boys’ basketball team this season. So, head coach Ron McKie enjoyed it as much as he could.

Hosting a winless Fairfield Central squad Tuesday on the Michael G. Culp Court, the host Bulldogs led from tip to horn --- extending their advantage to 30 points at one juncture --- in opening Region 4-AAA play with a 68-42 win over the visiting Griffins.

In spite of FC’s struggles this season, McKie was taking nothing for granted. He told his players before the game that the two sides were in the same boat in terms of not having a mark in the win column in conference play. The Dogs’ response was to score the game’s first nine points and build a 51-21 cushion late in the third quarter.

Not all things which came out of Camden’s (7-6, 1-0 in 4-AAA) victory were as pleasant as the final outcome. The Bulldogs turned the ball over more than 20 times to the cold-shooting Griffins (0-10, 0-2 in 4-AAA) who had just 14 points in the first half.

McKie said he was pleased his squad took the bull by the horns early and never allowed FC to get or stay within striking distance while building confidence in the process.

“We jumped on them and took the lead early,” McKie said. “Sometimes, when you’re favored to beat a team, you don’t want them to get off to a good start. Tonight, I thought we got off to a good start and it kind of set the tone. 

“We played sloppy the whole game, though. We had over 20 turnovers and if we don’t clean that up, it’s going to be tough (tonight.)”

In looking ahead to his team’s next game, McKie was referring to this evening’s road contest against a Chester squad which is flying high and scored 109 points in their Region 4-AAA-opening 40-point win over Indian Land last week. The Cyclones were upended on Tuesday, falling to Columbia, 76-66, in conference action.

Playing for the first time since falling to Forest Hills (N.C.) in the championship game of the Chesterfield Basketball Classic on Dec. 29, CHS placed 11 players in the scoring column led by a game-best 15 points from senior guard Cam Jefferson which was backed by 10 from senior forward Jericho Murphy. 

The Bulldogs also regained the services of Donovan Belton on Tuesday. The senior forward was playing in his first game since suffering an ankle injury in a loss to Lugoff-Elgin on Dec. 8. He scored eight points on his return to the lineup after having missed seven games.

It was Jefferson who helped get the Dogs off to a quick start as he drained a 3-ball to open the game before putting back his own missed shot for a 5-0 lead. A pair of Murphy stickbacks upped the ante to 9-0 less than three minutes into the contest. A Jalen Mazyck trey broke the ice for the guests with 3:42 left in the opening stanza.

Camden responded with Belton going inside for an easy pair off a Malik Green feed. That led to a Nyciere Greene layin off the break as the Bulldogs went on top, 13-3 in a first quarter in which they outscored the visitors by a 17-7 count.

Included among Camden’s seven baskets were four second chance buck

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