Hillside sweeps ECH
Hillside coach Crasten Davis could have been mistaken for a distinguished math professor, stroking his beard while dividing precious playing minutes among players on the deep roster he used to handle visiting East Chapel Hill 61-47 Wednesday night.
Davis downplayed his math skills and explained that all of his Hornets add up to an unselfish bunch.
“We’re a deep team,” Davis said. “Everybody is happy with their role.
“At the end of the day, it’s about winning the PAC-6 — which we’re a little behind on that — and trying to go out and win a state championship.”
Hillside’s Robert “R.J.” Robinson Jr. was weaving baskets from behind the arc, knocking down three 3-pointers toward his game-high 17 points.
Malik Evans (13 points) was the only other Hornet to score in double figures, but it was the bits and pieces of offense the Hornets got from so many other players, who come off the bench with nice size, that can wear on opposing teams.
“You’ve just got to make better decisions with the basketball,” ECH coach Ray Hartsfield said about Hillside’s depth. “You know coming in that’s going to happen. What messes with you is if you don’t know it and you don’t prepare for it. We know they’re going to throw a lot of bodies at you.”
Hillside was up 27-22 at halftime, but ECH emerged from the locker room and snatched the momentum, tying the game on a Justen Best 3.
“Then we went right back to taking quick shots,” Hartsfield said. “We’re just not deep enough. We’ve got to make them play defense a little while and we didn’t do that. We couldn’t get committed to that.”
Hillside’s defensive pressure gave ECH problems, Hartsfield said.
One of the Hornets who was scrapping and throwing his body around was Korrin Wiggins, who on Wednesday signed to play football at Clemson.
Wiggins said Clemson’s football coaches don’t mind him getting after it on the basketball floor.
“Actually, they say basketball is good for me,” Wiggins said. “Staying in shape and being able to keep my footwork good. They say it’s good to play.”
Hillside 61, East Chapel Hill 47
EAST CHAPEL HILL — Arkavius Parks 3, Louis Levin 2, Todd Smith 7, Dylan Farrow 3, Justen Best 10, Robert Wilson 10, Malik McCray 8, Jaison Jones 4.
HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 6, Robert Robinson Jr. 17, Malik Evans 13, Isaiah Dickens 2, Ty’Quon Reid 2, Trevion Thompson 2, Marius McAllister 4, De’Shon Self 1, Timothy Mangum 2, Marcus Bowling 6, Korrin Wiggins 4, Emanuel McGirt Jr.2.
ECH 8 14 10 15—47
Hillside 16 11 19 15—61
Records—East Chapel Hill 9-12, 0-9 PAC-6; Hillside 13-6, 5-3 PAC-6
Hillside girls bounce back after PAC-6 loss
DURHAM — No problem for PAC-6 heavyweight Hillside against East Chapel Hill.
Hillside’s girls beat ECH 67-32 on Wednesday.
Mylea McKennith continues to score the ball well for the Hillside, dropping in 18 points, while Hornets senior Jordyn Smith tossed in 12.
Riley Foster (9 points) and Adrienne Davis (8 points) did what they could for the Wildcats.
Hillside was rebounding from a Tuesday-evening loss to Jordan, the first PAC-6 team to take down the Hornets this season. Hillside is tied for first place with Southern, both at 7-1 in league play.
Southern beat Northern on Wednesday.
Hillside 67, East Chapel Hill 32
EAST CHAPEL HILL — Ali Cyr-Scully 7, Teara Holt 2, Riley Foster 9, Adrienne Davis 8, Jazmine Daye 6.
HILLSIDE — Mylea McKennith 18, Sydney Brown 8, Justine Lyons 11, Mya Webb 6, Teri Crews 4, Jordyn Smith 12, Daesha Marshall 8.
ECH 8 13 3 8—32
Hillside 17 17 20 13—67
Records — East Chapel Hill 5-14, 1-8 PAC-6; Hillside 17-3, 7-1 PAC-6