Hillside too much for Southern Wake Academy to handle
Hillside coach Crasten Davis is not crazy, he’s just exacting.
“It may sound crazy, but I didn’t think we play very well in the first half,” he said following Thursday’s 90-34 victory over Southern Wake Academy at the City of Durham Holiday Invitational at Mount Zion Christian Academy.
Not playing very well had the Hornets leading 44-17 against an undermanned opponent. Hillside had more players score in the game (13) than Southern Wake had players on the roster (8).
“I thought they rebounded with us in the first half, and I didn’t think that should be happening,” said Davis.
Still, Hillside blitzed the Lions with a 15-0 run to end the first quarter. A 15-2 run in the second quarter left no doubt of the final outcome.
“We needed to rebound better and finish around the rim,” Davis said. “I thought we had left a lot of opportunities out there (in the first half) because we didn’t run.”
Four Hornets had double-digit scoring nights. D’Ontray Johnson and Malik Evans each had 11 while TyQuon Reid and De’Shon Self had 10 apiece.
Even in a blowout, Davis said he could learn something about his team.
“You can learn how mentally tough they are, “ he said. “In a game like this it’s easy to lose focus, stop running and do a lot of 1-on-1 moves. In the second half, we played out game.”
In the second half, Hillside outscored Southern Wake 46-17, two points better than in the first.
Hillside 90, Southern Wake 34
SOUTHERN WAKE — Rob Whitefield 15, Randy Neal 12, Demark King 4, Devon Walker 2, Victor Mangum 3.
HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 11, Robert Robinson, Jr. 5, Malik Evans 11, Isaiah Dickens 2, TyQuon Reid 10, Trevion Thompson 5, Marius McAllister 8, Reggie Young 2, De’Shon Self 10, Timothy Mangum 6, Marcus Bowling 6, Emanuel McGirt 8, Jamari Warren 6.
Southern Wake 6 11 9 8—34
Hillside 24 20 23 23—90
Records—Holly Springs Southern Wake Academy 4-5, Hillside 9-2.