Bulldogs pull out win over Granville Central
Bryce Griffin scored on a drive to the basket with nine seconds remaining as Durham School of the Arts won a slugfest over Granville Central 51-49 on Friday night.
Granville Central’s Nyquan Wortham was fouled as time expired, but he missed his first free throw, sending Bulldogs fans into a frenzy.
In the girls’ game, Durham School of the Arts led 27-17 early in the third quarter but Granville Central went on an incredible 28-2 run to take command ad pull away for a 57-41 victory and stay unbeaten in girls basketball.
Alexis Bailey scored 21 points for the Panthers (12-0, 4-0), with Brianna Blair adding 16 and Keena Evans 13. Ariel Wilson led the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-2) with 22 points.
After a game of runs — the DSA boys’ team answered with a 13-2 spurt into the third quarter after the Panthers scored 12 unanswered points into the second quarter — the Bulldogs took control with their defense. DSA forced 11 turnovers in the fourth quarter, including three five-second calls.
“We’ve got a philosophy: Five on five for five,” DSA coach Chris Lockamy said. “Our guys have bought in — our young guys have bought into playing defense. When you have freshman and sophomores and seniors who are willing to play defense the way they did, I can’t take any credit for it. Those guys wanted to get down and get dirty defensively.”
The Bulldogs (3-4, 3-1 Carolina 12 2A/1A) went up 46-40 with 3:27 left on a pair of Griffin free throws, but Granville Central fought back to tie the game at 49 on a driving layup by Wortham. Lockamy called timeout, and with the Panthers playing tight man-to-man, Griffin made a move from the left wing.
“They were hugging everybody defensively,” Lockamy said. “Bryce, he’s young, but he’s quick. He’s been kind of down and out this season; he hadn’t been hitting the jump shots. We told him to turn and drive. He went to the basket and scored it for us.”
Without any timeouts, Granville Central hurried down the floor, and Wortham (18 points) was fouled. Panthers faithful thought he was fouled in the act of shooting, which would have given him three free throws, but the officials ruled he was not.
“I think he was shooting on a 3-point shot,” Panthers coach Mike McDaniel said. That’s what we believe, until we can watch a video. But the referee made a call.”
Granville Central (7-5, 3-2) made a mini run of 7-2 early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 40, but that’s when the turnover bug struck McDaniel’s young team.
“We’re an inexperienced team,” McDaniel said. “This is our second conference game that we’ve dropped, and both of them were in our hands. Every game, every possession is a learning experience for us. We’ll try to correct it Monday on practice.
“But I credit DSA’s defense for forcing the game. They won the game with their defense.”
Terrance Reddick led the Bulldogs with 14 points, with Dominique Moody adding 10. Jeremiah Green chipped in 11 points for Granville Central.
Granville Central (G) 57, DSA 41
GRANVILLE CENTRAL — Alexis Bailey 21, Brianna Blair 16, Keena Evans 13, Tamara Crews 5, Aquoyo Swann 2
DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARTS — Ariel Wilson 22, Crystal Clark 8, Tamara Hall 5, Hayden Rigs8, bee 2, Brittany Diverson 2, Sydney Hams 2
3-point FG—Granville Central 4 (Evans 2, Bailey 1, Crews 1), DSA 3 (Wilson 2, Clark 1).
Records — Granville Central 12-0, 4-0 Carolina 12 2A/1A; Durham School of the Arts 3-2, 2-2
DSA (B) 51, Granville Central 49
GRANVILLE CENTRAL — Nyquan Wortham 18, Jeremiah Green 11, Michael Freeman 8, Kaleb Hunter 4, John Fletcher 3, Peyton Thomas 3, Jonathan Prince 2
DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARTS — Terrance Reddick 14, Dominique Moody 10, James Mitchell 9, Shean Thorne 6, Bryce Griffin 6, Dajun Rogers 4, Markez Melvin 2.
Durham School of the Arts|10|10|18|13—51
3-point FG—Granville Central 3 (Green, Fletcher, Wortham), DSA 1 (Thorne 1). Technical fouls—DSA 1 (Jason Jackson).
Records—Granville Central 7-5, 3-2 Carolina 12 2A/1A; Durham School of Arts 3-4, 3-1.