Cavs use fourth-quarter burst to down Trinity
Durham Academy went on an 11-0 run in the fourth period and got out of the gym at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill with a 48-38 win.
The game was tied at 31 at the start of the final eight minutes.
Trinity didn’t score in the fourth until there was 1:29 left to play, too late to undo what the Cavaliers had put together.
“We just had a hard time finding the hoop there in the fourth,” Trinity coach Spencer Dicks said.
Durham Academy sophomore Alston Thompson had a bead on the basket all night, leading all scorers with 24 points even though some of his dunks wouldn’t go down. The home crowd gave Thompson an earful.
“Tough miss,” Thompson said.
Thompson made his free throws, though, five in the fourth period when he scored nine points.
Thompson, a handful at 6-5, 200 pounds, set the tone with several quick buckets to start the game.
But Durham Academy went away from the big man, allowing Trinity to hang around and battle back.
Cavaliers coach Tim McKenna said his halftime speech was about why in the world the Cavaliers would stop feeding Thompson.
“It was frustrating how we were taking too many quick shots and not looking inside. We had a size advantage,” McKenna said.
The frustrating thing for Dicks was having capable players who just weren’t sticking shots.
“We’ve got the guys who can score,” Dicks said. “We’ve got to have the confidence to come out and execute.”
Scoring by guys like Trinity’s Tyler Eckstein kept the Lions in the game.
When Durham Academy tried to pull away in the second half, Eckstein fired in a 3-pointer, his second of the game.
A little floater by Trinity’s Will Stevenson cut Durham Academy’s margin to one before a bucket by Hayes Thielman gave the Lions their first lead of the game, helping set up the final frame when the Cavaliers went on that big run.
DA 48, Trinity 38
DURHAM ACADEMY — Morgan Jones 3, Sam Lane 8, Slater Daniels 4, Nash Carey-Ewend 6, Khari Williams 1, Alston Thompson 24, Pryce Sinclair 1, Jordan Stenner 1
TRINITY — Hayes Thielman 4, Zach Dickson 7, Todd Echstenkamper 10, Xavier Idriss, Christian Kowalski 6, Tyler Eckstein 8, Will Stevenson 2
Records—Durham Academy 12-5; Trinity 3-9.
New Life (G) 54, Trinity 41
The Trinity girls’ team played earlier in the day and lost 54-41 to the New Life Storm, a collection of Raleigh-based, home-schooled students who could finish strong at the rim or step outside and shoot a 3-pointer.
Playing with walking pneumonia, Trinity’s Kellie Schaefer hit a deep jumper to bring her Lions within two in the first half.
“I love basketball too much to not play,” Schaefer said.
“She’s a trooper, a team player,” Trinity coach Blair Burke said.
New Life rebuilt its lead in the second half, going up by 12 before Trinity’s Sydney Williams trimmed it with a 3, but Emily Stone rained one from behind the arc to fluff the Storm’s cushion.
New Life’s Hannah Grace MacDonald led all scorers with 16 points.
New Life (G) 54, Trinity 41
NEW LIFE — Hannah Grace MacDonald 16, Hanna Carlson, Katie Patrick 2, Tamara Johnson 2, Emily Stone 10, Grace Carll 2, Leigh Hales 5, Shelby Suffridge 6, Sarah Suffridge 5
TRINITY — Abby Turner 5, Sydney Williams 3, Rachel Hand 4, Victoria James 8, Kellie Schaefer 12, Emilie Miller 3, Allie Ruffing 6
Records—New Life 10-7; Trinity 5-4.