Bulldogs topple River Mill
Durham School of the Arts established some early momentum against River Mill Academy and took care of home court with a 70-51 win Tuesday night in the Carolina 12 Conference.
The visiting Jaguars from Graham were shorthanded, playing without a couple of players including their starting point guard, River Mill coach Lemont Turner said.
The Bulldogs’ ball pressure took a toll on the Jags, Turner said.
“We ran out of gas,” Turner said.
River Mill’s R.J. Alvarado (15 points) caused some problems for DSA, but the other Jaguars weren’t able to give him enough help, Turner said.
The game pretty much was in the bag for the Bulldogs late in the fourth quarter when DSA’s Chris Lockamy still was coaching as if his team was behind.
Lockamy was trying to get his players to understand situational basketball. At the time, DSA didn’t need to take a shot, but some of the less experienced Bulldogs still shooting instead of simply taking care of the basketball, Lockamy said.
Lockamy said the hope is that those instructional timeouts he called would pay dividends later in the season.
“For the most part, they did a pretty good job of executing down at the end,” Lockamy said.
Of course, it was all good when DSA’s Terrance Reddick broke loose for a dunk during the game’s final seconds.
“We’ve been punking him in practice all year long,” Lockamy said about Reddick. “He’s a senior, and we told him if he’s going to get one, it’s got to be on somebody. Well, he did it.”
That flush gave Reddick 14 points, and DSA’s Aaron Bumphus led all scorers with 18.
DSA (B) 70, River Mill 51
RIVER MILL — William Curasi 7, R.J. Alvarado 15, Taylor Hundley 4, Brandon Melvin 6, Cody Moore 6, Alek Buie 9, Bobby Jennings 4.
DSA — Dajon Rodgers 2, Markez Melvin 9, James Marshall 10, Terrance Reddick 14, Aaron Bumphus 18, Bryce Griffin 9, Shean Thorpe 4, Dominique Moody 4.
Records—River Mill 6-6; DSA 5-5.
River Mill (G) 68, DSA 27
River Mills’ girls took a 38-9 lead over DSA into the locker room at halftime.
DSA coach Catherine Williams-Neal said her team’s slow start did them in.
“The second half was much better than that first half,” Williams-Neal said. “Welcome to high school, big-girl basketball. I’ve got a lot of freshmen.”
Williams-Neal said she told her players that the sort of wins they got early in the season would be harder to get once they started playing against Carolina 12 teams such as River Mill.
The hope is DSA’s younger players will adjust to the level of play in the conference as the season progresses, Williams-Neal said.
Ariel Wilson and Jaida Henderson scored eight points apiece for DSA, while River Mill’s Daijah Faucette had 16 points all by herself to lead all scorers.
River Mill (G) 68, DSA 27
RIVER MILL — Marla Crawford 8, Daijah Faucette 16, Kayla Burns 6, Kena Brencefield 9, Ashley Spiney 10, Lenaira Ruffin 5, Lenaja Ruffin 7.
DSA — Crystal Clark 5, Ariel Wilson 8, Sydney Harris 2, Brittney Dickerson 2, Angela Travers 2, Jaida Henderson 8.
Records—River Mill 12-1; Durham School of the Arts 5-5.