Cambridge-South Dorchester handles Dragons in opener
After sluggish start, CSD boys roll in second half
Cambridge-SD 55 — Salisbury School 34 CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge-South Dorchester High boys’ basketball team began its season Monday with a 55-34 win over Salisbury School. But one quarter into the game, it didn’t look good for the defending North Bayside champs.
Down seven points, and with more missed shots than points after one quar- ter, C-SD needed something to change against the feisty Dragons, who had already played four games this season.
The changes came in the form of a different defensive scheme, and the slow burn on visitors’ legs caused by the added length of the gymnasium’s new hardwood floor.
“I think when they went to that 1-3-1, it really hurt us,” Salisbury head coach Keith Brown said. “Plus, we got tired on the big floor here.”
The switch from a 3-2 to a 1-3-1 after the first period, combined with the 94-foot length of the new court, installed in June, began to tell. The Vikings turned the tide in the second quarter, tying it 19-19 by the half, before pulling away in the second half.
“I don’t know really if it was anything we did,” C-SD head coach Vic Burns said, adding with a laugh, “but I think they [Salisbury School] got tired . ... We didn’t play at all the way we could, but we’ve also got three, now possibly four, guys who can’t play for a couple of weeks, by the looks of it, for a number of reasons.”
Injuries and disciplinary issues limited C-SD to nine players Monday. Burns had 13 on his roster in preseason.
The Dragons (4-1) came out fighting, with juniors Vergel Lau, Daniel Chasse, and Brock McCabe each putting in two buckets while helping hold C-SD to 3-of-13 shooting from the floor in the first period. Five Viking turnovers didn’t help. At the end of the first quarter, Salisbruy led 14-7.
C-SD changed its defense, and put more interior pressure on the ball in the second. Plus, the 94-foot court, the only one in the North Bayside and the first the Dragons had played on all season, wore them down.
“We don’t have a lot of depth, and the longer floor, yeah, it definitely wore on us,” Brown said. “And as you could tell, when they started putting pressure on us and we got tired, we made a lot, a lot of turnovers. I think we ended with 23, and I don’t think we had more than five or six in the first half.”
A 12-5 run in the second quarter by the Vikings tied it 19-19 going into intermission. C-SD came out hot in the third quarter, but got a quick chill when one of their leaders went down.
Just 3½ minutes into the third quarter, senior Koby Jones, the Vikings’ only returning starter, leaped to defend a pass, and came down awkwardly on his right leg. Jones fell to the floor screaming in pain. After a 10-minute stoppage of play, he was carried off the court. The extent of his injury was not known at press time.
The loss of their most experienced floor man seemed to light a fire under the Vikings, who exploded in the third quarter with a 22-5 run that put the game out of reach. Tre’ Boardley finished with a game-high 20 points to go with seven rebounds. Keyshawn Johnson added 12 points, Jerry Wongus scored nine, and Keshawn Potter six.
“We looked kind of flat early,” Burns said. “And we can’t play like that tomorrow . ... If we play like that, they [Decatur] will score 100 points on us . ... Realistically, this is a team we should’ve managed better, if you know what I mean. We shouldn’t have been behind them by that much, ever. ... We’ve got to manage our game better than that.” Girls’ Basketball Cambridge-SD 41 Salisbur y School 16 CAMBRIDGE — The Vikings never trailed in their seasonopening win, the first game played on C-SD’s new floor. Cambridge-SD led 10-2 after one quarter, and 26-2 at halftime, giving rookie head coach Bruce Springer a victor y in his debut.
Natalya Pritchett and Abbey Robinson each scored 11 points for the Vikings. Ashia Wright chipped in eight, and Ja’Zhana Butler, who scored the first free throw and field goal on the new floor, added seven points, along with a gamehigh 10 rebounds. Emily Butler scored 11 points for the Dragons.