Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester han­dles Dragons in opener

Af­ter slug­gish start, CSD boys roll in sec­ond half

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­ Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @ Davetalkss­ports.

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.

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