Bordley nets 41 points, Johnson adds 23, as C-SD sets date with Kent
AMERICAN CORNER — Cambridge-South Dorchester High seniors Tre Bordley, who scored a game-high 41 points, and Keyshawn Johnson who added 23 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, led the Vikings to a 84-76 victory over Colonel Richardson in a Class 1A East Section I semifinal.
AMERICAN CORNER — Senior Moments. That was Cambridge-South Dorchester High boys’ head basketball coach Vic Burns’ instant analysis while shaking his head Tuesday night after the Vikings’ 84-76 victory over Colonel Richardson in a Class 1A East Section I semifinal.
The third-seeded Vikings (7-14) advance to Thursday’s 5 p.m. Section I final at No. 1 seed Kent County (18-4), which rolled to a 122-72 win over North Dorchester last night.
Burns’ analysis stemmed from the performances of seniors Tre Bordley, who scored a game-high 41 points, and Keyshawn Johnson who added 23 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter.
Cambridge-SD jumped to an early 10-2 lead, but the Colonels (7-14) kept pace and pulled within a basket of the lead 10 times in the second half. Each time, the Vikings denied the Colonel with big baskets by Bordley and Johnson.
Bordley drained six three-pointers in the game, and continually scored tough baskets in the lane to halt any momentum Colonel was building.
In the fourth quarter, consecutive three-pointers by Lorenzo Turner (16 points) brought Colonel within 62-61. But Johnson scored 12 of the next 15 points for the Vikings to pull away for the victor y.
“Tonight was about Tre and Keyshawn,” Burns said. “They brought their A-Game. Tre came out smoking. I’ve never seen him shoot threes that way before.
“I thought Keyshawn gave us a big advantage inside, and he came through, battling for offensive rebounds and scoring a bunch of clutch baskets in the fourth quarter. Ever yone just played real well tonight.”
After Cambridge-SD’s fast start, Colonel freshman guard Diante Dickerson (29 points) got his team back in the game with a pair of threepointers to cut the deficit to 12-9. Bordley answered with a layup and a three-pointer.
The Colonels responded before the end of the quarter with a threepointer by Turner and two free throws by Dickerson to cut the lead to 18-16.
Bordley’s scorching start continued in the second quarter by helping the Vikings to their largest lead at 34-19 by hitting three treys and a layup.
Dickerson regrouped the Colonels and led them on a quick 9-0 run to cut the lead to 34-27. Dickerson started the spurt by dishing to Darrion Speller (21 points) for two baskets. Dickerson added a layup and a three-point play at the end of the run. Speller scored right before halftime, shaving the Vikings lead to 38-32.
In the third quarter, Colonel and Cambridge-SD traded baskets with the Vikings’ lead fluctuating between 2 and 8 points.
Speller’s three brought Colonel within 52-50 late in the quarter, but Bordley answered seconds later with a three-pointer to put the Vikings back up 55-50.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Colonels got within two three times, but Bordley’s layup and three free throws, and Johnson’s jumper gave Cambridge-SD a 62-58 edge.
Turner brought the home crowd to a fever pitch when he drained another three-pointer to cut the lead to 62-61.
Once again the Vikings crushed the surge with a jumper by Johnson and a dunk by Bordley off a steal to increase the lead to 66-61.
A tip-in on the next possession by Colonel’s Marcus Johnson trimmed the lead to three. But Bordley and Johnson answered again with baskets to extend the lead to 70-63.
Late in the game, Turner drained another three-pointer to cut the lead to 71-68, but Johnson made consecutive jumpers for a 75-68 Vikings’ lead. Colonel would not get within one possession the rest of the game.
“Bordley played out of his mind all night,” Colonel head coach Brad Plutschak said. “We just came up on the wrong end of it, and it was not for lack of effort for either team. It was just a great playoff basketball game.
“Diante was our leading scorer, and he is a freshman,” Plutschak added. “Lorenzo Turner hit five three-pointers, and he is a sophomore. Darrion and Marcus are juniors. We are excited about our future. I’m really happy about the growth the guys made, and happy they stuck with in.
“I know these guys wanted this game,” he said. “I’m proud of the season they had. We managed to get a home playoff game, which is big for these guys. It is always great playing at home because the crowd is always into the game, creating an awesome atmosphere.”
Plutschak thanked his coaches, James Jackson, Jared Sherman, Desmond Corsey and Tom Covey.
“I just want to thank the coaches for ever ything they do,” he said. “They put in a lot of hours. I really appreciate all they do.”
Kent 122, N. Dorchester 72
WORTON — She’mar Turner scored 32 points and Marcquan Greene had 23 to lead the top-seeded Trojans. JayShaun Freeman and Wayne Whye each netted 14 points for Kent County, and Takai Caulk finished with 12.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Tre Bordley glides in for a layup against Colonel Richardson Tuesday, Feb. 28.