Se­nior Mo­ments

Bord­ley nets 41 points, John­son adds 23, as C-SD sets date with Kent

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caroline/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tre Bord­ley glides in for a layup against Colonel Richard­son Tues­day, Feb. 28.

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