Crisfield routs NC in opener

Bull­dogs have more turnovers than points in first half of a run­away

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS - By DAVID INSLEY dins­[email protected]­dem.com

CRISFIELD — Leroy Fitch­ett’s first shot of the new sea­son found noth­ing but net, a 3-pointer that gave North Caroline High’s boys’ bas­ket­ball team its first lead less than a minute into Thurs­day night’s opener at Crisfield.

It went down­hill from there, though, for the Bull­dogs.

Class 1A Crisfield went on an 18-2 run to fin­ish the first quar­ter, and held last sea­son’s Class 2A state run­nerup to just 14 first-half points en route to a 58-37 vic­tory.

“We’ll be all right,” Bull­dogs head coach Steve Perry said. “We’ve just got to get our point guard back, work on some things. But we’ll be all right.”

Junior J.B. Brown, who didn’t dress for Thurs­day’s game, is still nurs­ing an an­kle in­jury suf­fered in North Caroline’s sea­so­nend­ing foot­ball play­off loss to Elk­ton the week be­fore Thanks­giv­ing. Brown said he’s re­cov­er­ing well, but his re­turn date was not firm yet.

De­spite a rough road loss to open an­other sea­son, Perry wasn’t down in the mouth, re­call­ing how last sea­son, his best at the helm for the Bull­dogs, be­gan.

“We went to (Stephen) De­catur last year and we

were los­ing by more than 30 points in that game open­ing night,” Perry said. “And yeah, we lost, but we turned things around. We’ll be bet­ter off once we get healthy and get some more time in. We’re still pretty young. It’ just a mat­ter of time.”

Within a few sec­onds of Fitch­ett’s open­ing trey, Crisfield’s Justin Co­hen replied with a 3-pointer to erase the Bull­dogs’ only lead. Co­hen outscored North Caroline in first-quar­ter scor­ing, hang­ing nine on the board. It was 3214 at half­time, Co­hen hav­ing scored 10 of his 16 by half­time.

Be­tween two press schemes — a 1-2-2 and a 2-21 — as well as some full-court man de­fense with three-quar­ter traps thrown in for good mea­sure, the Crab­bers forced 14 first-half turnovers by the Bull­dogs, who also man­aged just three of­fen­sive re­bounds be­fore in­ter­mis­sion.

“We re­ally did a good job on the glass, even though they were a lit­tle bit big­ger than us,” Crisfield head coach David Arnold said. “All-in-all, I think we scored about an eight on the 1-10 scale de­fen­sively tonight. There’s still a few things we can work on. Of­fen­sively, though, we were about a four. I think the big thing was that we missed a lot of free throws.”

Un­like the Bull­dogs, who had trou­ble keep­ing a han­dle on the ball in the lane, the Crab­bers went to the rack with some mea­sure of suc­cess. More im­por­tantly, a lot of Crab­ber misses re­sulted re­sulted in foul calls, while the Bull­dogs’ tries were de­flected more, and usu­ally wound up in the hands of a Crisfield de­fender.

An­other big fac­tor was who got whis­tled; by half­time, Fitch­ett had four per­son­als, while Bull­dog cen­ter Ken­dron Way­man had three. Fitch­ett sat af­ter half­time.

“We did a good job in the lane and un­der the bucket,” Arnold said. “I think they played good de­fense against their big guys.”

Cortrey Fon­taine, whose 21 points led all scor­ers, got hot­ter as things went on. He had just two points in the first quar­ter, and eight at the break. He put in 13 more down the stretch, as the Crab­bers led by as many as 29 three dif­fer­ent times be­fore emp­ty­ing the bench.

Rykell Wa­ters added eight points and five steals, and Javen Smith scored seven.

Guard Mon­treyse Deshields and Way­man, as well as Fitch­ett, led North Caroline with nine points apiece.

North Caroline vis­its C. Mil­ton Wright, in Bel Air, at 2 p.m. Satur­day for its next game. The Crab­bers travel to Wi­comico at 5:30 p.m. Tues­day.

Col. Richard­son 62, Wash­ing­ton 50

PRINCESS ANNE — Diante Dick­er­son and Har­ley Mal­don­ado

each scored 10 points to pace the Colonels.

The Colonels host Queen Anne’s on Tues­day.

Vas­sih Gadda’s 11 points for the Jaguars led all scor­ers, while Ja­mal Matthews had 10.

Wi­comico 77, Cam­bridge-SD 57

SAL­IS­BURY — Just af­ter hon­or­ing head coach Butch Waller by ded­i­cat­ing the court in his name, the In­di­ans won their sea­son opener, surg­ing to a four-point lead af­ter one quar­ter with a 6-0 run, and never look­ing back.

Cam­bridge-SD next plays at Kent County on Tues­day.

Do­rian Stevens led Wi­comico with 20 points, while Jaden Baker had 17.

Eas­ton 90, Mardela 61

MARDELA SPRINGS — Eas­ton used La­mont Pow­ell’s 24 points and 23 from Jae­don Cop­per to power a sea­sonopen­ing win.

Dante Hall (14) and Alek Riedel (11) also per­formed well for Eas­ton, which next plays at Park­side on Tues­day.

Syncere Pin­kett’s 19 points led Mardela.

Stephen De­catur 59, Queen Anne’s 56

BER­LIN — De­spite trail­ing by 10 with four min­utes to play, the Sea­hawks edged the Lions.

A game-high 34 points, 15 re­bounds, and five blocks by big man Churchill Bounds led De­catur.

Nick Dunkerly scored 16 for Queen Anne’s, while Thomas Mur­ray (12) and Hugh Mee­han (10) also broke dou­ble fig­ures. Queen Anne’s vis­its Colonel on Tues­day.

J.M. Ben­nett 60, Kent Is­land 57

SAL­IS­BURY — Cole Kra­tovil scored 15 points, Chris­tian Matthews added 10 points and 11 re­bounds, as the Buc­ca­neers lost their opener.

Toby Skeans added 11 points for Kent Is­land, which hosts St. Michaels on Tues­day.

Sev­ern 78, SSPP 22

SEVERNA PARK — The Sabres (1-1) fell be­hind 25-6 af­ter one quar­ter, and 43-16 at half­time, suf­fer­ing their first loss of the young sea­son on the road Wed­nes­day night.

Gun­ther du Hoffman’s 17 points led Saints Peter and Paul, whose next game is tonight at 6 p.m. at home against Worces­ter Prep.

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

North Caroline High’s Ken­dron Way­man (32) bat­tles with two Crisfield de­fend­ers un­der the rim dur­ing the third quar­ter of Thurs­day night’s game in War Me­mo­rial Gym­na­sium.

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