The Carver boys basketball team’s biggest lead of its consolation game against Brookstone in the Shaw tournament came after its final bucket, a sign of how the team finished a contest that remained close early in the second half.
Helped along by Dominique Johnson’s 18 first-half points and Drelon Freeman’s 13 in the second half, the Tigers rolled to a 77-55 victory, giving it a split in two games for the tournament.
“It was very important,” coach Warren Beaulah said of the win following a 63-60 loss to Northside in the second round. “I told them, the only thing to get out of this after the loss was to enter 2014 on a winning not, and that was important to us.”
The team was missing two key players, Mekhi Brown and Khane Pass, who are attending showcases for football. Beaulah said that, while his team didn’t play its best in either of the two games in the Shaw tournament, he’s confident in its ability once it returns to full strength.
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As it was, it got plenty of contribution from a handful of players.
Johnson, who finished with a team-high 22 points, was nearly unstoppable in the first half, dominating the inside for the Tigers en route to a big early lead. He scored 11 points in the first quarter to help Carver take a 23-9 lead after one. He picked up four more quickly in the second quarter, extending the lead to 29-12 and finished the half with 18.
Brookstone adjusted in the second half, limiting his opportunities, but Freeman stepped up from outside to finish with 21 points in the game. He hit four three-pointers, two in each half.
“It’s great to have so many guys you can look to, especially now when we’re missing a couple key guys,” Beaulah said. “It’s nice to see who can step up, and we had a few today.”
Jawon Pass also finished in double figures with 14 and Kimium Woods had 10.
Brookstone got a big effort from Fred Davies, who scored 16 in the first half. At one point stretching from the end of the second quarter into the beginning of the third, Davies scored 14 straight points for Brookstone.
Beaulah said his team made some adjustments at halftime, however, and were able to limit Davies’ opportunities later in the game.
Jonathan Gordon also finished with 13 points for the Cougars, who lost both games they played in the tournament.
Shaw 63, Jordan 61
The Raiders escaped a close contest with the Red Jackets, winning 63-61 in a consolation game of the Shaw tournament on Saturday at Carver.
A trio of players finished in double figures for Shaw, with Kentrell Parker and Marcus Thomas each scoring 14 and John Jackson adding 11.
L.D. Jones led the way for Jordan in the losing effort, notching 22 points, followed by Onte Harrison’s 16.
Columbus 47, Hardaway 46
Benjamin Gardner hit a shot with two seconds left to rescue the Blue Devils after they had blown a late lead against Hardaway in a consolation game of the Shaw tournament on Saturday at Jordan.
Gardner finished with a team-high 14 points, followed by Marvin Lloyd’s 13. The win gave Columbus a split in its two tournament games.
Hardaway nearly came back to win, taking a 46-45 lead late. Justin Crawford had three steals in the final minute to help facilitate the furious rally. He also scored a game-high 19 points. Quikeem Boynes added 12 for Hardaway, which lost both of its games in the tournament.
Kendrick 73, Bullock County 60
The Kendrick boys defeated Bullock County on Saturday night at Carver in a consolation game of the Shaw tournament.
The win made it a split for the Cherokees in their two tournament games.
After a day off Sunday, the tournament will resume with the semifinal rounds for both girls and boys on Monday. In the boys semifinals, Central and Northside will face off at 8 p.m. at Carver and Harris County will play Spencer at 4 p.m. at Carver.
Saturday at Jordan
Brookstone 9 16 17 13—55
Carver 23 9 25 20—77
Fred Davies 23, Jonathan Gordon 13, Olubowale 8, Wolff 6, McCluskey 3, Henson 2.
Dominique Johnson 22, Drelon Freeman 21, Jawon Pass 14, Kimium Woods 10; Jones 2, Madden 2, Harris 2, Ransome 2, Calhoun 2.
Saturday at Carver
Shaw 20 15 15 13—63
Jordan 17 19 8 17—61
Kentrell Parker 14, Marcus Thomas 14, John Jackson 11, Paulding 8, Diaz 5, Shakespeare 4, Edwards 4, Walker 3.
L.D. Jones 22, Onte Harrison 16, Knight 8, Smith 6, Thomas 5, Foster 4.
Saturday at Jordan
Columbus 14 13 10 10—47
Hardaway 10 11 7 18—46
Benjamin Gardner 14, Marvin Lloyd 13, Harris 7, Snodgrass 6, Ivey 5, Traylor 2.
Justin Crawford 19, Quikeem Boynes 12, Prophet 7, Daniel 4, Harris 2, Billingsley 2.