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Carver holds off Northside to earn important region victory

David Mitchell

Carver's Stefan Harris grabbing a defensive rebound late in the 1st period of the game against Northside Saturday night at Carver High School
Carver's Stefan Harris grabbing a defensive rebound late in the 1st period of the game against Northside Saturday night at Carver High School

There were times when Northside seized control of its game against Carver on Saturday night. More than once, it put together a barrage of baskets that made it look briefly as if the Patriots would find a way to pull out a victory.

But for every advance, the Tigers had an answer, holding off a late rally to win 73-67 at home. The win made Carver 3-1 in region play, while Northside fell to 3-2.

“I thought we played pretty tough defense tonight,” Carver coach Warren Beaulah said. “We made them take some tough shots and didn’t give them many second and third opportunities on the offensive end.”

Both teams were cold early as neither scored at all until over two minutes had drained off of the clock in the first quarter. Northside’s Dalandis Hopkins put in the first two of his game-high 23 points to begin the scoring and the Patriots briefly had the early momentum. Finally, with about two minutes remaining in the quarter, Carver caught fire. It finished the first up 13-11 and had extended that lead to 30-17 by the 3:30 mark in the second.

The Patriots finished out the first half strong and cut the deficit to six points by intermission. A 9-2 run over the course of two minutes in the third cut the score to 41-40, the closest the Patriots came in the second half, but Carver responded to score 12 of the next 13 points to close out the quarter up 53-41.

The Tigers extended that lead to 15 points midway through the fourth, but Northside put together another run late to cut it to within six. Carver staved off any potential comeback, though, and hung on for the victory.

Lorenzo Madden led the Tigers with 17 points, followed by Jawon Pass’ 15 and Stefan Harris’ 12. Beaulah pointed to the latter two as key players on Saturday night. Pass got things started early, scoring six of his points in the first quarter and 10 in the first half, while Harris finished things late, scoring 10 of his 12 after the break. Madden had a big second quarter, notching nine points.

“I thought (Pass) was a little more aggressive tonight and Harris came on late with some big baskets and a couple real good assists,” Beaulah said.

Carver is in the mix for a region title, currently tied in the loss column with both Shaw and LaGrange. He doesn’t think his team has reached its peak yet, noting that there’s still a lot of room for improvement on Saturday night’s victory.

“We’re not consistent enough,” he said. “Once we figure it out and we kind of buy into the defensive philosophy, I think we’ll have a chance to contend. Right now, we’re not quite there.”

Carver plays next on Tuesday at Hardaway, while Northside will face Houston County on Monday at Harris County High in the Martin Luther King Classic.

CARVER GIRLS 64, NORTHSIDE 54: The Carver girls topped Northside on Saturday at home 64-54, getting a pair of big games from Alycia Reese and May Milner.

Reese and Milner both notched 21 points in the game to lead the way for the Lady Tigers. Northside was led by Jamiya Austin’s 15, Tselem Gahagan’s 14 and Caitlyn Jakes’ 10.

Carver remained undefeated in region play at 4-0, while Northside slipped to 3-2. The Lady Patriots play Greenville on Monday in the MLK Classic, while Carver plays Tuesday at Hardaway.

Saturday at Carver

Northside 11 18 12 26—67

Carver 13 22 18 20—73

Northside (67)

Dalandis Hopkins 23, Davion Thomas 13, Chris David 12, Cordale Scott 10, Walton 5, Richardson 2, Hall 2.

Carver (73)

Lorenzo Madden 17, Jawon Pass 15, Stefan Harris 12, Nelson 9, Melvin 9, Payne 6, Wilson 3, Jacobs 2.

Records: Northside, 11-4, 3-2; Carver, 12-4, 3-1. Next: Northside, Monday vs. Houston County at Harris County (MLK Classic); Carver, Tuesday at Hardaway.

Saturday at Carver

Northside 12 11 10 21—54

Carver 17 17 11 19—64

Northside (54)

Jamiya Austin 15, Tselem Gahagan 14, Caitlyn Jakes 10, Herndon 7, Apiag 4, Cole 4.

Carver (64)

Alycia Reese 21, Mya Milner 21, Burns 8, Smith 5, Igus 4, Holloway 2, Love-Hill 2, Givens 1.

Records: Northside, 10-4, 3-2; Carver, 14-2, 4-0. Next: Northside, Monday vs. Greenville at Harris County (MLK Classic); Carver, Tuesday at Hardaway.