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Bulldogs hold off Knights to stay perfect

Bulldogs claim second victory over county foe

Posted: November 23, 2014 - 12:17am
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Harlem's Torien Beard attempts a layup around Evans' Austin Shead. Harlem defeated Evans for the first time in 10 years.  Photos by Jim Blaylock
Photos by Jim Blaylock
Harlem's Torien Beard attempts a layup around Evans' Austin Shead. Harlem defeated Evans for the first time in 10 years.

Tuesday night at Evans, the Harlem High School Bulldogs walked off the floor 3-0 on the young basketball season, with two wins against county rivals.

After taking control of the game early in the fourth period, the Bulldogs held off a late Evans rally, winning 68-64.

“I knew this was going to be a tough game for us, and it’s been 10 years since we’ve beaten Evans, so I’m pretty proud,” said Bulldogs’ coach Kim Chambers.

Reggie Reid paced the Bulldogs with his third triple-double of the year, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. With the Bulldogs nursing a late lead, Reid went 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. His only miss came with the Bulldogs leading 63-61 with 40 seconds to play, but Rayshun Morris was there for the offensive rebound. He was fouled and sank two free throws to stretch the lead back to four.

“That was huge,” said Evans coach Kevin Kenny. “That was the perfect situation where we wanted it. We put them on the line and they missed and fundamentally we didn’t do a god job of getting the rebound. That was definitely hard to overcome right there.”

Evans’ freshman Serron Spann drilled his third 3-pointer of the night and Harlem’s Dakota Madigan hit one of two from the charity stripe to make the Bulldogs lead 66-64 with 17 seconds left in the game.

Spann was fouled with nine seconds left and with a chance to tie missed both free throws, with Reid grabbing the rebound and salting it away with two free throws.

“It’s a tough situation for a freshman with those two free throws,” said Kenny. “He (Spann) played well, he played very well that second half and he actually gave us a lift.”

Morris scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, which was big as senior Torien Beard fouled out at the beginning of the fourth period. “When Reggie (Reid) would dribble through and penetrate, I would just get ready to shoot and go to the hole,” said Morris.

Spann and Trevon Caberrus led the Knights (0-1) with 13 points while Michael Steflick had 12.

Free-throw shooting hurt the Knights as they finished 14 of 33 from the stripe while the Bulldogs were 14 of 21.

In girls’ play, a young Evans team saw its lone senior, Elyssa Melton, take charge as the Lady Knights beat the Lady Bulldogs (0-3) 67-16.

Starting the second period, Melton scored from all over the court, pouring in 12 of the team’s first 16 points as the Lady Knights took a 35-6 lead. She would finish with a game-high 20 points.

“This year early on her (Melton) being able to say I’m willing to take some shots from different spots on the floor, she’s my workhorse,” said Evans’ coach Ryan Morningstar, who started two freshmen, a sophomore and junior with Melton. “She’s definitely going to keep this team together.”

Freshman Kiyana Nelson showed her versatility adding 15 and junior Camille Saunders pitched in with 10.

Leah Wangness scored a team-high seven for the Lady Bulldogs. Coach Bill Madigan noted his young team will have to go through growing pains but liked the effort they put out on the floor Tuesday.

“I thought the second half we hustled more, we played a little bit harder,” Madigan said. “We have to play hard every time we’re on the court and look to improve every game and it’ll come.”

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