Eastern Guilford caps perfect season against conference opponents
十一选五走势图Four minutes was all the time Eastern Guilford needed Saturday night to create enough separation and complete a clean sweep of league opponents this season.
The quick-strike Wildcats survived a rally and separated a final time to win the Mid-Piedmont Conference Tournament against host Williams High School by a 67-53 final score.
Eastern Guilford went 12-0 against the conference en route to being crowned regular-season champions, then won both its games in the league tournament.
十一选五走势图 “It feels really good considering how hard we worked to get here. But, we can’t just stop right now,” Wildcats junior Kamell Smith said. “We’re going to enjoy the moment (now) but playoffs start soon, so we’re getting ready for that next.”
Kadyn Dawkins led the Wildcats (20-6) with 20 points, Omarion Johnson supplied 19 and Smith finished with 17.
“We had good parts. I still think we’re making too many bad decisions, but I’m proud of them,” Eastern Guilford coach Joseph Spinks said. “They really came out in the game and really stepped up their intensity in the beginning of the game. That first 12 minutes, I was very proud of the way they started the game.”
The Wildcats reached top speed in the first four minutes of the second quarter when they sprinted to a 16-0 run to take a 19-point lead. Nine of those points in that stretch came from Dawkins, a guard, who drove the lane and converted layups, including an acrobatic one, and made a 3-pointer.
十一选五走势图 “We got a lot of tipped passes, got our fast breaks. I think when we make layups on the fast break, it kind of settles our shooters down,” Spinks said. “Kamell and Kadyn were able to knock down a 3 or two there. … Next thing you know, we look up and I think we’re up big.”
The run coincided with Williams senior forward Jamauree Haith having to sit on the bench with two early fouls.
“Couldn’t make a shot and they got it going. They’re awfully quick,” Williams coach Tommy Cole said. “Those two (Smith and Johnson) pound the boards pretty good. We just went cold.”
That left a obvious place to attack for Eastern Guilford.
十一选五走势图 “When he left, we knew they had a lot of inexperience out there. So, I told them to try to attack. Whoever the big was guarding, just move to that open spot,” Spinks said. “Either Kadyn or Kamell was going to make the layup or they was going to hit (Johnson) or whoever was in that position. It happened a lot. A lot of times it was Syncere Blackstone.”
The Bulldogs (16-10) answered with a 12-0 rally to begin the third quarter. Haith kicked it off with two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 13 points in the third quarter.
“I’ve got to be proud of the way we fought back and cut that thing to (four),” Cole said. “We caught fire. It was beautiful when we cut it to (four).”
十一选五走势图 Eastern Guilford closed the third quarter by outscoring the Bulldogs 13-6, aided by 3s from Dawkins and Smith.
“They ain’t going to all fall, but I hit some,” Smith laughed about his long-range ability.
Dawkins dished several slick assists to Johnson, who found himself wide-open with the defense beaten for easy lay-ins.
“He’s always making little passes like that, looking out for us too while he’s trying to get himself some points,” Smith said. “When we’re all working together, everybody is going to get theirs. That’s just how it is.”
十一选五走势图 Jeremiah King’s 20 points were tops for Williams. Kam Byrd supplied nine points and 13 rebounds.