Cambridge-SD 76 — Kent Island 62
CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s boys’ basketball team was in control of the game against Kent Island in the second half Tuesday. The Vikings were in a similar situation two weeks ago against Queen Anne’s.
C-SD led Queen Anne’s by 22 with about five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Lions launched a ferocious comeback that fell just short. After that game, Vikings head coach Marty Bailey Jr. was frustrated with the way his team unnecessarily pushed the pace with a big lead.
On Tuesday, C-SD led Kent Island 62-47 with about five minutes to play. This time around, the Vikings slowed things down, killed clock and methodically closed a 76-62 victory that put them atop the North Bayside standings on a tiebreaker over Kent Island with two North games remaining.
Bailey saw a lot of character and maturity from his squad late in the game.
“Normally, the game would end up being a two-point or three-point game,” Bailey said. “So I’m proud they took care of business at the end because that hadn’t happened all year. I would always be wondering if we were going to win the game. But I’m happy for them.”
Senior guard Khalik Beasley led C-SD (14-3, 11-3 North Bayside) with 20 points. Senior guards Dajawan Jackson and Logan Middleton added 19 and 15, respectively. Those three combined to drain 12 3-pointers.
Many of those 3s came early in the third quarter. After leading 31-30 at halftime, the Vikings blew the game open with an 18-2 run to start the second half. They came out of the locker room ready to race.
“We were just slow in the first quarter,” Jackson said. “We knew that we had to get our speed up and move up the court and be in the gaps on defense. We just had to execute the rest of the game.”
C-SD needed a second-quarter run just to take the lead. Kent Island (12-4, 11-3) opened the game with an 11-0 run, and the Buccaneers led by seven after the first quarter. The Vikings went ahead early in the second quarter, but had to survive most of the quarter without key junior forward Vejon Ashley, who sat with foul trouble.
Bailey said hanging in with Ashley on the bench was important.
“We’re a deep team,” Bailey said. “I never know which combination or how many players I’m going to play each night. I just basically coach off of feel and how the game is going. And they stepped up.”
Senior forward Andy Van Wie led Kent Island with 15 points. Senior guard Toby Skeans chipped in 11.
The Buccaneers played aggressive defense, particularly early in the game, pressuring the ball and going hard for steals. That strategy was successful in the first half, but it caused them to run out of energy later in the game.
“We just ran out of steam,” Kent Island head coach Frank Kratovil said. “We subbed as much as we could. (Senior point guard Cole Kratovil) gets tired. I pulled him (in the) first quarter to give him a break, and we turned the ball over several times bringing it up. He was tired; that’s the point. We consistently struggled all game with the pressure one way or another at different points.”
Coach Kratovil knows the Buccaneers lost control of their North Bayside destiny with this loss, but emphasized to his team after the game that it’s not out of it yet and to control its own results.
“We’ve got to move on,” Kratovil said. “Every game is a battle. Everybody’s got a couple games left. And, listen, we’ve got to win our next game to even be in the position (in the North). We’ve got two tough games left. The season’s not over.”
Both teams play their penultimate North Bayside regular season games on Thursday: Cambridge-SD at Kent County, and Kent Island hosting North Dorchester. The Vikings could clinch the North with a win and Kent Island, Queen Anne’s and North Caroline losses.
Kent County 61, Easton 48
EASTON — JayShaun Freeman scored a game-high 30 points as the Trojans (4-13, 3-11) ended a three-game skid.
Grant Copper and Da’Qwan Johnson each scored 10 points for the Warriors (8-10, 6-9).
Queen Anne’s 80, St. Michaels 33
CENTREVILLE — J.J. Smothers scored 15 points and SyRus McGowan and Jackson Williams each netted 11, helping the Lions (11-6, 10-4) halt a three-game slide.
SSPP 55, Beth Tfiloh 49
EASTON — Jake Satchell had 21 points and dished six assists, and Dylan Wanichko had 15 points and 10 reboonds to to lead the Sabres.
Easton 68, Kent County 46
WORTON — Senior Myia Jeter scored 19 points and classmate Emily Griffith finished with 17 to lead the North Bayside-champion Warriors (18-0, 15-0). Ashtyn Finney finished with 12 points for Easton.
Queen Anne’s 80, St. Michaels 7
CENTREVILLE — Kendal Moxey had 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Lions (13-4, 12-2).
Riley Napier had 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists for Queen Anne’s, and Emily Gunther scored 10 points.
Kent Island 59, Cambridge-SD 13
STEVENSVILLE — Allison Corbin scored 11 points to lead the Buccaneers.