The Caroline High Cavaliers’ boys varsity basketball team finalized the regular season on Feb. 11 going 1-1 for the week and ending with a 9-9 record.
At home was Senior Night and Caroline lost their last game to the Chancellor Chargers by a score of 73-58.
On Feb. 10, the Cavaliers traveled to Colonial Beach where they outmanned the Drifters by a score 68-59 in a game that was not as close as the score indicated.
Chancellor and Caroline both started strong, but in the second quarter the Chargers went ahead on an 8-2 run that kept the Cavaliers spending the rest of the night trying to play catch up. Although Caroline, in the third quarter had a 10-2 scoring spurt, it was too little, too late.
Caroline’s lack of accuracy from the free throw line, which has plagued them all season, was not a factor as the Cavaliers shot 14-16 from the stripe. What stopped them was what was usually their strength, rebounding and working against the opponent’s defense.
“They did well with the free throws,” commented Caroline coach Antoine Johnson. “But they played sloppy, not executing well. They missed a lot of easy layups.”
Caroline had one scare during the second quarter when, at the end of a play, senior forward Will Howard was on the floor under the basket. Apparently the recipient of a stray elbow to the face, Howard had his nose bloodied, but came back in the second half with his nose packed with gauze and ice applied to his face whenever he had an opportunity to sit down.
Chancellor kept a tight hold underneath the basket throughout the game with a man-to-man defense that stayed in the face of the Cavaliers all night.
“Before we played with an aggressive man-to-man defense,” stated Chancellor’s head coach, Rob Reich. “This time we played a much softer defense and kept them in front of us, not allowing them to penetrate to the basket.”
Leading the scoring for the Chargers was Jawan Graves, who had a double double with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Following Graves were Josh James with 16 points and seven steals and Matt King with 18 points in Chancellor’s winning effort.
Aason Pankey was the only Cavalier to score in double digits with a team high of 23 points.
Chancellor 16 20 15 24 — 75
Caroline 15 13 18 12 — 58
Chancellor 29 13-18 75 Three pointers: James 2, King 2
Caroline 21 14-16 58 Three pointers: Aaron Lewis 2
The Cavaliers visited Colonial Beach and secured their final win of the regular season 68-59 . Caroline played the Drifters much like other teams they have played this season in which they have been the stronger and more talented team. Bursting ahead with their speedy offense and strong defense, they then give the other team a chance to catch up.
In the first quarter, Caroline ran hard and ruled the boards taking a 17-2 run and finishing the quarter with an 8-point advantage. In the second quarter, however, Colonial Beach came back with a 7-2 run and tied the game with less than three minutes left in the half. The Cavaliers woke up in the second half with Caroline Spark Plug Aason Pankey scoring on a 3-point shot within the first minute of play.
The Drifters made a strong surge in the third quarter but the athleticism and strength of the Cavaliers kept them at bay.
“I knew that Caroline was going to have some good athletes out there tonight, so I told my guys to go out there and have fun,” remarked Colonial Beach coach Casey Johnson. “I don’t care how big the school is. This team doesn’t give up; they compete.”
Will Howard was the leading scorer with 16 points as fellow seniors Aason Pankey with 14 and Jaron Clipper with 10 points joined him in carrying the Cavaliers.
The Drifters were led by Lamar Lucas who achieved a double double with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Close behind was Monte Gould with another double double scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds while blocking 4 shots.
Caroline 21 15 21 11 — 68
Colonial Beach 13 17 13 16 — 59
Caroline 28 7-17 68 Three pointers: Howard 3, Pankey, Darius Young
Colonial Beach 19 17-3 59 Three pointers: Keane Foster, Gould, Shamar Shanks, West Virgil
The Cavaliers were scheduled to appear in the Conference 20 tournament on Feb. 18.