WEB EXCLUSIVE: Deerfield boys, girls crush Calvary

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ALBANY -- You know your basketball team is dedicated when its head coach calls three timeouts in a 30-second span during the second half because his team isn't running the right play ... despite being up by 30 points.

But that's Deerfield-Windsor for you -- dedicated.

The Knights rolled to an 82-48 victory against Calvary Christian at home on Friday, but head coach Gordy Gruhl was on his players all night, ensuring they would reach their record of 7-3 overall and 2-0 in region.

"It's a good time to work on (fundamentals)," said Gruhl, whose team has seen some new additions during the Christmas break. "We obviously need to work on it ... so we'll have to go back to the drawing board."

The Knights didn't look like they needed to work on much at first, as they jumped out to a 29-11 first quarter lead.

"I thought we came out in the first quarter and executed our offense," Gruhl said. "We got a lot of easy shots and missed a lot of them, but I like our shot selection. We did a good job of keeping the ball in the middle of the floor or kicking it out (when we needed to), so I was pretty pleased with our offensive performance."

Tyrone Culbreath, who finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, did most of his damage in that first half, as he was 8-of-10 from the field and led DWS to a 59-29 lead at halftime.

"I think I can bring intensity (every night)," said Culbreath, who grabbed seven offensive rebounds. "I just try to motivate my team to play better and play harder."

Banks Kinslow had 19 points and was 6-for-6 from the stripe and Ramello Carter added 15 points for Deerfield, which plays again today at 6 p.m. against Stratford -- a team that has already beaten them this year.

"I feel pretty good about where we are right now, but we have some big games coming up," Gruhl said. "So we're going to find out whether we've been making progress or not."


DEERFIELD GIRLS 56, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 16: The Lady Knights were up 39-3 at halftime and never looked back, improving to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in region thanks to a balanced team effort.

"You always want to get off to a good start (in region)," Deerfield head coach Ty Kinslow said. "But we have Sherwood next week, then Southland and Westwood. So we have (to continue to improve)."

Courtney Kelson led DWS with 11 points, while Miranda Phillips added 10 and Sarah Shellhaas had 9.

"They were young and we had them out-matched a little bit," Kinslow said. "But we got after them pretty good, and it gave everybody a chance to play. It was a good situation and a chance to play as a team."

Sabrina Curry and Gabby Burt both also contributed with 7 points each for Deerfield, which plays Stratford today at 4:30 p.m.