Deerfield's Ramello Carter scored 18 points Saturday to lead the Knights past Furtah Prep.
Special to The Herald
ALBANY — A special night for Deerfield-Windsor’s Ramello Carter got its kicker from an unlikely source.
With time winding down, Adam Jarzin found reserve Knight guard Chap Ivey, who took a three from the corner. The crowd stood in anticipation while the ball bounced off the rim, off the backboard and eventually into the basket to break the century mark, putting the finishing touches on a 100-35 drubbing of visiting Furtah Prep (10-8).
Carter, a Herald Super 6er, led the Knights (9-3) with 18 points and four assists on his 18th birthday, one of five Knights in double figures on the night.
“It was unbelievable to come out like that on my birthday and get a great win with my team. I couldn’t ask for anything better,” a grinning Carter said after the game. “If we get started on defense, that starts our offense. We mostly get our offense from transition, and that keeps us going.”
A 15-0 run in the first quarter set the tone for the Knights, who efficiently stifled the Eagles’ offense, at one point holding a 76-24 lead.
“They weren’t playing to the score,” DWS coach Gordy Gruhl said. “It wasn’t like we got sloppy when the game was no longer in doubt. When your kids are playing hard even with the score like that, that’s good basketball.”
By the time senior big man Weston King stole an errant Danilo Bosovic pass and lumbered his way to a fast-break layup, the game was well out of reach.
“Well we didn’t play too well (Friday) night. We were very lethargic when we played Southland,” Gruhl said. “(Saturday) I thought we came out with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor. We got our transition game going. I thought we got a good mixture of inside and outside. We had five guys in double figures. It was pretty good basketball. It’s hard for me to find anything bad to say about it.”
Justin Edy added six points and six rebounds, while Jay Barber finished with 15 points and four assists.
The Knights play again Tuesday when they host Tattnall Square at 7:30 p.m.