Deerfield's Ramello Carter scored a season- and career-high 41 points Friday in a win against Calvary.
Dougherty boys, girls sweep city rival Albany High
ALBANY — Ever-stern Dougherty boys basketball coach Donald Poole was just as sullen Friday night — despite seeing his team pull off some late-game heroics. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think the Trojans had given the game away late in the fourth quarter.
However, it was Poole’s guys who caught region rival and Herald No. 4 Albany High slipping, pulling off a chaotic 58-55 overtime win Friday in a game that was dominated by the Indians in the first three and a half quarters.
"We just wanted to go out there and play some aggressive basketball," Poole said of the big win. "That’s something we’ve got to learn to do the whole time. We came out here and played too laid back to start the game. We’ve just got to pick it up and start playing a little bit better.
“It was a big team effort. We got after it how we needed to get after them. I couldn’t single out one person who stood out to me. Total team effort.”
Thanks to a huge game by Jamarcis Nunnally, who led Albany High with 16 points, the Indians jumped out to a 35-20 lead early in the third quarter.
But by the time Shawn Wheeler caught a rebound and scored to beat the buzzer at the end of the third, however, the visiting Indians realized they had lulled themselves to sleep.
Wheeler’s bucket cut the lead to five with a quarter left to play. From that point on, a gymnasium that had been somber for most of the evening turned electric.
The next few possessions served as an epic dual between Cheese and Wheeler. After Wheeler hit two back-to-back baseline three-pointers, Cheese converted a three-point play to make the score 45-41. Cheese would also get the crucial rebound and tip-in to force overtime with 7 seconds left in regulation.
ALBANY --- When Ramello Carter hit the magic number --- 41 points --- Deerfield coach Gordy Gruhl had seen enough.
And so had Calvary Christian.
Carter, a Herald Super 6er who came into Friday averaging 17 points a game, exploded for 41 on Friday in an 89-54 win to tie the school's single-game scoring record held by former star and Clemson grad Andre Young, who is now playing professionally overseas.
It was a night to remember for Carter, who --- believe or not --- didn't even play in the fourth quarter.
"He was just on," said Gruhl, whose Knights improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in region play with city rival Sherwood up next tonight. "Once he got 41 and I knew he had the record, I took him out before the fourth quarter started."
Carter finished 6-for-10 from 3-point land, 12-for-17 from the floor and he added four assists and 10 rebounds to his total.
Pete Langstaff added 10 points in the win for DWS.
DWS GIRLS 53, CALVARY 39: Nyla Perry led Deerfield with 16 points, Joyner Tyson added 14 and the Lady Knights — who are 6-10 overall — improved to 2-0 in region play with a 53-39 win against Calvary on Friday night.
DWS next travels to face Sherwood today.
LIFE CHRISTIAN BOYS 98, WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 32: Darien Holmes scored a career-high 52 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a win Friday that improved the Warriors’ record to 16-3 overall. Michael Polk added 10 points. Life will now host Westside again Thursday.
SGA BOYS 49, WESTWOOD 41: SGA, which was without leading scorer McKinley Chambless for much of the game after he sprained his ankle early in the first half, still managed to hold off the Wildcats behind 12 points from Teal Massey and 10 each from Alex Chambless and K.D. Sizemore.
Westwood was led by Brody Collins’ 13 points.
SGA (13-6, 3-1) next plays Friday at home vs. Terrell Academy.
WESTOVER BOYS 63, CAIRO 41:The Herald No. 2 Westover boys beat Cairo on Friday, 63-41, behind 11 points from Herald Super 6er T.J. Cromer, while Cairo’s Stacy Master was the game’s high-scorer with 18 points.
The Westover girls also beat Cairo, 48-39, although no final stats from that game were available at press time.
PELHAM GIRLS 46, BROOKS COUNTY 38: Herald Super 6er Briunna Freeman led with 22 points, followed by McKenzie Smith with 11 as The Herald No. 2 Lady Hornets improved to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in region. Pelham next hosts Cairo at home today.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN SPLITS WITH HIGHLAND: The Lady Pats (6-10, 3-1) got 13 points from Gabi Jackson and 12 points from Alana McCook in a 45-37 win against Highlands on Friday, while the RS boys (0-14, 0-4) remained winless with a 81-67 loss. Rhett Ragan (26 points) and Brett Sauls (15) led the way for the Pats.