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Cummings wins over Southern Alamance

December 11, 2013
By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School



Give him some time: Cummings boys find way past Southern Alamance

Published: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 01:35 AM.

Sitting on the bench for 12 minutes of the first half didn’t sit well with Jo’Vontae Millner.

So the Cummings High School sophomore made up for it in the second half — albeit with some controlled excitement — to jumpstart the Cavaliers.

“Had to slow down my momentum a little bit, (had) a little nerves, had to just slow it down a little bit and just go with the flow,” said Millner, who scored all 17 of his points in the second half after picking up his second foul less than four minutes into the game.

That spurred short-handed Cummings to a 72-58 victory against visiting Southern Alamance on Friday night in non-conference boys’ basketball.

Millner was a force inside in the second half, something the Cavaliers (2-0) were missing in a first half with them trailing Southern Alamance 36-31.

The second half started with Desmond Satterfield scoring a quick bucket, then Millner scored twice in 21 seconds to give Cummings a lead. That spurt by the sophomore forward served to calm his nerves in a stuffy J.A. Freeman Gymnasium.

“It pumped me down a little bit,” Millner said.

Millner’s accelerated play opened space for Quae Pinnix, who had a game-high 19 points for the Cavaliers. Bryce Stephenson added 12 points and Satterfield notched 10 points.

Pinnix, a 6-foot-3 forward with plenty of ball-handling ability, was able to get out in space more to run fast breaks with Millner back in the game.

“That meant some people needed to drop down and get rebounds, because we need a big body,” Pinnix said of the game plan for when Millner was on the bench. “We had to get down there and crash the boards.”

Southern Alamance (1-2) had balance atop its scoring chart, with Dairyon Matkins scoring 15 points and Carrington Young and Jalen Burnett adding 14 each.

But the Patriots lost their offensive rhythm against Cummings’ 1-2-2 zone defense in the second half.

 “We started settling for jump shots. Didn’t run our offense very well, got killed on the boards … That’s a terrible combination,” Southern Alamance coach Anthony Noell said. “It was tough to watch. You’re right there in the game, all you’ve got to do is run your stuff, but we weren’t disciplined and we fell asleep against the zone.”

Southern Alamance cut Cummings’ lead to five twice in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as the Patriots came.

Cummings played without two of its point guards — starter Tevin Smith and backup Nard Currie — who were suspended for the game. Satterfield rotated from his shooting guard spot and capably ran the Cavaliers’ offense.

“You can’t just, instead of pouting about it all day and ‘What are we going to do?’ from the moment they found out, they were like, ‘Well, we’ve got a game,’ ” Cummings coach Chas Criss said. “We tell them all  the time, none of us are that important.”

For Pinnix, the victory without Cummings’ point guards means they should only be better with Smith and Currie.

“So we’re going to be 10 times better when they’re back on the court,” Pinnix said with a smile.

Pinnix was unable to finish a fast-break dunk during Wednesday night’s opener, but flushed a one-handed slam in the closing seconds of Friday night’s game.

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