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Cavaliers wins vs WA in opener
December 11, 2013By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School
Cummings shakes jitters in season opener
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 00:37 AM.
The Cummings High School boys’ basketball team was nervous in its season opener.
And then, when the Cavaliers began to find their footing, they accelerated past visiting Western Alamance for a 62-45 non-league victory Wednesday night.
“We just had to get back on track, first-game jitters and stuff,” said Cummings forward Quae Pinnix, who had a game-high 16 points. “Western already played their first game so they’re all ready. … Just had to get used to the flow.”
The Cavaliers ended the first half on an 11-2 run, taking its first lead on a 3-pointer by Desmond Satterfield with 1:40 left before halftime.
“Homeboy Desmond hit some 3s, turned us up a little bit,” Pinnix said.
Pinnix followed with a breakaway layup — nearly a dunk — and that served to settle the Cavaliers down and was a precursor to the Cavaliers pulling away in the second half.
“We had some kids who might have been a little too nervous, might have been a little too energetic,” Cummings coach Chas Criss said.
Tevin Smith chipped in with 11 points, seven in the first half, for Cummings.
In the fourth quarter, Pinnix celebrated a dunk, but not his own. On a fast break, sophomore Zavian Jackson elevated for a one-handed dunk that sent the home fans into a frenzy.
Jackson had nine points, as did classmate Jo’Vante Millner.
“They have the potential to be very good,” Criss said of the pair. “You get a little bit of the good, a little bit of the bad. But they play hard, and you can put up with mistakes when kids are playing hard.”
Western Alamance (0-2) couldn’t have hoped for a much better start, with T.J. Harris, Emmanuel Miles and Jordan Guye knocking down 3s and Hunter Lent adding a bucket on the Warriors’ first four possessions.
That burst came in less than two minutes, and Western Alamance spent the rest of the night trying to recapture that hot start.
“We just got out of rhythm,” Western Alamance coach Carter Gerlach said. “Our defense was doing pretty good … We just didn’t play very good defense in the second half. We were reaching.”
Harris led the Warriors with 14 points and Lent added 11 points, switching his jersey in the third quarter after suffering a cut on his hand.