Boys Stun Cummings
January 27, 2012By Denis Vass of Graham High School
Graham's Varsity Boys put together a complete 32-minute game tonight, staring down a come-from-behind-run-out-of-gas run by Cummings to push past the Cavaliers by a 75-67 score tonight at Cummings.
The Red Devils (15-7, 7-3) came out smoking, canning 5 first period three-point baskets, jumping out to a 30-17 lead. Graham was able to withstand a furious second half rally by the Cavaliers (11-5, 6-3), winning the game late by taking advantage of foul trouble by the Cavaliers.
A basket by Chris Woods put Cummings ahead 65-64 with 3:14 remaining. Justin Cousin put Graham back on top with a basket, then Kendall Patterson's two free throws put Graham ahead by 3 at 68-65. Another Woods basket pulled the Cavaliers to within one at the 59.2 mark, at 68-67.
The Red Devils then shut the door, not allowing Cummings to swish the twine any more the rest of the game. Michael Ratliff hit a free throw, Kendall Patterson hit four, then stole the ball on an inbound pass with 5 seconds left, banking in his last basket to end the game with 27 points to lead all scorers.
Justin Cousin nearly matched Patterson point-for-point. Cousin finished with 25 points, connecting on 3 three-point baskets. Patterson canned 4 three-pointers. The Red Devils as a team connected on nine three-point baskets.
Another factor aiding Graham was their success at the free throw line, as they made 18 of their 23, compared to Cummings, who only manged to get to the line 9 times, making 5.
Graham has now won 5 of their last 7 games since January 6th.
Chris Woods led Cummings with 19 points, while Jamson Jeffers addd 12 and Keith McAdoo 13.
The Lady Devils continued their free-fall, stumbling to their fourth straight loss (3 in conference play) and losing 5 of their last 7, to fall to 11-11, 6-4. The Lady Cavaliers pulled out a 61-47 win.
Caroline Enoch had a career day, scorching the nets for 34 points, but she ran out of gas late in the game and missed hr last 6 free throws, which would have tied the game had she made them all.
Kamia Strickland led Cummings (8-9, 5-4) with 23 points, while Andra Walker scored 13 and Sakieya Timmons added 10.
The JV Boy's dropped a heartbreaker, losing 59-57 after Khalil Cole missed a game-winning three point shot at the buzzer. Tyrick Gattis led Graham (13-7, 5-5) with 19 points. while Romeo Ferguson added 10. Cole tallied 8 for Graham.