Cumings Edges Graham
January 12, 2014Graham High School
Published: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 00:59 AM.
After a few minutes of quick shots, rushed possessions and turnovers — all while trying to protect a shrinking lead — Cummings High School’s Tevin Smith came up with the biggest play of the game against Graham.
And it won’t show up in any statbook.
Smith swatted a loose ball to midcourt, which allowed time to expire and give Cummings a thrilling 77-76 victory against visiting Graham in Mid-State 2-A Conference boys’ basketball Friday night.
Smith’s heady play came after Don Evans missed a driving shot in the lane and Jeramy Williams’ tip ricocheted off the backboard and rim.
“I saw Jeramy come down and tip it and … they’re too big to keep tipping it around with them, so I just smacked it down the court,” said Smith, who had a game-high 18 points.
That saved Cummings (10-2, 2-0) from a late-game collapse after the Cavaliers led 72-59 with five minutes left. A combination of what Cummings coach Chas Criss calls a lack of “mental discipline” and a relentless Graham comeback kept things interesting until the final play.
“If we’re smart enough to tap that ball out at the end to run that clock, we’re smart enough to run the clock at the end of the game,” Criss said. “We know the right thing to do, and it’s on me to figure out how to do it.
“Graham played hard, they’re not going to quit. But there’s no way that game should have been a one-point game with eight seconds left or whatever. No way.”
Smith had plenty of help on the offensive end, with Desmond Satterfield and Quae Pinnix each putting together 15-point outings. Jo’Vantae Millner added 12 points — despite being limited by foul trouble and eventually fouling out with 1:37 left.
Smith, Satterfield, Pinnix and Vernon Williams each drained three 3-pointers for the Cavaliers, most of which came on kickouts.
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