Cavaliers get past R-S Central, 84-62
The R-S Central boys basketball team looked to be upset-minded Monday.
The Hilltoppers' hopes faded as their jumpers came up short in the second half as the Cavaliers pulled away for an 84-62 win at East Rutherford.
“I knew R-S was going to come out and play well,” said East coach Brad Levine. “But we got excited and started to play East basketball in the second half. Trey Dawkins both had double doubles for us which was big. I’m also proud of our seniors on Senior Night.”
The teams split the first 18 points of the game, all on three pointers. Jaylon Hollis gave Central their first lead of the game, 11-10 with two foul shots. Malik Whetstone hit a floater and Brian Hunt drained a 3 as R-S led 21-15. Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez garnered a put back but Central still led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter.
East opened the second on a 10-0 run, capped on a dunk by Shakari Jackson. The Hilltoppers stayed in the game at the foul line.
Hollis converted a pair of foul shots to pull R-S to within three, 29-26, midway through the quarter. The Cavs went on an 8-0 run, highlighted by two put-back dunks by Trey Dawkins. Central refused to go away, however, as Hollis and Shawn Hines each hit threes to close the gap to 42-37.
East opened a 50-43 lead on a Waldroup-Rodriguez 3-pointer and, after a Jackson tip, the Cavaliers had their first double-digit lead at 55-43.
Devonte Boykins, Jackson, Dawkins and Waldroup-Rodriguez paced East to a 64-48 lead after three quarters.
East opened the fourth on an 11-0 run which took the air out of the Hilltoppers. As Central's jump shots began to fall short, East pulled away — outscoring R-S 20-14 in the final quarter — for the 84-62 win.
Central coach Greg Wright said the Hilltoppers made their shots in the first half but it was the opposite in the second.
“That’s why the score went in the opposite direction," Wright said.
Waldroup Rodriguez and Boykins had 25 points apiece for East while Whiteside had 14 for the Hilltoppers.