Cavaliers play sloppy against Kings Mountain
The East Rutherford Cavaliers basketball program began their trek back to the state championship Monday night. It may have only been a scrimmage, but it gave the Cavs an opportunity to play against someone who wasn't themselves.
Kings Mountain invaded East Rutherford's gym for eight quarters of frantic basketball that showcased countless turnovers and a handful of plays that drew raucous reactions from the fans.
Overall, Kings Mountain outscored the Cavs in five of the eight quarters.
"We didn't play real well," head coach Brad LeVine stated simply. "Sometimes I've beaten people by 60 points in a scrimmage and others are like tonight."
In a scrimmage that spanned the length of two entire games, fatigue was an unavoidable factor.
"I think we were real leg-weary," LeVine said. "I've only had the football guys about four days and you could tell that they were very tired. That type of tired makes us look really bad."
Travis Waldroup-Rodriquez had several moments where he showcased the talents he brings to the east Rutherford program and Donald Wilkins had a monster block where he chased down a Kings Mountain player to reject a fast break lay-up attempt. But aside from those moments, LeVine didn't see much to be happy about.
"We missed free throws, we got out rebounded, we didn't shoot the ball well, we didn't put enough pressure on the ball and I just could just keep naming things, but it's still a scrimmage," said LeVine. "We'll keep working hard and we'll get better."
"They know they didn't play like we wanted to but I don't doubt any bit of our effort and that's the biggest thing," Levine added. "My job is to make them better. That's why my name is on the door."
East Rutherford's next scrimmage is scheduled for Thursday night against Fred T. Foard at home. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.