Cavaliers head home “ready to work”

Jan. 01, 2013 @ 06:02 AM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — East Rutherford had a chance to brig home some hardware fomr the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., but Spring Valley (S.C) had other plans as they defeated the Cavaliers 78-67 Saturday night.

East Rutherford held a 34-30 lead heading into the half but the Vikings used a 48-point second half to propel themselves to victory.

“I thought we played really well in the first half. We had a lot of energy but they changed the momentum when they jumped on an 8-0 run to start the second half,” East head coach Brad Levine said.

East clawed their way back to a 53-53 tie with just over seven minutes

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left but Spring Valley sprung back ahead.

“We fought back, but from that point on we just couldn’t make a basket,” said Levine. “They just made all their free throws down the stretch. it was maybe a two-posession came until down the stretch.”

Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez led the Cavs with 23 points and Roddric Ross added 17. T.J. Watkins netted nine points to go along with eight rebounds.

Despite the loss, Levine and the Cavs are confident in their play as they return to Rutherford County.

“They gave great effort and I’m proud,” Levine said of his team. “I think we found a few things we did well and others to work on. playing this competition is always a good thing. We’re ready to work and get back into conference play.”

East Rutherford returns to the court Tuesday, Jan. 8 when they host Burns. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

Box Score:

East Rutherford (NC) vs Spring Valley (SC)

12-29-12 3:30 p.m. at Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Center

At Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Center

SPRING VALLEY (SC) 78, EAST RUTHERFORD (NC) 67

EAST RUTHERFORD (NC) (10-3)

WALDROUP-RODRIGUEZ,T 8-16 7-8 23; ROSS, Roddric 6-10 0-0 17; WATKINS, T.J.

3-6 2-4 9; WILKINS, Donald 2-7 0-0 6; BOYKINS, Devonte 1-7 2-7 5; BECKETT,

Benjamin 2-2 0-1 4; HOPPER, Jarvis 1-3 0-0 3; NORMAN, C.J. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals

23-51 11-20 67.

SPRING VALLEY (SC) (10-5)

TAYLOR, Dominique 12-19 4-7 29; JOHNSON, Jabari 6-7 4-5 16; DOZIER JR.,

Perry 4-12 2-4 12; BRUNER, Jordan 4-6 2-2 11; THOMAS, Steven 2-3 0-1 5;

LEGETTE, Kenneth 1-1 2-4 5; WILLIAMS, Ja’lon 0-0 0-0 0; ADAMS, Chris 0-1 0-0

0; TABORN, Jamil 0-0 0-0 0; MILLER, John 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-49 14-23 78.

East Rutherford (NC).......... 34 33 - 67

Spring Valley (SC)............ 30 48 - 78