Cavaliers advance after cruising past Madison
The East Rutherford Cavaliers received a balanced scoring effort as Travis Waldrop-Rodriguez scored 24 points and Devonte Boykins chipped in 21 points to lead the Cavs to an 82-36 win over Madison in the opening round of the NCHSAA state playoffs.
East now must travel to face Shelby for the fourth time this season Wednesday night in a mammoth second round matchup.
“I’m very proud of our guys tonight,” said coach Brad Levine “We didn’t overlook Madison because they are a very good ball club. We just hit too many shots tonight for them to compete.”
East opened the contest on an 18-2 run that was highlighted by the Cavs torrid shooting from beyond the arc.
Waldroup-Rodriguez canned two of them while Roddrick Ross, T.J. Watkins and Boykins had one each. The only two-point basket that came in the spurt was a layup by C.J Norman. The home team then finished the frame on a on a 6-0 run to grab a 21-2 lead.
Madison opened the second quarter with a run of their own and by the time Daniel Nash knocked down a short jumper, the Patriots had pulled to within 24-10.
The Cavaliers responded with a 7-0 run of their own on a pair of driving layups by Rodriguez, while Watkins hit a three pointer.
Corey Kent tried to keep the Patriots in the game with an old fashioned three point play, but the Patriots just could not keep up with the offensive firepower of East. As a result, the Cavs took a 40-17 lead into the locker room.
The offensive show continued in the third quarter as East scored 30 points in the period. Rodriquez began the barrage with five quick points while Boykins and Ross kept up the scoring pace by connecting on shots from beyond the arc.
East then used its quickness to generate turnovers by employing a full court trap. This resulted in numerous easy buckets for Boykins and his teammates. Rodriguez also hit a pair of 3s in transition. By the time the dust settled, East had a commanding 70-27 lead going into the final quarter.
That fourth quarter belonged to the East bench as Shakari Jackson showed off his athleticism with numerous buckets in the paint including a leaping put-back off a missed foul shot.
Benjamin Beckett and Glenn Bristol also scratched the scorebook in the quarter but it was Jackson who capped the Cavalier’s victory in impressive style. During the final seconds, he took a drop-step in the lane and hammered home a rim-rocking dunk that brought the Cavalier crowd to its feet. Jackson’s basket allowed him to garner his first career double double as he also brought down 12 rebounds in the 82-36 win.
Kent led the Patriot effort with 18 points.