Cavaliers face another tough test
They may not be in the running for the tournament title, but the East Rutherford Cavaliers are sill hoping to bring home some hardware from the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach.
After the Cavaliers' 49-44 win over St. James in the first round of consolation bracket they will tussle with Spring Valley Vikings (S.C.) today at 3:30 p.m. for a chance to play for the Consolation Championship.
" They're a very athletic team," East head coach Brad Levine said about the Vikings. "They remind us a lot of a typical Shelby team with the length."
Spring Valley bolster four different players who measure 6-4 or taller, led by head coach Perry Dozier's son, Perry Dozier, Jr.
Dozier, Jr. is a 6-5 sophomore that led the Vikings with 15 points in their 60-37 win over Socastee (S.C.) Thursday afternoon. He also scored 18 with eight rebounds in their first round loss to Wheeler (GA).
The Cvaliers have been led by 6-6 junior Travis Waldroup Rodriguez who scored 14 against Rufus King and 12 against Spring Valley.
Devonte Boykins is back for the Cavaliers and has played at least 24 minutes in each tournament game in his return from an ACL injury.
"We're just a better team when he's on the floor," Levine said of Boykins.
Senior guard T.J. Watkins led the Cavs against St. James with 13 points including two of East's four 3-pointers in the game.
Levine needs the entire roster from Boykins, Waldroup-Rodriguez, Watkins to Roddric Ross, Jarvis Hopper and Donald Wilkins to play their best if they want to topple one of the best teams in South Carolina.
"They're a very good, athletic team that can really defend," Levine said. "If both teams play the defense they're capable of than this will be a low-scoring one. But I think this is one we can certainly win."