MLK Classic: Bulldogs carve up Carver
When the Thomasville boys figured out how to play defense without fouling, there was no way for Carver to keep pace.
Despite 17 first quarter personals and giving the Yellow Jackets 23 free throws, the Bulldogs were able to find a good rhythm the remainder of the afternoon to secure a runaway 70-45 victory in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic Monday.
The first quarter took up the same amount of time as an entire half, and Carver was the beneficiary of the tightly called period. Eleven of the 19 points scored for the visitors came at the free throw line. Even with the large number of foul calls against them, THS remained close and was down only one.
As some of the calls began to go the other way, Thomasville started to pile on the points. Three minutes into the second quarter, THS was up one but would be ahead by 10 at the half. Kamel Henry started a 7-0 run with a free throw, followed by layups from Akeem Davis, B.J. McElveen and Dwain Purvis.
“We started out being our own worst enemy as far as not moving our feet,” said Thomasville coach Gil Maxwell. “Once we started playing hard and worrying about ourselves, that is when we went on a run and got ahead.”
THS came out of intermission a determined team and left the Yellow Jackets in their dust. McElveen scored on the offensive glass and Ja'hare Taylor Thomas pumped in a 3-pointer. Classic MVP Cedric Green connected on a running shot in the lane, that had the lead up to 43-26. Henry finished the quarter in style, draining a 3 and completing a four-point play with the foul. THS was up 52-35 at that point.
Green finished off his MVP performance in the fourth, slicing in from the wing and throwing down a one-handed jam.
“I thought we played more as a team today,” Maxwell said. “We came out more ready to play. We had gotten on a roll a little bit and Salisbury brought us back down to reality Friday. Today we made it tough for the other team to score baskets. We settled down and made Carver work it around and we started playing the way we are capable of playing.”
Green and Purvis led the Bulldogs with 13 points apiece. Henry added 12 and McElveen contributed 10.
Thomasville girls swat Jackets
Scoring as many points first half as its opponent had the entire afternoon, Thomasville's girls picked up their fourth straight win in the MLK Classic with a 58-30 decision.
MVP Jashana Thomas had seven points in a 12-0 THS run to begin the game. Carver did not score until 1:45 was left, ending the first quarter down 16-5.
With not nearly as much speed or skill that the Lady Bulldogs possess, there was not a lot the Yellow Jackets could do, even when the bench of Thomasville got a lot of burn. The second quarter looked a lot like the first. THS scored the first 12 points, taking a 30-9 lead into the break.
Thomas had 15 points for the afternoon.
Notes: A cheerleading contest was held at halftime of the boys game. It was a crowd favorite, as the two squads performed their two best cheers. In the end, it was Carver walking away with their only hardware of the day … Thomasville has a tough night ahead on Friday with North Rowan set to visit the Chair City.