CC blasts Windsor, 89-40
Charles City’s Tri-Rivers District basketball class with Windsor’s invading Dukes amounted to little more than a layup shooting drill for the host Panthers. The hosts pressed the Dukes into submission early on, scoring the game’s first 24 points and never looking back en route to an easy 89-40 decision.
Charles City led 24-2 after one quarter of the Feb. 4 affair and 48-6 at halftime. By the break, 11 of 13 players on the Panther roster had scored and the rest would join the act in the second half.
Panther coach Sharone Bailey said his squad had not practiced in over a week due to the weather. But judging from their performance, practice wasn’t needed, at least not against the hapless Dukes who dressed only seven players for the contest.
“We had to work our press in the first half, but then we sat back after that,” Bailey said. “We had to work the kinks out tonight. Everybody played well and we were focused.”
Eighteen of Charles City’s 24 first quarter points resulted from steals, mostly managed in backcourt thanks to a smothering press. Windsor never erased the zero off its side of the scoreboard until Tony Walton sank a pair of free throws with just over a minute left in the period.
The Dukes could not register a field goal before Aaron Clements’ trey broke the drought 45 seconds into the second quarter. But that proved to be the visitors’ lone bucket for the half as they were held to a single free throw over the rest of the period.
Charles City, meanwhile, embarked on a balanced scoring campaign led by Roger Williams, Trevor Jones, and Jamie Howard who tossed in eight points each before the break.
At the end, the Panthers had four players in double figures led by Jones’ 14 points, Gregory Cotman’s 13, 12 from Williams, and Jared Woodley’s 10. Howard and Dominic Jones each finished with eight followed by Wendell Jones’ six, Terrance Banks’ five, four each from Joshua New and Kevin Wallace, two apiece from Dominique Williams and KeShaun Cotman, and Jaron Woodley’s one.
Charles City improved to 4-5 in the district and 5-12 overall.
In the JV game, Charles City held Windsor scoreless in the second quarter on the way to a 35-12 halftime advantage. The hosts then cruised to a 77-23 win.
Tevin Brown’s 29 points and 22 from Avery Jones paced the victors. Jaelan Cotman scored 12 while Mike Allen added seven, Jevon Johnson tossed in six, and Jaelen Williams chipped in two.