Cavs survive scare at Marvin Ridge

Overcome double-digit deficit to improve to 8-0
Dec. 12, 2012 @ 05:36 PM

Cuthbertson High’s boys basketball team hasn’t been in a lot of close games this season.
The Cavaliers (8-0) entered Tuesday’s road game at Marvin Ridge winning each of their first seven contests by 15 points or more.
But CHS was challenged for the first time by the Mavericks (4-3) before pulling out a thrilling 66-64 win on a baseline floater at the buzzer by junior point guard Shelton Mitchell.
Cuthbertson trailed by as many as 10 in the first half and faced a one-point deficit (48-47) after three quarters, marking the first time all season the Cavs have trailed heading into the final frame.
“I think we handled it well,” said Mitchell, who finished with 16 points. “The student sections were rocking and their players were making shots, but we went through adversity and still got the win. That’s what good teams do.”
Cavs coach Mike Helms was pleased with how his team responded to the double-digit deficit and hostile surroundings.
“We need some of those kind of games to be able to grow and see how we’re going to react in certain situations,” said Helms. “We made some big plays, but we didn’t execute very well. We ran a play on the last possession that we didn’t execute, but we got fortunate that Shelton made a shot. There’s things we still  have to work on.”
The Cavaliers got a big lift from senior forward Isaiah Cureton.
A 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, Cureton finished with a season-high 22 points, including 13 in the first half. He also had six rebounds and five steals.
In eight games this season, Cureton is averaging 9.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks.
“We call Isaiah a stat sheet filler because he puts something in every category,” said Helms. “The best thing about him is he can effect a game without scoring. He scored a lot (Tuesday), but he’s very effective even when he doesn’t.”
Marvin Ridge got standout performances from several players.
Junior forward John Emezie had 18 points, senior guard Taylor Neal scored 17 on the strength of five 3-pointers and senior point guard Logan Jackson added 12 points, five assists and five rebounds.
David Kelcy, a senior forward, nearly reached a double with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Mavs.
Both teams play at home on Friday. with Marvin Ridge facing East Meck and Cuthbertson taking on Weddington.
The Cavaliers recorded a 62-47 road win over the Warriors on Nov. 30.
“Any time we play Marvin Ridge or Weddington it’s a rivalry game,” said Helms. “All bets are off on everything. We know we’re going to get their best effort Friday and hopefully they’ll get ours. I think it will be a fun game.”

Cuthbertson boys 66, Marvin Ridge 64
Cuthbertson (8-0)
Emmitt Afam 2 1-2 5, Shelton Mitchell 5 6-7 16, Justin Austin 3 0-0 6, Lucius McMillon 4 0-0 8, Isaiah Cureton 10 0-4 22, Jorden Hardrick-Givens 1 2-4 4, Cornelius Stradford 0 5-7 5, Zach Chitwood 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-24 66.

Marvin Ridge (4-3)
Logan Jackson 5 0-0 12, Zach Frye 0 0-0 0, Taylor Neal 6 0-0 17, David Kelcy 5 1-2 11, John Emezie 6 5-5 18, Sam Vogt 0 0-2 0, Ross Corday 0 2-2 2, Roen Ourant 1 0-0 2, Ben Williams 1 0-1 2, Arthur McCloskey 0 0-0 0, David Cardwell 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 8-12 64.

Cuthbertson^17^14^16^19  -  66
M. Ridge^13^25^10^16  -  64

3-pointers: CHS 2 (Cureton 2); MR 8 (Neal 5, Jackson 2, Emezie 1). Rebounds: CHS 23 (Cureton 6, McMillon 5, Hardrick-Givens 4); MR 34 (Neal 9, Kelcy 9, Jackson 5, Emezie 4). Assists: CHS 9 (Afam 4, Mitchell 3); MR 12 (Jackson 5, Frye 4). Steals: CHS 9 (Cureton 5); MR 3 (Jackson 2). Blocks: CHS 2 (McMillon, Cureton); MR 2 (Kelcy, Emezie).