Cavs can close out close ones

Cuthbertson nips Monroe, 64-63
Jan. 05, 2013 @ 05:42 PM

Cuthbertson High’s boys have been impressive in close games over the last month.
The Cavaliers won their first seven games by 15 points or more, but five of their last six have been decided by three points or less — and the Cavs are 4-1 in those tight finishes.
Two of Cuthbertson’s wins have come on game-winners in the final seconds, including Friday’s thrilling 64-63 road victory over Monroe.
Monroe took a 63-62 lead on Brandon Roddy’s driving layup with 27 seconds left, and the Cavs dribbled out most of the clock before senior guard Emmitt Afam took the pass on the right wing.
Afam, a four-year starter and one of Union County’s quickest athletes, drove to the rim and made a spin move as he entered the paint before finishing with a layup with just two seconds left.
The Cavs improved to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in the Rocky River Conference.
“We’re not panicking when we get behind,” said Cavs coach Mike Helms. “We just keep plugging away and find a way to win. These games help you get better for tough games in the league and on into the playoffs. It’s more fun to win and have those experiences.”
Cuthbertson got a big lift from senior Isaiah Cureton.
The 6-4 wing scored a game-high 22 points, including 15 in the first half to help the Cavs to a 29-26 lead. He also pulled down 14 rebounds and added four steals.
Cureton’s first-half production was key with star point guard Shelton Mitchell on the bench in foul trouble.
“Isaiah came up really big in the first half,” said Helms. “The few easy baskets we got he created off of his defense, and in a game like (Friday), those easy baskets are really important. I think it was a good sign for us that we were able to play a really good team without Shelton for nine minutes in the first half, and still have a lead.”
Mitchell went scoreless in the first half, but heated up for 19 after the break. He made two 3-pointers, including one that broke a 53-all tie with 3:10 left in the fourth.
“Shelton always feels like he can make a big play,” said Helms. “To be honest I’m surprised he didn’t pull the shot on the last possession, but thank goodness he didn’t and trusted his teammates. When you’re fighting tooth and nail for every point in the second half, all 19 of those are big.”
Monroe (6-2, 1-1 RRC) got 21 points apiece from senior forward Quayshawn Chambers and Roddy, a junior guard. Chambers also had nine rebounds and two blocks.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday, when Cuthbertson travels to Central Academy and the Redhawks play at North Stanly.

Cuthbertson boys 64, Monroe 63
Cuthbertson (12-1, 3-0 RRC)
Emmitt Afam 2 3-3 7, Shelton Mitchell 7 3-3 19, Jorden Hardrick-Givens 2 5-6 9, Lucius McMillon 2 0-0 4, Isaiah Cureton 9 3-4 22, Justin Austin 1 0-0 3, Zach Chitwood 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 14-16 64.

Monroe (6-2, 1-1 RRC)
Quayshawn Chambers 10 1-2 21, Brandon Roddy 5 8-11 21, Isaiah Thomas 1 0-0 2, Garry Parker 4 1-2 9, Dequavis Allen 1 1-2 3, Bernard Taylor 0 0-0 0, Dikemba White 1 1-2 3, Tristan Thompson 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 12-19 63.

Cuthbertson^12^17^16^19  -  64
Monroe^12^14^15^22  -  63

3-pointers: CHS 4 (Mitchell 2, Cureton 1, Austin 1); Monroe 3 (Roddy 3). Rebounds: CHS 28 (Cureton 14, Austin 4, Hardrick-Givens 4); Monroe 28 (Chambers 9, Allen 8, Roddy 4). Assists: CHS 9 (Mitchell 3); Monroe 7 (Roddy 3). Steals: CHS 5 (Cureton 4); Monroe 3 (Parker 2). Blocks: CHS 1 (Cureton); Monroe 6 (Chambers 2, Roddy 2).

Monroe girls 57, Cuthbertson 30
Cuthbertson (6-7, 2-1 RRC)
Brianna Ingram 3 1-2 7, Mara Arnold 1 0-0 3, Taylor Helms 0 1-2 1, Deja Burks 2 1-2 5, Morgan Carlson 6 2-2 14, Kathleen Cashman 0 0-0 0, Shannon McDade 0 0-0 0, Breanna McAdams 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 5-8 30.

Monroe (7-1, 2-0 RRC)
Kendall Cox 3 2-4 9, Daya Jordan 3 3-4 9, Yasmine Thomas 0 0-0 0, Zasha Barrett 9 0-3 19, Bria Roddy 1 2-2 5, Asha Jordan 5 2-4 15, Amilya Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Tyriona Houston 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 9-17 57.

Cuthbertson^8^4^9^9  -  30
Monroe^4^19^17^17  -  57

3-pointers: CHS 1 (Arnold); Monroe 6 (A. Jordan 3, Cox 1, Barrett 1, Roddy 1). Rebounds: CHS 27 (Carlson 10, Burks 5, Helms 4); Monroe 41 (Barrett 16, A. Jordan 7, D. Jordan 5, Thomas 5). Assists: CHS 9 (Helms 5); Monroe 9 (Cox 4, Roddy 4). Steals: CHS 5 (Carlson 2); Monroe 12 (Cox 5, D. Jordan 3). Blocks: CHS 0; Monroe 8 (Barrett 5, Cox 2).

Area conference standings
(Through Jan. 5)

Rocky River Conference
Boys

Team^League^Overall
Cuthbertson^3-0^12-1
Piedmont^2-0^10-1
Forest Hills^2-1^7-5
Monroe^1-1^6-2
Central Academy^1-2^4-7
West Stanly^1-2^4-7
North Stanly^1-3^4-9
Union Academy^0-2^0-4

Girls
Team^League^Overall
Forest Hills^3-0^9-3
Monroe^2-0^7-1
Cuthbertson^2-1^6-7
North Stanly^2-2^9-4
Piedmont^1-1^5-6
Central Academy^1-2^3-8
Union Academy^0-2^1-3
West Stanly^0-3^4-7

Southern Carolina Conference
Boys

Team^League^Overall
Sun Valley^0-0^7-6
Weddington^0-0^7-6
Marvin Ridge^0-0^6-6
Anson County^0-0^6-6
Porter Ridge^0-0^4-8
Parkwood^0-0^1-8

Girls
Parkwood^0-0^8-1
Weddington^0-0^10-3
Porter Ridge^0-0^8-3
Anson County^0-0^5-3
Marvin Ridge^0-0^5-7
Sun Valley^0-0^5-8

Tuesday’s games
Cuthbertson at Central Academy
Weddington at Parkwood
Porter Ridge at Marvin Ridge
Piedmont at Forest Hills
Sun Valley at Anson County
Monroe at North Stanly
Union Academy at West Stanly