Panthers hoping to regroup

Coach wants to see more effort in semifinals
Feb. 20, 2013 @ 02:59 PM

Piedmont High's boys reached 20 wins and will play Monroe in the semifinals of the Rocky River Conference tournament Thursday night, but Panthers coach Rudi Heath wasn't satisfied after Tuesday's 76-61 win over North Stanly in the opening round.
The second-seeded Panthers, who improved to 20-4 on the season, pulled away late after trailing by four at halftime and entering the fourth quarter tied against the 7-18 Comets.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at us and see we are struggling confidence-wise right now; I don’t know why,” said Heath. “When you start thinking a bit too much sometimes ... I don’t think we play as hard as we need to.”
The Panthers trailed by 10 in the first quarter when Heath yanked his starters.
The strategy worked, with Piedmont's reserves going on a 9-1 run.
Senior post Jordan Gibson scored nine points in a span of three minutes and also dished out an assist for the Panthers, getting his team back into the game.
“I was just trying to get us back into the flow,” said Gibson. “We needed to pick up the pace and that’s what I came in to do. I just wanted to pick the team up and show them we can stay in and that we have a chance.”
Heath credits Gibon’s work ethic for his success.
“It’s great. He keeps working and he came out there and worked hard,” said Heath. “He did what we asked him to do.”
North led 39-35 at halftime and the game was tied after three quarters before Piedmont outscored the Comets 22-7 in the fourth.
Senior guard Qualen Blakeney led the Panthers with 18 points, sophomore forward Cameron Tripp scored 14 points and senior guard Jeremy Anthony contributed 13.
Heath knows his team will have to play much better to have a chance against tournament host Monroe.
The Redhawks have won seven straight and 12 out of their last 13 games, with their only loss during that span against Piedmont.
The Panthers swept the season series 2-0 and beat the Redhawks by an average of eight points, but trailed by four midway through the fourth quarter of the second game before ending with a 13-0 run.
Gibson hasn't played much this season, but he's hoping to give another boost to a team that will go down as one of the best in school history.
“We just need to go out and practice hard (Wednesday) and come in with a positive mentality,” said Gibson. "We need to come out stronger then we did (Tuesday)."
Heath expects another tight game against the red-hot Redhawks.
"Both of those games have been close and could have gone either way," Heath said. "We will try to get ready and hopefully show up.”

Cuthbertson 98, Union Academy 33
Cuthbertson handled Union Academy to reach Thursday's semifinal, led by Isiah Cureton's career-high 24 points.
Seniors Justin Austin and Lucius McMillon also scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Twelve Cavaliers played on the night, and each of them scored at least three points in route to their second-highest point total of the season.
Cuthbertson (23-2) takes on fourth-seeded Forest Hills (14-10) at 6 p.m. today at Monroe High.
Cuthbertson has won both games against the Yellow Jackets this season by an average of 24 points, including a 75-46 victory in their second matchup.
The Cavaliers are playing the tournament without standout point guard Shelton Mitchell, a Wake Forest commitment who is recovering from a knee injury.

RRC boys tournament boxes
(Tuesday's first-round games)

#2 Piedmont 76, #7 North Stanly 61
North Stanly (7-18)
Stephen Misenheimer 20 3-3 27, Kasey Caulder 2 2-4 7, Tyler Burris 1 0-0 3, Tzaddi Sylvestor 3 2-5 8, Eli Greene 4 2-7 11, Jarvis Little 2 0-0 5, MJ Owens 0 0-0 0, Dangelo Reid 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-19 61.

Piedmont (20-4)
Qualen Blakeney 7 0-0 18, Jeremy Anthony 5 3-5 13, Brady Meggs 4 1-4 9, Cameron Tripp 6 2-4 14, L.J. Pettiway 1 1-2 3, Brandon Crotts 1 0- 0 2, Andrew Wood 2 0-0 4, Tanner Stinger 1 0-0 3, Jordan Gibson 4 1-1 9, Austin Harding 0 0-0 0, Jack Gamble 0 0-0 0, Tyler Ivey 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 9-16 76.

NS^25^14^15^7 - 61
Piedmont^17^18^19^22 - 76

3-pointers: NS 8 (Misenheimer 4); P 5 (Blakeney 4). Rebounds: NS 34 (Sylvestor 13, Greene 8); P 40 (Meggs 9, Anthony 8, Tripp 7). Assists: NS 9 (Caulder 3, Misenheimer 3); P 18 (Blakeney 5). Steals: NS 7 (Burris 2, Misenheimer 2, Greene 2); P 9 (Anthony 3, Blakeney 2). Blocks: NS 2 ( Sylvestor, Greene); P 2 (Meggs, Tripp).

#1 Cuthbertson 98, #8 Union Academy 33
Union Academy (0-17)
Myles Lloyd 5 0-0 13, Jake Beeson 2 0-0 4, Ethan Daly 2 0-0 5, Ben Killian 3 0-0 6, Collin Whitaker 1 0-0 2, Matthew Guillot 1 2-4 5, Andrew Guillot 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 2-4 33.

Cuthbertson (23-2)
Isiah Cureton 8 7-8 24, Jorden Hardwick 3 2-2 8, Emmitt Afam 3 2-3 8, Zach Chitwood 2 0-0 6, Lucius McMillan 5 0-0 10, Justin Austin 5 0-0 11, Cornelius Stradford 2 1-2 6, Bobby Starnes 2 1-1 5, Anthony Pandoli 4 1-3 9 , Ryan Mobley 1 0-0 3, Tyler Hardiman 2 0-0 4, Nick Karas 2 0-0 4. Totals 39 14-19 98.

UA^6^10^4^13 - 33
Cuthbertson^30^23^23^22 - 98

3-pointers: UA 5 (Lloyd 3); C 5 (Chitwood 2). Rebounds: UA 16 (Daly 4, M. Guillot 4); C 38 (Hardwick 8, Pandoli 5). Assists: UA 12 (Beeson 3, Lloyd 3); C 25 (Afam 8). Steals: UA 11 (Lloyd 4); C 22 (Cureton 4). Blocks: UA 3 (Killian 3); C 3 (Stradford 2).

#4 Forest Hills boys 63, #5 West Stanly 62
West Stanly (8-16)
Hunter Martin 0 0-0 0, Jace Helms 0 0-0 0, Trey Barbee 2 0-0 5, Colby Grubbs 0 0-0 0, Taylan Rowe 1 0-0 2, Baron Whitley 2 0-0 6, Cooper Burgess 0 0-0 0, Charlie Eudy 6 1-2 13, Ryan McCormick 5 4-4 14, Colton Haithcock 0 2-2 2, BJ Hill 9 2-7 20. Totals 25 9-15 62

Forest Hills (14-10)
Tyler White 1 1-2 4, Austin Perkins 5 1-3 15, Camry Barbour 0 0-0 0, Roderick Poag 3 0-0 6, Kalief Harrison 3 2-4 8, Kendryk Barrino 1 1-2 3, Jarvis Wilson 0 0-0 0, Jordan Blakeney 6 2-3 18, Zacehaus Rorie 3 2-3 9. Totals 22 9-17 63

WS^11^15^17^19 - 62
FH^13^16^19^15 - 63

3-pointers: WS 3 (Whitley 2, Barbee 1); FH 10 (Perkins 4, Blakeney 4, White 1, Rorie 1). Rebounds: WS 38 (Hill 15, Eudy 13); FH 35 (Harrison 8, Blakeney 6, Rorie 6). Assists: WS 16 (Barbee 5, Hill 5, Whitley 2); FH 18 (Wilson 5, Perkins 4, Rorie 3, White 2, Blakeney 2). Steals: WS 13 (McCormick 3, Hill 3, Rowe 2, Eudy 2, Haithcock 2); FH 12 (Perkins 4, Blakeney 3, White 2). Blocks: WS 4 (McCormick 3, Eudy 1); FH 0.

#3 Monroe boys 69, #6 CATA 40
Central Academy (9-15)
Naim Donaldson 1 3-4 5, Quay Threatt 3 4-6 11, Deshawn Morrison 2 1-2 5, Hazaud Courtlandt 1 3-4 5, Ryan Grigston 1 1-2 3, Josh Daughety 0 2-2 2, Xavier Hamilton 0 0-0 0, Josh Daniel 3 0-0 9, Isaiah Daniel 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 14-20 40

Monroe (19-4)
Quay Chambers 3 3-5 9, Tre Shun Wynn 4 1-3 9, Dikembe White 7 3-4 18, Brandon Roddy 6 2-2 17, Gary Parker 4 0-0 8, Jaylan Barbour 1 0-0 2, Dequavis Allen 0 0-0 0, Tristan Thompson 3 0-1 6, Bernard Taylor 0 0-0 0, Melvin Bonilla 0 0-0 0, Douglas Carelock 0 0-0 0, Isaiah Thomas 0 0-0 0, Nick Ashcraft 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 9-15 69

CATA^8^16^8^8 - 40
MHS^16^17^15^21 - 69

3-pointers: CA 4 (J. Daniel 3, Threatt 1); MHS 4 (Roddy 3, White 1). Rebounds: CA 30 (Donaldson 10, Courtlandt 6); MHS 35 (Chambers 12, Wynn 5). Assists: CA 4 (Grigston 2); MHS 16 (Chambers 5, Wynn 5, Roddy 2, Parker 2). Steals: CA 8 (Morrison 3, Threatt 2, Grigston 2); MHS 9 (Chambers 3, Wynn 3). Blocks: CA 4 (Donaldson 4); MHS 1 (Wynn 1).