ROEBUCK — Dorman got a little more than it bargained for against Northwestern on Friday night.
The No. 8 Cavaliers needed a late run but were able to pull away from the shorthanded Trojans 56-49 in their home opener. Several of Northwestern’s players are preparing for the 4A Division II state championship against Stratford today at Williams-Brice Stadium and join the basketball team next week.
Dorman (2-0) appeared to have the game in-hand, leading 42-27 through three quarters. However, Northwestern (3-2) put together a 19-4 run to close within 46-44 following a Will Chitwood 3-pointer and back-to-back buckets from Clenzo Ross with 2:30 remaining.
Ricus Askew gave the Cavaliers a narrow bit of breathing room with a basket before Collin Hill sealed it with a 3-pointer followed by a pair of free throws to extend the advantage to 53-45 with 40 seconds left.
Hill finished with a team-high 13 points, while Quantez Brown added 12. Carlos Dotson also finished in double figures with 10.
The Trojans were led by Ross with a game-high 16 points. Malcolm Anthony added 10 points, while Chitwood had seven.
“We put ourselves in a position where we had to come from behind the whole game,” first-year Northwestern coach Larry Davis said. “We missed from free throws and had some turnovers during the course of the game, but I’m really proud of the way the kids fought. They competed the whole time.”
“Coach Davis, a first-year coach there, is really doing a good job with those guys,” Ryan said. “Let’s be honest, he’s a little shorthanded and he really tried to make it a low-possession game.”
Dorman 80, Northwestern 43: Khalia Webb scored 21 points to lead all scorers as the No. 2 Cavaliers (2-0) cruised to the win. Jasmine Rogers finished with 15, while Logan Hollis added 14.
Northwestern was led by Ieshia Love with 11 points. Aubriana Thompson added seven for the Trojans.