The Northwestern Trojans turned in another solid performance and moved one step closer to the championship game of the 14th annual Lindberg Moody Holiday Basketball Classic with a 71-23 decision over the Denmark-Olar Vikings on Friday at Northwestern High School.
The Trojans jumped to a 7-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game and never looked back in recording their second one-sided victory in the four-day tournament.
At the end of the first period, the Trojans were in front 19-6. They continued their pressure defense, good ball handling and solid transition game to race to a 36-11 lead at intermission.
The Trojans outscored Denmark-Olar 15-6 in the third period for a 51-17 advantage and coasted from there to improve to 8-2 on the season.
We played some good pressure defense in a lot of places tonight, said Northwestern head coach Larry Davis. That is what we want every game. We want a pressure defense.
Davis said with 10 games under the Trojans belts, they are coming together before beginning their tough region schedule.
Our players are beginning to see what we need to do on the floor, Davis said. I can see a lot of maturity from this team since the first of the season.
The Trojans played quite a few combinations during the game, and 12 players scored.
This tournament experience is going to help us, because we are getting a lot of quality minutes from a lot of players, said Davis. Our players are really trying hard to do what we ask them to do. I like the effort that I see.
Clenzo Ross led the scoring attack with 17 points, including 13 prior to intermission. Dwayne Hemphill added eight, while Quiveon Beckham tossed in seven.
Denmark-Olar was led by Chanslar Kirkland with 11, while William Smith scored six.
In other tournament action, the Cardinal Newman Cardinals used some good outside shooting and a tough defense to top the Nation Ford Falcons 54-44.
The Cardinals led 10-8 after one period and upped it to 24-15 at halftime. Zakki Parkers 3-point goal with four seconds left in the second quarter provided the halftime margin.
After three periods, the Cardinals led 42-27, and moved on from there for the victory.
We came out flat today, said Nation Ford head coach Michael Tew. That is all on me. I should have them ready to play, and we were not ready to play. We just did not have the intensity we need when you play a good team.
Despite the loss, Tew said his team is getting prepared them for the rest of the season.
We did some good things, Tew said. I like the fact that we did not quit.
We will continue to work and get better. Their defense was pretty good, and we have not seen anything like that so far.
Charles Smith led Cardinal Newman with 14 points. Parker tossed in 11, while Joe Armstrong scored 10.
Mike Campbell and Dalton Rose led the Falcons with 11 points each. Riley Hilton added six points for the Falcons.
In another game involving a local team, the Providence Panthers placed three players in double figures and toppled the Lewisville Lions 64-52.
Providence led 13-9 after one period and outscored Lewisville 24-18 in the second quarter to take the score to 37-27 at intermission. The two teams played the second half on nearly even terms.
Dalen Dotson led the Providence scoring attack with 18 points, including eight in the second quarter when the Panthers pulled away to the 10-point halftime lead. Jeremy Spencer added 12 points for the Panthers, while Drake DeIuliis tossed in 10.
Cody Montgomery led the Lions attack with 18 points. Jarris Elder joined him in double figures with 12, and Obbie Sarduy added eight.
Fridays Moody scores
Archbishop Carroll 68, Bethesda Academy 30
Providence 64, Lewisville 52
Riverside 64, Allendale-Fairfax 48
Blythewood 65, Hickory Grove Christian 42
Cardinal Newman 54, Nation Ford 44
Northwestern 71, Denmark-Olar 23
Charlotte United 55, Lakewood 50
Westwood 82, Oakbrook Prep 64
The Great Falls Red Devils defeated the Andrew Jackson Volunteers 66-57 in the first round of the Andrew Jackson Christmas Tournament.
The Red Devils trailed in the early going, but midway through the second period back-to-back 3-pointers by O.B. Holmes put Great Falls in front, and the Red Devils never trailed again.
Jamarcus Culp led Great Falls with 24 points. He had 16 in the second half. Nigel Simpson added 10 to the winning cause for Coach John Smiths team, which improved to 5-3 on the year.
Great Falls plays Parkwood from Monroe, N.C., in the tournament championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
• At the Cherokee Invitational in Gaffney, the Rock Hill Bearcats defeated Robbinsville 86-61. Rock Hill will play Erwin in the second round Saturday at 5 p.m.
• At the Poinsettia Tournament in Greenville, the J.L. Mann Patriots toppled the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets 48-39. Fort Mill will play Strom Thurmond at noon Saturday in the second round of play.