The Northwestern boys led by two points at halftime, but a seven-point swing in Dorman’s favor to end the third quarter broke open a close game, resulting in a 58-43 Cavaliers victory Tuesday night at Northwestern.
It was the second loss in a week to the undefeated Cavaliers (6-0) and the fourth straight overall for the Trojans after winning their season opener. There were five lead changes and three ties in a very competitive third period.
Collin Hill had an old-fashioned three-point play to open the second half that gave the visitors a 22-21 lead. Then the see-saw of lead changes began. After two free throws by Northwestern’s Davion Blake tied it at 30-all, Dorman went on its spurt.
Nathan Alimagham gave the Cavaliers the lead with a strong bucket inside and then two by Zach Butler made it 34-30. The big blow that gave Dorman momentum was Jordan Berry’s basket down low while being knocked to the ground with one second remaining in the quarter. Berry hit the free throw for the 37-30 lead heading to the fourth. Berry had all six of his points in the period.
The rebounds and second-chance points were a problem for the home team all night as the Cavaliers size proved to be too much.
The Trojans jumped on their guests early, leading 7-2 at one point in the first quarter and 10-4 heading to the second. Myleck Durham had five of his 14 points in the first eight minutes, including a three-pointer that made it 10-4.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who is headed to Stanford to play wide receiver in football, scored eight straight Dorman points by himself in the second. All of them were from inside, including a thunderous two-hand slam. He shared the team-high of twelve points with teammate Carlos Dotson, who also did all his dirty-work down low and on the boards. Northwestern’s Malcolm Anthony also had eight of his game-high 15 in the second period, including 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Cavaliers also scored the first five of the fourth to complete a 12-0 run and gain a 42-30 advantage. The Trojans did not get their first points of the final period until Durham hit two free throws with 4:47 left. A three-pointer by Zach Byas cut it back to ten at 45-35 with 4:10 remaining. But on the next Dorman possession, Dotson rebounded after two missed free throws and put it back in for a 12-point lead. The Cavaliers scored the next four points for a 16-point lead at 51-35 that ended Northwestern’s hopes.
The Trojans will travel to Spring Valley on Thursday night and try to avenge a 73-72 loss on Friday at Northwestern.
Dorman 58 Northwestern 43
Individual scoring - NHS: Malcolm Anthony 15, Myleck Durham 14, Zach Byas 3, Cory Hardin-McCoy 3, Desmond Walls 3, Julius Shockley 3, Davion Blake 2. DHS: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 12, Carlos Dotson 12, Collin Hill 7, Zach Butler 7, Jordan Berry 6, Syhem Scruggs 5, Nathan Alimagham 4, Ricus Askew 2, Wesley Robinson 2, Harris Finley 1. Team fouls - NHS: 17; DHS: 19. Records - Northwestern 1-4, Dorman 6-0.
Dorman’s Taylor Petty led all scorers with 27 points. The Trojans led 10-9 after one. Makenna Thompson had seven of her team-high 11 in the second period for Northwestern.
“We’re going to be just fine,” Northwestern coach John Bramlett said. “This is why we play the Dorman’s and Spartanburg’s early in the season.”
Dorman 50, Northwestern 31
Individual scoring - NHS: Makenna Thompson 11, NaNa Jones 9, Tiana Lewter 2, Lauren Reese 1, Alexis Loney 8. DHS: Taylor Petty 27, Erykah Connor 7, Rebecca Hall 6, Sam Penson 4, Maya Rogers 3, Teyana Rogers 2, Mimi Vang 1.
Records: Northwestern 0-3, Dorman 3-2.