Petersburg Knocks Off Thomas Dale
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Feb 10, 2014, 13:56
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CHESTER – After an opening flurry of lead changes led to a 7-6 score in Friday night’s basketball game between Thomas Dale and Petersburg, the Crimson Wave went on a 13-0 tear to take a 19-7 first quarter lead.
It would take the nights most of the rest of the game to regain the lead, but in the end Petersburg’s ability to turn defense into offense led to a 60-54 victory.
The Knights closed the gap to three points at the half, behind an uptick in defense and an offense fueled by eight points apiece from Andrien White’s jump shots and Niles Tate’s work in the paint. It looked as if the Knights had overcome some hard defensive play and finally started getting the roll on their outside shoot.
But a resurgent Petersburg team came back on the court to start the second half and quickly stretched the lead back to 10, mostly behind Douglas Kaimonne’s eight points and Resean Bolton’s four points. For all, it appeared as if the Knights would never catch up, as they trailed by eight points going into the fourth quarter, 46-38.
Still, the Knights continued to battle. White looked like his shot was finally going to fall as he hit a long three pointer, and Tate and A.J. Holiday started to chip in points on the offensive set. Suddenly the Knights had closed the gap to one point, and when White stole the ball at half court and drove the ball for a dunk, Thomas Dale had finally completed the long sought comeback to take the lead. They managed to stretch the lead to five points. But there were several minutes left on the clock, and they were playing Petersburg.
“I told the team that we didn’t need to be concerned about their run. Basketball is a game of runs, we just needed to make the last run. There’s still a lot of time left to play,” Petersburg Coach Rick Hite said.
Petersburg turned up their defense and managed to get the Knights to make mistakes. They had two turnovers that resulted in points for the Crimson Wave. Then, down by one point, they grabbed a rebound and found Bolton bolting at half court. He reached up and pulled in the fast-break pass, and took it to the rim, slamming home the go ahead dunk as Petersburg took the lead for good. Bolton would add a pair of free throws to reach the final score and put the game away for Petersburg.
“It was kind of like they are going to get a dunk and we can’t leave here without one. It got my team going a little. Then when I got fouled, I thought I might as well finish it off with two free throws to make a two score game,” Resean Bolton said.
The game had been a battle from the start. White, game high 24 points, opened things up with a three-ball from the left corner. But Petersburg’s Kaimonne, 21 points, answered with a three. The teams exchanged leads three times before Petersburg surged behind a 13-opint barrage from five different players. Gevon Arrington and Kaimonne each had five points, James Adonis had four, and Fitzgerald Audrey and Jackson Gemonta added three and two, respectively.
Tate and White each had eight points in the critical second quarter as the Knights battled to get out from under the double-digit lead. But in the end, they had left too many shots on the front of the rim, and had a few too many turnovers in the lasts few minutes to earn the win.
“We are not a great shooting team so we got to really work hard on offense to get points and we didn’t work hard. We made four critical mistakes in the final few minutes: we tried to make a pass and get it through the crowd and then we tried to pass cross court. We took a shot we should have tried, and then we tried two more shots that we shouldn’t take. When anybody plays us they play hard, we’ve got to play hard. The kids had nothing to be ashamed of,” Thomas Dale Coach Eddie Goss said.
PETERSBURG (14-5) — Arrington 5, James 6, Douglas 21, Jackson 4, Fitzgerald 6, Rasir Bolton 5, Davis 0, Rasean Bolton 13, Peterson 0, Richardson 0. Totals 23 9-13 60.
THOMAS DALE (7-9) — Gregory 3, Smith 2, Harris 0, White 24, Gothe 0, Fleischer 4, Tate 11, Holliday 8, Clark 2. Totals 19 12-20 54.
3-point goals — P: Douglas 3, Arrington, Fitzgerald; TD: White 3, Gregory.