Middle School "B" Boys Basketball
The boys B basketball team defeated Magellan, 17-4, Tuesday in the season opener for both teams. The Warriors hit seven free throws to go along with five baskets. “Our transition defense was very good and we made some free throws,” said coach David Simmons. “It was a good way to start the season.” Ollie Koon and Jude English scored six points each to lead the scoring. St. David’s travels to Cary Christian Thursday.
The Warriors middle school boys B team ended the season with a resounding 43-17 victory over Trinity Academy of Raleigh at home Tuesday. Will Nicholson led SDS with nine points, Phillip Medlin had all eight of his in the first quarter and Cruz English finished with seven as St. David’s led wire-to-wire. “We had a fun season,” said coach Charles Graves, whose team finished 9-5. “We played well as a team and the players improved over the course of the season. They were fun to coach.”
The boys B team won their third game this week, 40-24, over Cary Academy Friday at home. The Warriors led wire-to-wire and built a ten-point halftime margin into the 16 point win. “We just played our game,” said coach Charles Graves, whose team is 8-4 with one game left. “We moved the ball well and got everyone involved.” Clay Lewis led St. David’s with 11 points, while Cruz English and Will Nicholson each had seven. The Warriors finish the season Tuesday at home against Trinity Academy of Raleigh.
The Warriors middle school teams won three out of four games Thursday. The A girls routed NRCA, 28-12, then the boys slayed the Knights 45-34 to complete a home doubleheader sweep. The B teams played at New Life Camp in North Raleigh. The boys won 37-14, while the girls lost 11-9. Samantha Leshnock led the A girls with 14 points, while Anne George hit both of her three-point attempts for six points. “It was a good bounce back for us,” said coach Robert Eastmann, whose Warriors had lost their last two games. “Everyone played and a few scored for the first time this season.” Reid Seck and Hank Madden led the A boys with nine points each and Judson Thompson added eight. Sam Crosby (7) and Howard Brooks (7) rounded out the balanced scoring. On the road, the B boys jumped out to an early lead and maintained control throughout the game. William Manning led the scoring with 13 points and Phillip Medlin added nine. All four teams are back in action Friday against Cary Academy. The B teams host the Chargers, while the A teams play in Cary.
The middle school girls and boys B teams swept St. Timothy’s at home Monday afternoon. The girls shut out the Titans in the first half for a 6-0 halftime lead. The Warriors (8-1) did not allow a basket until the fourth quarter after they built a 12-1 lead. “Our defense has been tremendous all year,” said coach Jason Redmond. “It was outstanding again today and we passed the ball better on offense in the second half.” Kenley Wood and Greysen Woody led St. David’s with four points each. Madison George, Rebekah Leshnock and Kylie Neshat scored two points each. The boys used balanced scoring and aggressive play on defense to win, 48-30. St. David’s (6-4) led the entire contest and turned a nine point halftime lead into a 20 point advantage in the fourth quarter. “Our pre-game talk was short and to the point,” said coach Charles Graves. “We talked about playing with confidence and using it to finish the game after we took the lead. I thought we applied what we talked about.” Jack Webster led the Warriors with nine points. Phillip Medlin had eight, while Will Nicholson and Cruz English added seven each.
Tuesday’s trip to Cary Christian did not turn out well for the Warriors middle school basketball B teams. The girls lost for the first time this season, 14-13, and the boys fell 46-33. The girls led 10-6 at halftime, but a strong Knights press in the second half made the difference. “We had way too many turnovers in the second half,” said coach Jason Redmond, whose team is 7-1. “We missed too many shots in the first half and their pressure was too much for us in the second half.” Greysen Woody led St. David’s with five points. The boys couldn’t overcome an early deficit and dropped to 5-4. “We weren’t aggressive at all early in the game and that set the tone,” said coach Charles Graves. “We need to be consistent and play with confidence every game.” Clay Lewis and Harris Webster led the scoring with six points each.
The Warriors middle school boys and girls B teams both won at St. Timothy's Friday. The boys used a 25 point second half to win, 40-19. The victory ended a two game losing streak. Will Nicholson and Phillip Medlin scored 10 points each and Jack Webster had eight. "Our big second half was a reflection of a great week of practice," said coach Charles Graves. "Our guys really zoned in after our two losses and I think we've regained our focus." The girls won a hard fought defensive battle, 13-6, Friday at St. Timothy’s. St. David’s (7-0) led the entire game and allowed the Titans just two points in the second half. “Our defense pulled us through again,” said coach Jason Redmond. “Their defense was very good as well as we didn’t get many uncontested shots. Raynor Singleton was outstanding on both ends today and was the key to our win..” Singleton scored all six of her points in the second half to lead SDS. Madison George, Rebekah Leshnock and Kenley Wood scored two points each, while Greysen Woody made a free throw. Both Warriors teams travel to Cary Christian Tuesday.
The middle school boys basketball B team lost a heartbreaker, 59-58, in overtime Monday at home against North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Warriors (4-3) were on the floor for the first time since December 5th, and held a seven-point lead entering the final quarter. The Knights fought back to take the lead late, then Clay Lewis hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. SDS fell behind by six with 1:32 left, but Lewis hit two more from long range and Cruz English hit both free throws to pull St. David’s within one with 21 seconds left. NRCA held on to take the win. “This game was about our heart and competitiveness,” said coach Charles Graves. “Our guys haven’t practiced or played together for a month and we battled to the end. I’m very proud of their effort and desire.” Lewis led the Warriors with 17 points. Will Nicholson added 11, while English hit all eight of his free throw attempts. The Warriors travel to St. Timothy’s Friday.
The middle school boys B team lost, 36-33, at Cary Academy Tuesday. The Warriors led 31-19 after three quarters, but couldn’t hold off the Chargers to snap their three game winning streak. “I don’t think we were focused enough to close it out,” said coach Charles Graves, whose team is 4-2 going into the exam and holiday break. “We were coasting on our past success and it cost us. We’ll learn from it and come back strong after break. Will Nicholson led St. David’s with 10 points. The Warriors host NRCA on January 8th
The boys B team left Wake Christian with a 32-26 victory Thursday to raise their record to 4-1. The Warriors gave up just seven points in the second half to earn the win. “We had a very slow start, but had the fire to succeed,” said coach Charles Graves. “We wanted to work hard enough to come back. They have it off the court as well and that’s why we’re off to a good start. I’m very proud of my team.” Phillip Medlin led St. David’s with 15 points, while Clay Lewis added nine.
The middle school boys B team won their second straight game by a 32-30 score, this time over Cary Christian, Tuesday at home. The Warriors (3-1) led the entire game, but the Knights fought back late the fourth quarter to pull within one. Philip Medlin and Cruz English led St. David’s with 10 points each. “We stayed together and didn’t panic,” said coach Charles Graves. “We stopped them on defense and created turnovers when we needed to and ran our offense.” The Warriors play at Wake Christian Thursday.
Both middle school B teams defeated Wake Christian Friday afternoon at home. The girls started the doubleheader with a 14-7 victory over the Bulldogs. St. David’s did not allow a point in the first quarter for the second straight game and led 8-3 at halftime. “Our defense was outstanding for the entire game,” said coach Jason Redmond, whose team is 2-0. “We had a lot of open shots on offense that we didn’t make, but we will next time.” Greysen Woodie, Medlin Weddington and Rebekah Leshnock had four points each to lead SDS. The boys had to work overtime for a 32-30 victory. Clay Lewis hit the game winning shot with under ten seconds left. “We never gave up,” said coach Charles Graves. “It’s a great lesson for our guys to keep working no matter what the score is.” The lead changed hands multiple times, with neither team having more than a four point lead. Lewis led the St. David’s (2-1) scoring with 12 points.
The middle school boys basketball B team wiped out a seven point deficit with 90 seconds left to defeat Magellan Charter 23-19 Wednesday at St. David’s. The Warriors defense forced several Mariners turnovers and Clay Lewis hit multiple key free throws to shift momentum. Magellan also committed a flagrant foul with one minute to play that the Warriors turned into a five-point play. “That sequence was the key to our comeback,” said coach Charles Graves. “We overcame a slow start with a strong second half and our bench was very important during our run. The ones who weren’t playing showed great enthusiasm, which really helped their teammates on the floor. Everyone believed we could come back and we did.” Will Nicholson led SDS with nine points and Lewis added seven. William Manning had a team-best seven rebounds and Phillips Medlin came up with five steals.