Richland Northeast's scorekeeper could have gone out for a nice dinner and returned to a still updated scorebook with the ferocity in which Dorman was guarding the visitors Saturday evening.
The second-round playoff matchup turned out to be a dud in the excitement department with Dorman holding RNE to only one-point off its season low in a 64-43 win. The Cavaliers advance to host Lancaster Tuesday with the winner playing in Friday's upper state championship at the BiLo Center.
It was pretty much a done deal by halftime as RNE was limited to only four points in each of the opening two quarters with Ryan Quarles accounting for all eight points. RNE went over nine minutes without a point before Quarles hit a driving layup with 2:42 left in the first half. Another 2:20 void followed as Dorman sped to a 28-8 lead at the break.
"In playoff basketball I think it's much more important getting off to a good start because teams can get tight," Dorman coach Thomas Ryan said.
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"There's a lot on the line, you lose or go home. I thought setting the tone early and really playing solid was big tonight. We put them on their heels for most of the game. "Sometimes it doesn't look pretty but it was a great team win defensively."
Dorman's defense was so superb they barely felt compelled to unveil their vaunted trap, which usually serves as the main component of getting the pace up to the fast level they prefer.
"This was probably one of the first games all year where we hadn't used our trap a good bit," Ryan said. "But we were playing so good defensively man to man that it was so solid we didn't really feel we needed a tempo change."
Curtis Webb scored 10 of his 15 points (all on free throws) in the first half while Charone Peake added six of his game-high 16 points.
Adam Humphries also scored 15. After having played only a few minutes Wednesday with the flu, Peake was a bundle of energy and played one of his more aggressive games of the season on both ends of the floor.
Assessing Peake's effectiveness, Dorman point guard Maurice Daniels smiled and said, "Charone's big, fast and strong and when he goes to the basket nobody wants to take a charge from him. He's going to finish either way whether he makes the basket or goes to the free throw line."
Ryan was very impressed with Peake's high intensity saying that "when he plays that hard, we become that much better.
"I thought Charone was the key. He attacked the rim, something we've been trying to get him to do all year. He finished around the basket and was just a catalyst, even on the defensive end where he blocked and altered shots."
RNE never got no closer than 15 points in the second half as Dorman kept the margin around 20 for the majority and scored 16 of their 20 fourth quarter points from the free throw line. Overall Dorman attempted 50 free throws, making 33.
"They were a tough team, but it was a very good night for us," Webb said. "It's a good time for us to come together and play the way we are because its win or go home."