Unbeaten Dreher put it together down the stretch Tuesday night to score a 51-47 victory against stubborn C.A. Johnson.
The Blue Devils (6-0) made up for a lot of mistakes in the fourth quarter, hitting seven of 11 shots from the field on the way to a 17-13 edge over the final eight minutes.
“(CAJ) made some great adjustments in the game and, if we don’t have the streak shooting we got from Tevin Mack and John Myers, we come out of here with a loss,” Dreher coach Jon Richards said.
“A road win is always good and we’re 6-0, but we have a lot to fix before we get into conference play.”
The teams were tied at 34 at the end of the third quarter and the Hornets had a 40-36 lead with a 6-2 spurt in the opening 68 seconds of the fourth before Dreher went on a 12-2 run that staked the Devils to a 48-42 lead with 2:16 to play. Myers had six points during the critical stretch and Mack tallied four.
Still, the Green Hornets refused to go down meekly, and made it a one-possession game when Peter Goodman fired in a 3-pointer from the right corner with 37 seconds to go to cut the deficit to 50-47. But that was the final tally for CAJ.
“We’ve gone toe-to-toe with just about everybody so far, but we only 3-4,” Hornets coach Daryl Jarvis said. “We have to find a way to stop going brain dead at the end of games. That will come, but it has been a little frustrating. In the big picture, we’re a young team and this experience is going to help us because we’re not going to be seeing too many teams like the ones we’ve play so far in 1A.”
Mack and Myers accounted for all but eight of Dreher’s points. Mack rang up 22 points and Myers scored 21 . Both players connected on nine of 17 shots from the field. The only difference was Mack had two 3-pointers to one for Myers. In the fourth quarter, Myers scored eight points, Mack seven.
Mike Knox led C.A. Johnson with 12 points, and Goodman added 10.
Dreher seem ready to blow the game open with a 12-2 run at the start of the third quarter to push its halftime lead to 31-19.
But CAJ was a different team after Jarvis called a timeout to vent and insert Benjamin Holmes into the lineup for the first time. Holmes produced four points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist while helping the Hornets pull even by the end of the quarter. The other key figure in the move was William Tobe, who scored all eight of his points in the third.
D: Hampton 2, Nathaniel 2, Tevin Mack 22, John Myers 21, Drayton 2, Alford 2. CAJ: Tobe 8, Peter Goodman 10, Holmes 6, Mike Knox 12, Johnson 9, Seawright 2.