High School Sports

Devils conquer cold touch, Chiefs

Dreher has won 24 games this year, and the mantra has been shooting the ball better than the opponent.

But when the shots didn't fall Friday night, the Blue Devils still found a way to advance past the second round of the Class 3A playoffs with a 66-58 victory against North Myrtle Beach.

Tyler Harris and Quayshun Hawkins shook off poor first halves and carried Dreher despite the team's 33.9 percent shooting.

"Is that how bad it was?" Dreher coach Jon Richards asked. "That just shows we were able to gut out a win with less than our best game. Hopefully we'll see it on Tuesday. This was a hustle victory. It wasn't a shooting victory or a rebounding victory."

There were eight lead changes and five ties through three quarters, and it was a four-point Blue Devil lead, 43-39, going into the final eight minutes.

The biggest lead by either team was Dreher's seven-point advantage before the Blue Devils (24-3) jumped to a 47-39 lead on a rebound and layin by Chris Brown 30 seconds into the fourth quarter. But the Chiefs didn't go away without a fight.

North Myrtle Beach (16-9) went on an 11-4 run, highlighted by four points from Chris Walker, and trailed 52-50 with 4:41 remaining. But that was as close as they would get.

Hawkins scored six points and Harris added five points during the game-ending 14-8 spurt. Harris started the run with a free throw and a jumper from the wing. Hawkins then scored on an offensive rebound.

The two combined to score 22 second-half points after being held to just six between them in the first half. They each finished with 14 points.

"They didn't respect Tyler (Harris) from outside or from 15 feet, and he stepped up and scored points," Richards said. "The big thing was they totally overplayed Chris (Brown) in the second half after he carried us in the first."

Brown, who kept Dreher in the game with 17 of his 23 points in the first half, scored on another offensive rebound, and two free throws to make it 60-54. Harris then missed a short jumper, but got his own rebound and hit a jumper before Hawkins sealed it with four free throws down the stretch.

The Chiefs had dominated the boards in the first half and held a 28-17 advantage, but Dreher won the second half battle 22-17 and finished with a 17-11 advantage on second chance points.

"I don't think any doubt the difference in the game was we were out rebounded by 11 in the first half and we won the rebound battle in the second half," Richards said.

North Myrtle Beach coach John Trussell thought his team's inability from the free throw line and turnovers were a big difference. The Chiefs went 10-for-21 from the free throw line and turned it over 18 times. Dreher finished with six turnovers.

"We won the battle in the paint, but the biggest difference was the turnovers and they beat us on the free throw line," Trussell said. "We shot better than them, out rebounded them and scored more points in the paint. Usually when you do those three things, you're going to win."

Greg Wilson led four Chiefs in double figures with 17 points and Walker added 20 rebounds and 11 points.


NMB: Greg Wilson 17, Temmarick Hemingway 12, Chris Walker 11, Timmane Bellamy 11, Poston 5, Jeeter 2. D: Chris Brown 23, Tyler Harris 14, Quayshun Hawkins 14, Halback 7, Boyd 3, Whitehead 3, Wells 2. Rec: D 24-3; NMB 16-9.