Like a policeman responding to numerous calls in support of his community, I was on the scene at several basketball games over the weekend and I’m here now to file this important report.
Hit the street running on Friday night and responded to a call to the Bob Sawyer Gym on the Grimsley HS campus.Â The Grimsley boys stole one from Northwest Guilford and GHS evened their record at an 8-8 slate for the regular season.Â GHS was down by 15 points in the first half before they got it together and finished off the Vikings.Â Both GHS and NWG came out of the game at 3-4 in the Metro 4-A conference and with Page also at 3-4 after their comeback agaisnt Smith, we have a dogfight on our hands for the remainder of the regular season.Â Â
Page wasÂ almost dead but they came to life and scored the last 12 pointsÂ of the game to secure the win over the Golden Eagles who are 4-3 in theÂ Metro and it looks like Smith may stillÂ have the best chance of upsetting unbeaten High Point Central.Â I had my deputy, Paul T. Lambeth II at the Page-Smith clash and I also spoke to Jeff Carlton of the of the www.news-record about the incidents surrounding the Mac Morris Gymnasium andÂ how it all unfolded and Jeff said it unfolded like one of Paul’s dirty old shirts, wrinkled, battered, andÂ tattered but still useable.
The WhirlieGirls of Grimsley continued their dominance of the Metro 4-A competition as they held off a strong NWG squad that cameÂ into the Bob Sawyer Gym looking to slapÂ a white wash up-side the GrimsleyÂ “D-fence”.Â I keep hearing that High Point Central will be the first team to knock offÂ theÂ GHS ladies in the conference, but it will take a smothering, Becky Smothers-like assault to kill off the WhirlieGirls.
Hit the hardwoods on Friday night and then back on the scene Saturday afternoon to check out the UNCG Lady Spartans in their home matchup with Elon at the Fleming Gym.Â UNCG pounded the Phoenix and had the youngÂ women from EU wishing they were in Arizona for the winter.Â The final was 88-40 with UNCG inÂ total control and oneÂ fanÂ said this was the worst beating she had ever witnessed.Â Â The Lady SpartansÂ from UNCG can get upÂ and down the court andÂ coachÂ Lynn AgeeÂ has just about as much talent coming off her bench as she does in the starting lineup.
WithÂ Kristen Boone and Jasmine Byrd in the backcourt the Spartans are goingÂ toÂ get it to the bucket.Â Jasmine Dixon coming off the bench makesÂ sure the Spartans don’t miss a beat backÂ there.Â Latham and Otamiri at the forwards and Chamberlain in theÂ middle and you have a nice formula for success.Â Elon had one local lady on their team in Amber Wall of Eastern Guilford, but she hit a brick wall when she ran into the UNCG “D”.
Saturday night and I ‘aint got noÂ homey, ‘aint got no moneyÂ andÂ I just got paid, I wishÂ I had a ball game to sneak into,Â IÂ need to find my way:INTO THE GAME.(I might want to stick around after the game and sleep in the boiler room it’s cold outside baby)Â Â Â I saw the light at the Dudley Gym and rememberedÂ it’s Dudley vs. Burlington Cummings and I have 1 greensborosports.com business card left andÂ it’s my Ticket to Paradise.Â
DudleyÂ wasÂ headed into this contest having lost on the road to Rockingham County on Friday night at RCHS by two points at the buzzer and the Panthers had beaten the previously perfect BC Cavaliers last year in Burlington.Â The Panthers got behind early, but when Cummings’ star playerÂ Dwight Jones got into foul trouble Dudley wentÂ to work.Â Jones was the core of the BC effort and when heÂ was on the bench or when he had to lay off of the Dudley inside men because of foul problems the Panthers took over and they went onÂ to win the contest 77-67.
The regular Panthers, Kenny Belton andÂ Josh Chavis stood out, KB had 25 and JC added 19, but on this night Dudley got a huge lift from fellow-senior Parrish Walker as P-Dub put 16 big points and seven rebounds into the Dudley scorebook.Â Dudley’s best lineup inÂ my opinion and I think that Jeff Carlton of the N&R may concur, is Belton, Chavis, Walker, Brandon Pinnix, and Marcus Heath.Â It is a smaller groupÂ without 6’8 Mike Coger, but I believe that this lineup makes Dudley a quicker team and that Belton and Pinnix can take care of the boards and that the sly-one ParrishÂ Walker will be there to help out with the rebounds.
Also on Saturday night, Greensboro Day School went on the road to defeat Charlotte Christian in a tough one, 56-52, with Johnny Thomas paving the way with 18.Â GDS was up big 39-25 at the half and had to withstand a strong second half from Christian to win it.Â Charlotte ChristianÂ took the second half 27-17, outscoring GDS 22-8 in the 3rd quarter, to tie the game at 47-47.Â I am sure the Bengals are glad toÂ get the big road win and they face another tough team, Christ School on Friday at GDS.
My final stop on the Basketball Beat was on Sunday atÂ the Lewis Recreation Center.Â It was raining soÂ hard I didn’t feel like getting soaked so I brought my game indoors and got some shots on the wood tile court at Lewis.Â I hateÂ playing hoops indoors because the outside is so wide open with the airÂ and the birds and the creek etc., butÂ if you’re hungry you have to head to the table and if you are thirsty you must go to the well and well to be honest after watching all that basketball on the Basketball Beat all weekend I had to doÂ whatÂ I had been watching, and take it to the HOLE.Â There’s nothing better than shooting some hoops and not a better way to close out a Basketball Beat weekend.Â Â