Spartans throttle Randleman
Wed. January 23, 2013 at 11:06 p.m. | By Bruce Wehrle
There’s nothing sweeter than payback.
The last time the Central Davidson boys’ basketball team played Randleman, the Tigers crushed the Spartans 59-30 back on Dec. 4.
“We were embarrassed,” said Central coach Brian Hege. “It was just one of those games where we couldn’t get anything going.
“So we’ve been wanting to play this game for a while.”
It was worth the wait.
This time, the Spartans took control of the game right from the opening jump ball and never looked back on the way to a 60-47 nonconference victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night in a game rescheduled from December.
It was Central’s 11th straight victory.
“We really didn’t play that well last night (a 49-42 victory over East Davidson on Tuesday), so we had a walk-around, shoot-around for about 30 minutes today after school,” said Hege, who was also quick to point out that, no, practices will not be shorter from here on out.
“We didn’t beat a bad team tonight,” added Hege. “I thought it was us defensively. We just got after it. We really played together tonight.”
The Spartans jumped out to a 10-2 lead right away, getting nice early boosts from Robert Biesecker and Chris Pompey, as well as three turnovers by the Tigers.
But Randleman clawed its way back into the game to trail 10-8 at the end of the first period.
But the Spartans, working on a short memory, opened the second period with an 11-2 run — sparked by an alley-oop dunk by Pompey and a 3-pointer from Derek Chavis — to rebuild their lead to 21-10.
Then another trey and another dunk by Pompey as the half drew near gave the Spartans a 28-17 lead at intermission.
Randleman never really had a chance this time around.
“Our game plan was to switch everything, to switch every screen, to talk and communicate,” said Hege.
“Last time they (Randleman) got a lot of back-door cut off us, back picks and curl cuts and we decided we were just going to switch it,” said Hege. “We did a great job communicating and we only worked on it 10 minutes after school today.
“Our offensive game plan was to get it inside and attack off the dribble and to push the tempo, and we did a great job.”
Pompey, who scored only two points in the first meeting with the Tigers, ended up with 22 this time around.
“Chris played like he’s capable of playing tonight,” said Hege. “He was aggressive posting up, and he made aggressive moves.
That’s what I wanted to see from him.”
The Spartans are now 13-2 overall while Randleman slipped to 10-5.