Contributors: Andy Pogach, Bria Irizarry, Colleen Gunning and Ryan Killen
Durham Academy athletics has hit the midpoint of the winter season, and basketball and swimming student-athletes are continuing to have success on the court and in the pool. All four Upper School basketball teams took wins over Cary Academy on Tuesday, while there were some individual bright spots for the swim teams in a tri-meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
The girls swimmers and girls hoopsters are back in action this afternoon at Saint Mary’s School, while the boys basketball squad will host Carmel Christian, the state’s No. 1 team, Friday night. For details on DA spectator policies and links to live-streamed games, please visit www.da.org/stream.
The varsity boys basketball team fell 74–49 to Trinity Academy on Jan. 7. The very tall and talented Trinity Academy team was lethal in transition all night and excellent at collecting rebounds on both sides of the court.
Senior Cole Sinclair made a three-pointer to open the scoring, but the Cavs found themselves in a 20–7 hole in a matter of minutes. It seemed as if Trinity was going to pull away early, but the Cavs fought back. The Trinity lead hovered around 10–15 points for almost the entire first half, as nearly every time one team scored, the other responded. On the final possession of the first half, senior Toby Harris made a deep three-pointer while being fouled in the process. He knocked down the ensuing free throw to bring the Cavs within six points to end the half. Sinclair had nine points at the half, while Harris led all scorers with 14.
Sinclair made a couple of tough baskets in the third quarter, but Trinity regained a double-digit advantage heading into the fourth. Trinity then went on a big run to extend the team’s lead to more than 20 and seal the victory.
After the tough loss, the Cavs responded brilliantly on Tuesday with a massive 64–54 win over conference rival Cary Academy. DA had fallen in the season opener to Cary Academy on the road in a lightning fast-paced matchup. This time though, the Cavs set the tempo. After getting beat in transition by Cary Academy back in December, the Cavs barely allowed a basket in transition and only allowed about half the points from the previous matchup.
The game was tight from start to finish. The score stayed within three points until Cary Academy went on a big run at the end of the first half to take a commanding 30–19 lead into the break. As tightly as DA played early on, they just couldn’t match the Chargers in scoring toward the end of the first half.
The second half proved to be a different story. Harris, the night’s star player, took over in the first few minutes of the third period. He was relentless on the offensive glass and put back three straight lay-ins to bring the Cavs within six points and completely swing the momentum. Junior Alex Dunk then hit two three-pointers, and Harris made a tough layup while being fouled to draw the Cavs level.
The fourth quarter was on a knife-edge until a Sinclair layup and a Harris three-pointer gave DA a 51–44 lead. The Chargers fought back valiantly, but a Sinclair corner three-pointer and clutch free throws by Sinclair and Harris all but wrapped up the game in the closing two minutes. Harris threw down a dunk in the final seconds to put an exclamation mark on a huge Cavs win.
It was a historic night for Harris, who scored a career-high 32 points with 11 rebounds. Harris became the 10th player in DA history to score 30 points in a game. The fact that he hit that milestone during such a huge conference game made it all the more impressive. The Cavs trailed by double digits before going on a 40–20 run to win the game. DA squares off against nationally ranked Carmel Christian on Friday.
The varsity girls basketball team bounced back from three straight losses with two 20-point wins over Trinity Academy and Cary Academy in the past week. The Cavs are now 4–4 as they head to Raleigh for Thursday’s matchup with Saint Mary’s at 5:15 p.m.
In the Jan. 7 home game vs. Trinity Academy, DA came out strong from the jump, scoring the first 11 points of the game. Balanced contributions from all seven active players allowed DA to take a sizable lead that the Tigers couldn’t recover from. The Cavs walked away with a 53–27 win in the end. Sophomore Kendall Harris led all scorers with 15 points and nine rebounds. Ninth-grader Lauren Walsh and sophomore Mariam Abdelbarr notched 12 points and five rebounds, and 11 points and five rebounds, respectively. Eighth-grader McKenzie Graves pulled down five rebounds to add to her nine points. Senior Amelia Kass and junior Brooke Epstein combined for six points to round out the Cavs’ scoring.
Tuesday saw a similar energy as DA hosted conference rival Cary Academy. The Cavs took the early lead over the Chargers in the first quarter and never looked back. Scores from all active players proved to be too much for the Chargers’ defense, and the Cavs continued the pace for a 50–28 win. Abdelbarr led the scoring with 14 points and two assists. Harris came up big with a double-double, totaling 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks. Lockdown defense from Graves allowed her to grab five steals, getting the ball up the floor to teammates for five assists. Graves also added seven points. Kass was a big help under the basket on both ends, grabbing seven rebounds to go along with three points. Walsh and junior Molly Hunter each scored four points, while Epstein notched three points to complete the overall team win.
The Cavs now look to extend their three-game winning streak in today’s conference matchup with Saint Mary’s.
The varsity boys swim team defeated North Raleigh Christian Academy 63–30 last Thursday. The team won the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard team relay events. Individually, the boys dominated in the freestyle events, with winners including junior Lars Oehler in the 200-yard freestyle, eighth-grader Tyler Barritt in the 100-yard freestyle and eighth-grader Bennett Harris in the 500-yard freestyle. Harris finished more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Other individual victories included Barritt in the 200-yard individual medley and Harris in the 200-yard butterfly. Ninth-grader Sam Shi came through with a win in the 100-yard backstroke to round out a successful day for DA boys swimming.
On Tuesday, the boys team split its tri-meet, falling to Cary Academy 77–17 but beating Wake Christian 81–9. The Cavs came away with a pair of second-place finishes along with a bunch of third-place finishes. One of the second-place finishes was in the team 200-yard freestyle relay. The sole individual second-place finish came from an impressive performance in the 500-yard freestyle by Barritt. The Cavs will square off against Ravenscroft next week.
The varsity girls swim team fell to North Raleigh Christian Academy 60–33 on Jan. 7. The team came close in a couple of relays, but the Knights swept first place in each. Individually, seventh-grader Audrey Crowder was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle. Sophomore Spencer Jennings won both the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke to grab the other two individual wins for the Cavs.
DA came away with a split result in its tri-meet on Tuesday, falling to Cary Academy 70–22 and defeating Wake Christian 57–16. The Cavs put up an impressive performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing second. Individually, seventh-grader Kenzie Kim also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle. DA’s only first-place finish of the day came from Jennings in the 200-yard freestyle. The Cavs face off with Saint Mary’s on Thursday.
Keeping up with the Cavs
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the Durham Academy App (available on the Apple App Store).
- For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit www.da.org/teams.
- Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders. You can also import team schedules into your electronic calendars.
- All information about the daily athletics schedule is also available on DA’s Athletics Hotline: 919-489-2534 (ext. 5).
The DA App: Schedules and Results
- The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at http://bit.ly/DACavaliers. The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
- The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.