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Cavs Corner: Winter Sports Move into Final Stretch of the Season

Contributors: Bria Irizarry, Colleen Gunning and Ryan Killen
Twitter: @daathletics
Instagram: @dacavsathletics

Cavalier winter sports have been on a roll and are heading into the final few weeks of the season. The boys basketball team is 7–5 and in fourth place in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC). With just six regular-season games left, four of which will take place over the next nine days, the team looks to avenge earlier losses to Cary Academy and Trinity Academy of Raleigh. After two thrilling wins in Kirby Gym over the last week, the girls basketball team has earned an 8–4 record and is 5–0 in conference. Friday night’s home game vs. North Raleigh Christian Academy will prove to be a tough matchup, as the Knights hold the top spot in the conference. 

The varsity swim team is representing the Cavs at Thursday’s TISAC conference meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center. We wish them the best of luck as they put their final mark on the season!

As a reminder, you can follow along with all the action at home and also find links to away games at www.da.org/stream

Boys Basketball

Varsity Boys Basketball

The varsity boys basketball team defeated the Research Triangle Raptors 67–46 in a Senior Night game on Friday. Before the game, the six seniors (Sean Perkins, Alex Pfeil, Blake Smith, Henry Leasure, Toby Harris and Cole Sinclair) were recognized for their contributions to the program over the past few seasons, which include some of the most successful seasons in DA basketball history.

The Cavs were once again led by seniors Sinclair and Harris. Sinclair scored a game-high 25 points, while Harris scored 24 and added 10 boards. Pfeil and Smith also made a few baskets for the Cavs on their Senior Night.

The Cavs had control of this one from start to finish, never letting the Raptors go on a sustainable runs. 

After the Senior Night win, DA fell to conference leader Ravenscroft 56–40 on Tuesday. The Cavs fought hard, but just couldn’t go on a big enough run to challenge the offense-heavy Ravens.

Junior Alex Dunk nailed a pair of three-pointers for the Cavs, scoring eight points in all, but Harris was the main man of the night. Despite drawing a lot of defensive attention from the Ravens, Harris was able to have a productive game. He scored 24 points while shooting 50% from the field. 

The Cavs square off against NRCA tonight at 7:45 in Kirby Gym before traveling to Cary Academy for a Friday night contest.

Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls Basketball Senior Night

The DA varsity girls basketball team has extended its winning streak to six games, and now sits at 8–4 after two very exciting wins in Kirby Gym this past week. 

In Friday’s Senior Night game vs. Research Triangle High School, the Cavs got off to a slow start and found themselves trailing by six after the first quarter. However, they kicked it into gear right before halftime, going on a 19–2 run after capitalizing on Raptor turnovers. Scoring from all 10 active players allowed DA to pull away for the 70–46 win. 

Sophomore Mariam Abdelbarr led the offense, knocking down four shots from beyond the arc to finish the night with 19 points. She also had four rebounds and two steals. She was followed by sophomore Kendall Harris, who went 7-for-9 from the field for 14 points and tallied five rebounds. Eighth-grader McKenzie Graves and ninth-grader Lauren Walsh ran the point for the Cavs and finished with 12 points and five rebounds as well as 10 points and three steals, respectively. All three seniors also contributed to the team win on their Senior Night. Amelia Kass put up four points and two rebounds. MK Bryant added three points and two rebounds. Ameya Bellamkonda scored her first points of the season after sinking a long three-pointer from the corner and pulled down five big rebounds for the Cavs.

DA was back in Kirby Gym on Tuesday night for a very exciting matchup with conference rival Ravenscroft. Graves handled the ball for the Cavs and worked her way through the Ravens’ defense to put up nine of the team’s 10 first-half points. Leading by one in the third quarter, the Cavs forced a few Ravens turnovers and converted them into quick points for a small lead. However, the Ravens stayed close and cut the DA lead to two points in the final minute. Junior Brooke Epstein played a huge role in stopping the Ravens, pulling down six defensive rebounds, including the Ravens’ final attempt to tie the game. Graves led all scorers with 14 points and had three steals. Abdelbarr followed with seven points and nine rebounds. 

With the 26–24 win over Ravenscroft, the Cavs have moved into second place in the TISAC standings and remain undefeated in conference play. The Cavs are back in Kirby Gym tonight at 6:15 to face off against the conference-leading NRCA Knights.

Swimming

The DA swim team is participating in the TISAC conference meet Thursday at the Triangle Aquatic Center. We will have results posted to the DA swim team page as they are released.

Girls Swim Team

 


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.