Contributors: Bria Irizarry, Colleen Gunning and Ryan Killen
Tuesday evening in Kirby Gym was a historic one for the boys basketball program. Minutes into the second half, senior Cole Sinclair became the all-time scoring leader for Durham Academy boys basketball. Heading into the game vs. the South Wake Sabres, Sinclair needed 10 points to tie the record set by 2010 alumnus Jordan Lawson and 11 points to break the record. Sinclair’s opportunity opened up off an offensive rebound, and he was able to lay the ball up against the backboard to secure his name in the record books.
With his 12 points vs. the Sabres, Sinclair has 1,446 in his career and sole ownership of the No. 1 spot. Sinclair now holds the school record for points, games played (123) and 3-pointers made (263).
Watch Sinclair’s record-breaking play with commentary from DA play-by-play announcer Sam Datin ’21 on NFHS Network.
The Cavs fell 103–87 in their season opener on the road to conference rival Cary Academy on Friday. Cary Academy’s full-court press caused problems for the Cavs and led to an extremely fast-paced, end-to-end game. The Cavs were down by double-digit points in the third quarter until Cole Sinclair caught fire from deep to draw the Cavs back within a few.
DA continued to light up the scoreboard in the fourth, but just couldn’t get the stops needed on the defensive end, as Cary Academy seemingly could not miss from 3-point range. Sinclair led all scorers with a career high of 36 points.
On Saturday, DA responded to Friday night's defeat with an emphatic win over Providence Day School in the Cavs’ home opener. The Chargers got out to an early lead, going on a 9–1 run to gain a 10-point advantage over the Cavs in the first quarter. Senior Toby Harris went on to knock down a couple of three-pointers, as well as make a couple of blocks on the other end to bring the score within three.
The Chargers hovered around a three-point advantage for the majority of the first half until the Cavs went on a big run in the last couple of minutes to take a 35–27 lead. In the second half, Harris and Sinclair started to take over. The Cavs’ lead grew to 11 after sophomore Jayde Braswell scored three quick baskets to start the fourth. The Cavs never looked back, going on to win 69–48.
Harris was the standout performer from a statistical perspective, dominating in all facets of the game. He had 24 points, seven boards, six assists and five steals. Perhaps most impressively, Harris had no turnovers.
On Tuesday, DA defeated the South Wake Sabres 55–21 as Sinclair became the boys program’s all-time leading scorer.
Senior Henry Leasure fired up a 3-pointer that rimmed out, and Sinclair came flying in to grab the rebound. Sinclair then immediately put a shot up whilst being fouled as everyone watched the ball trickle into the net and vault Sinclair into the Durham Academy record books. It was the 1,446th point of Sinclair’s incredible 5-year basketball career here at DA.
The game started off with a flurry of points from Harris, who once again had a solid all-around game. Harris registered 13 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four blocks. Sinclair scored 12 points. With a big run early in the third quarter, the Cavs were able to rest key starters after obtaining a comfortable lead. The Cavs’ contest vs. Grace Christian, intended for Friday evening, was cancelled, so the Cavs will look ahead to next Friday, when they face Charlotte Latin on the road at 7 p.m.
The varsity girls basketball team kicked off the 2020 season last weekend, splitting games vs. Cary Academy and Providence Day. In Friday’s 43–28 win over Cary Academy, sophomore Joelle Davis led the Cavs on a 17–8 scoring run in the third quarter to pull away with the lead. Davis finished the night with 17 points and two rebounds, with 15 of her points from behind the arc. On the defensive end, constant on-ball pressure from ninth-grader Lauren Walsh forced a number of Chargers turnovers for DA to capitalize on. Walsh ended with nine points, four rebounds and two steals. Sophomores Mariam Abdelbarr and Kendall Harris pulled down five key defensive boards each, while adding seven and five points, respectively. Scores from seniors Amelia Kass, MK Bryant and junior Brooke Epstein rounded out the Cavaliers’ offense for a 15-point win over the Chargers.
The following afternoon, the Cavs were back on the court in Kirby Gym against non-conference opponent Providence Day. DA struggled to get its offense going in the first half, as a strong Providence Day team pulled ahead with a sizable lead. Trailing 39–17 at half, DA was able to find a few fast-break opportunities in the third quarter to start chipping away at the gap. Walsh led the team in scoring with 13 points and three rebounds. Eighth-grader McKenzie Graves followed her lead with nine points and three rebounds, and Davis notched eight points and two rebounds. At the other end, Harris played a big role in slowing down a tough Chargers offense. Harris pulled down 13 rebounds to stop Providence Day from second-chance looks, adding in three points and an assist. However, the Cavs were unable to recover and fell 59–36 in the end.
The 1–1 Cavs’ game vs. Grace Christian that was originally scheduled for Friday night has been canceled. The next DA matchup is next Friday vs. Charlotte Latin at 5 p.m.
The varsity boys swim team defeated Wake Christian 81–5 last Thursday, but lost to Cary Academy 77–17. There were no first-place finishes for boys swimming, but there were a trio of second-place finishes. Eighth-grader Bennett Harris finished as the runner-up in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, while junior Stewart Roessler finished second in the 100 backstroke.
Varsity girls swimming had a 1–1 split as well. DA defeated Wake Christian 71–16 but fell to Cary Academy 71–20. Sophomore Spencer Jennings won the 50 freestyle while taking second in the 100 backstroke. Ninth-grader Riley Kim and eighth-grader Audrey Crowder finished second in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, respectively.
The meet vs. Ravenscroft that was originally scheduled for Tuesday had to be postponed, but the Cavaliers will be back in the pool on Jan. 7, when they face the Knights of North Raleigh Christian Academy.
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.