BY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ANDY POGACH AND ATHLETICS INTERNS COLLEEN GUNNING AND RYAN KILLEN
It’s Ravenscroft week as both the boys and girls hoops teams will host the Ravens on Friday night in Kirby Gym. Both games will have an impact on the TISAC standings, as the girls look to get back on the winning track against last year’s state finalist and the boys hope to claim sole possession of first place in the conference with a win.
The swim team is on the road this afternoon at St. Mary’s to swim against the Saints and Ravenscroft. We will have full coverage and results of this meet in next week’s Cavs Corner. Speaking of swimming, the AquaCavs’ lone home meet is next Thursday at Campus Hills Pool in Durham. Please consider coming out to support the swimmers and their four seniors on their senior night.
Varsity Boys Basketball
The DA boys basketball team enters Friday night’s showdown with Ravenscroft at 1–0 in TISAC play and 17–4 overall. The Cavs currently own a two-game win streak over the Ravens, the first winning streak of any length in well over a decade. After having lost 27 of 28 games to the Ravens, the Cavs took two home victories over their rivals late last year, including a 75–50 win to advance to the final four.
On Tuesday night, the boys team opened 2020 with a 74–50 win over North Raleigh Christian. Juniors Cole Sinclair (23 points), Toby Harris (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Brent Randleman (11 points and eight rebounds) led the way, while sophomore Nik Graves had another complete performance with 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. The win comes on the heels of a 3–3 performance over winter break, including a second-place finish in the Hilton Head Island Seahawk Classic and a 1–2 record in the prestigious John Wall Holiday Invitational in Raleigh.
In Hilton Head, sophomore MJ Rice scored a career-high 32 points in a win over Ferguson High School of Miami, while Harris had 15 in a win over Greenbrier East of West Virginia. In the championship game, Sinclair became the school’s all-time three-point field goal leader as his nine three’s kept the Cavs in the game against a hot-shooting Archbishop Alter squad from Ohio. The Archbishop Alter Knights were 16–21 from three in taking the win.
The Cavs had an incredible experience at the John Wall Holiday Invitational as they opened the event against the nation’s number one team, Montverde Academy of Florida. Despite trailing by just three with nine minutes in, the Cavs could not keep up with the size, speed, strength and talent of the Eagles. Harris finished with a game-high 19 points. Just 16 hours later, the boys team rebounded with a nine point win over Greenfield School from Wilson, last year’s NCISAA 1A state champs. Sinclair was 7–7 from the field in the second half to lead all scorers with 27, while Harris had 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. In the tournament finale, the Cavs fell into an early hole and lost to Apex Friendship. Graves was a spark for DA with his 13 points and eight assists.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The DA girls basketball team is back in Kirby this week after going 1–1 in the She Got Game Classic in Charlotte over the break. The Cavs were able to hold off Cape Coral High School of Florida in a 43–41 win that came down to the final minute, but fell to Clinton High School of South Carolina 34–21 in the next game as the Cavs shots were not dropping.
Tuesday night kicked off the start of conference play for the Cavs as they faced off against the defending state champions NRCA in a tough matchup. The Cavs showed strength in the first half and stayed competitive with the Knights for three full quarters. After a number of lead changes, NRCA was able to capitalize on a few DA turnovers in the fourth and pull ahead. Senior Claire Middleton was a strong force under the hoop for the Cavs defense against the tall NRCA offense, finishing with two points and five key rebounds. Four three's from ninth-grader Joelle Davis gave the Cavs a boost on offense when they needed it to stay close with the Knights. Davis finished the night leading the team in scoring with 14 points, five rebounds and a steal. Seventh-grader McKenzie Graves and ninth-grader Miriam Abdelbarr also helped run the offense, contributing eight points, three rebounds and five points, two rebounds, respectively. The Cavs ultimately fell to the Knights 46–33 late in the game and moved to 7–8 on the season heading into tomorrow’s matchup against Ravenscroft.
The varsity swim teams are back in action this afternoon at St. Mary’s school in Raleigh. The AquaCavs girls will battle the Saints while both teams will face off against Ravenscroft. Please check next week’s Cavs Corner for the final meet scores as well as DA’s top finishers in each event. We will also preview next Thursday’s home meet against Greensboro Day.
The 2020 spring sports schedules are now posted at da.org/athletics. Varsity programs will begin practice Feb. 12 to 17, while most JV and Middle School teams will start on Feb. 24. Please check the website for each team’s individual start date.
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.