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Cavs Corner: Boys Hoops Looks to Advance to First State Final Since 1977

BY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ANDY POGACH AND ATHLETICS INTERNS COLLEEN GUNNING AND RYAN KILLEN 
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The intersection of two athletic seasons is always a busy time, but with our boys basketball team in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament Final Four, the excitement from our students is at an all-time high. While the hoops team is practicing for Friday afternoon’s semifinal game, our eight spring sports teams are off and running. Congratulations are in order to girls basketball coach Nikki Graves and her team, who concluded an amazing season on Thursday. The girls season came to a close in the second round of the state tournament as No. 6-seeded Ravenscroft defeated the Cavs for the third time this year. This young group will be back next year with big aspirations. 

All of our spring teams will be previewed in upcoming editions of Cavs Corner.

Varsity Boys Basketball

It's a return trip for coach Tim McKenna’s squad to the NCISAA 4A Final Four, as the DA boys basketball team will play in the state semifinals Friday in Charlotte. The top-seeded, 28–4 Cavaliers took down No. 8 seed Providence Day 70–41 Saturday in Kirby Gym. A 10–0 start followed by a 23–0 end to the first half had DA up 40–8 at the break. This long run included holding the Chargers scoreless in the second period. 

Four Cavaliers scored in double figures, led by junior Cole Sinclair, who scored 14. Junior Toby Harris and senior Christopher Chaves each had 13, with Chaves continuing his impressive shooting streak from long range. He has hit the last 12 3-pointers he has taken, dating back five games. Junior Brent Randleman had 12 points, his 10th straight game scoring at least 10 points. Senior Davis Beischer added 10 rebounds, while sophomore Nik Graves contributed 8 points and eight assists. 

The well-balanced DA team will play a Charlotte Latin team that is very similar on Friday in the semis. The 21–7 Hawks are led by Holy Cross signee RJ Johnson, who scored 20 vs. DA in the teams’ meeting in December. While the Cavs won that game by 10, a lot more is at stake Friday with a trip to the state championship on the line. If the Cavs advance, it will be the DA boys’ first time in the state finals since DA won the championship in 1977. 

Friday’s game will be played at 4:30 p.m. at Providence Day, while Saturday’s championship will be played at Charlotte Latin at noon. Durham Academy and the Parents Athletic Committee will pay the admission fee for all current DA students to both games. DA Upper School students should check their email for information about a student fan bus for Saturday’s game. There will be a tailgate from 11–11:30 a.m. Saturday at Latin for all Cavaliers fans if the Cavs are in the state finals. Please stay tuned to our Twitter and Instagram accounts for more info. We hope to see you in Charlotte!

Varsity Girls Basketball

A great season has come to an end for the girls varsity basketball team after a nail-biting final few minutes vs. Ravenscroft on Thursday. The Ravens got the first jump on the lead, but the Cavs’ lockdown defense kept the score close. Ninth-grader Joelle Davis led the offense, hitting four crucial 3-pointers to finish with 17 points, two rebounds and two steals. The Cavs were able to tie the game right before halftime with scores from all eight active players. 

High second-half energy allowed the Cavs to run with the lead for a stretch of time. Ninth-grader Mariam Abdelbarr and junior Amelia Kass were not afraid to drive the lane through traffic for Cav points late in the second half. Abdelbarr found the hoop for 7 points, one rebound and one steal, while Kass added 4 points, two rebounds and an assist. It came down to the wire in the final minute of the game after the Ravens closed the gap and took a 2-point lead. The Cavs got up a last second 3-pointer with contact, but the shot rolled in and out. The Cavs played an incredible game against the 2019 state runner-up Ravenscroft and finished the season strong, despite the 41–39 loss to Ravenscroft. 



Varsity Awards Assembly

Please don’t forget that our winter varsity awards assembly will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Brumley Performing Arts Building on the Lower School campus. All varsity winter athletes and their families are invited to celebrate our teams. Light refreshments will be served.



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.