By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
There is a buzz around campus as the boys basketball team has advanced to the Final Four for the first time in 13 years. The 28–3 Durham Academy boys defeated conference rival Ravenscroft School in front of a packed house in Kirby Gym on Saturday afternoon. The girls team had an impressive upset win at Charlotte Latin School on Feb. 14 before having their season end Saturday afternoon at Ravenscroft. While the boys hoops team will be practicing this week, our spring sports have started as well. Our first spring event will be Feb. 28 when our baseball team hosts Charlotte Latin.
It was as close to a sellout as Kirby Gym could get on Saturday as the third meeting between the DA boys and Ravenscroft had a state semifinal berth on the line. The 18–12 Ravens came into the game having already played two games in the prior four days, while the Cavs were fresh after receiving a double-bye to the quarterfinals. The Cavaliers immediately jumped on the Ravens, with the score 12–2 just a few minutes in. DA shot 9–13 from the field in the opening period and led 24–7. It was 32–17 late in the second period when the Randleman brothers took over. Senior Bryant and sophomore Brent combined for the next 10 DA points, and after a 63 percent shooting half, the Cavs led 44–19.
While the Ravens scored on their first three possessions of the second half, the Cavaliers were able to right the ship and cruise to a 75–50 win. Ninth-grader MJ Rice led the Cavs with 21 points, while the elder Randleman added 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Rice and Randleman were each 8–13 from the field. Sophomore Cole Sinclair chipped in 16 points on 5–9 from the field.
The Cavaliers, ranked second in the latest Phenom Hoop Report statewide private school poll and ranked fifth in the HighSchoolOT Eastern North Carolina poll, will travel to Ravenscroft on Friday at 5 p.m. to battle No. 2-seeded Greensboro Day School in the state semifinals. The defending state champion Bengals are 28–5 and feature a loaded sophomore class. Saturday’s win for the Cavs was their first state tournament victory since 2006 and broke a six-game tournament losing streak for DA. Thank you to the 150-plus students who came out to create an incredible home court advantage. We hope you can make your way to Raleigh for the semifinals. If the Cavaliers advance, the state championship game will be Saturday at 6 p.m. at Ravenscroft vs. the winner of Charlotte Latin and Christ School matchup.
Highlights of Saturday's DA boys 75-50 win over Ravenscroft in the state quarterfinals. Cavs will battle the defending state champs Greensboro Day next Friday night- 8 pm at Ravenscroft in the state semis @highschoolot @OakHoop @Phenom_Hoops pic.twitter.com/TBLCGHofAh— DA Athletics (@daathletics) February 17, 2019
The DA girls saved their best basketball for the end of the year, as they went to Charlotte on Feb. 14 and defeated No. 6 seed Charlotte Latin 49–48 in overtime for their second state tournament win in three days. Senior Imani Spence had 17 points and 17 rebounds and put the team on her back in the second half and through overtime. Ninth-grader Joelle Davis had all 19 of her points in the first half, as her five 3-pointers, including a first-period half-court buzzer-beater, kept the Cavs neck-and-neck with the Hawks. Spence tied the game late in regulation with a free throw and then scored two layups to start overtime to put the Cavs up for good.
After a Hawks 3-pointer cut the DA lead to 1, senior Jenny Drury scored on a driving layup for a 49–46 lead. Latin scored a 2-pointer as time expired, and the Cavs hung on to win by 1. Two days later, DA went to Ravenscroft to face the No. 3 seed Ravens. The game went back and forth for the first 15 minutes, but the Ravens scored two late second-period hoops to take a 4-point halftime lead. Ravenscroft pulled away in the second half for a 49–38 win. Davis had 19 to lead the Cavs, while Drury added 9. The Cavaliers finished the season 14–13.
The DA girls season comes to a close as they fall 49-38 at Ravenscroft this afternoon. Joelle Davis led the way with 19 points and Jenny Drury added 9 @highschoolot @ncisaa_carter @durhamacademy pic.twitter.com/lOEMRFAdpY— DA Athletics (@daathletics) February 16, 2019
Winter Varsity Awards Program
Please remember that our winter varsity awards program will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Brumley Auditorium on the Lower School campus.
Keeping up with the Cavs
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: www.da.org/athletics: Schedules and Results
- 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.
- For a recap of athletics results and scores, visit www.da.org/scoreboard.
- 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.