Cavs Corner: Hoops teams off to a hot start
Posted 11/16/2017 04:16PM

 By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
Twitter: @daathletics
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Both varsity basketball teams are off to great starts for the 2017-2018 season. The boys team is 3-1 and the girls are 2-1 heading into Friday night’s showdown with Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School from Georgia. In this week’s Cavs Corner, we recap our varsity hoops teams’ performances in last weekend’s North Raleigh Christian Academy Pre-Season Shootout and Tuesday night’s rivalry games vs. Jordan High School. Stay tuned for a preview of our swim teams coming up in a future edition of Cavs Corner.  


Boys Hoops Improves to 3-1

The DA boys split a pair of games last weekend in Raleigh, taking a 68-61 win over Hickory Grove Christian School and falling 54-49 to Southlake Christian Academy. In Friday’s win over the Lions, the Cavs had to rally from a 7-point deficit to eventually hold on for the win. A halftime buzzer-beating 3-pointer by junior Michael Savarino (13 points, 4 rebounds) and a third-quarter buzzer-beating 3 by junior Bryant Randleman (20 points, 6 rebounds) were huge momentum buckets for the Cavs. Seniors Charlie Mendys (16 points) and Tyler Carpenter (11 points, 5 rebounds) also scored in double figures for DA.

In Saturday’s loss to the Eagles, the Cavs played strong first-half defense en route to a 25-16 halftime lead. Unfortunately, Southlake scored the first 12 points of the second half and used hot second-half shooting to hand the Cavs their first loss of the year. Randleman led the Cavs with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, while Mendys (11 points, 7 rebounds) and ninth-grader Cole Sinclair (10 points) scored in double figures.

On Tuesday night, the Cavs hosted cross-town rival Jordan High School in Kirby Gym. The DA boys continued their dominance over the local public schools with a 64-54 win over the Falcons.  Overall, the Cavs have won five consecutive games against Durham Public Schools teams. Savarino shook off an 0-4 start from the field and scored all of his team-high 19 points in the second half, including going 5-5 from 3-point range as the Cavs broke open a tight game. DA was 12-24 from 3 including 6-9 in the second half as Mendys had another solid game with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Senior Jack McCallie had a strong outing with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The boys team comes in 25th in the News & Observer poll of high school teams in the Raleigh area. 

Girls Hoops Battles Jordan in First Loss of the Season

While the boys team was tangling with Jordan in Kirby Gym on Tuesday, Krista Gingrich-White and her varsity girls team played the Lady Falcons four miles down the road at Jordan. The DA girls could not keep up with the firepower of the 10th-ranked Falcons in an 82-65 loss. Senior Izzy Strigel returned from a one-game absence due to injury with 29 points, including 13-14 from the line to lead the Cavs. Junior Imani Spence had a monster game with 5 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals. Sophomore Claire Middleton scored 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Senior Erin Dilweg chipped in with 9 points and 3 steals.

Playing without Strigel on Friday night against a strong Hickory Grove team, it was Dilweg who stepped up to lead the Cavs with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a 49-33 win. Trailing by 2 early in the second half, the Cavs would go on a 23-4 run to pull away with the victory. Fellow senior Nicole Riepl hit four 3-pointers en route to 14 points, while Spence had 7 points and 10 boards. 

Rabun Gap Invades Kirby on Friday

The Eagles from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia travel to Durham on Friday night to battle the Cavaliers. The girls will tip off at 5:30 p.m., and the boys follow at 7. Both games can be seen on livestream.

While Rabun Gap is located in Georgia, the Eagles compete in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletics Association, and Friday’s games will be huge for both Cavaliers teams. The Rabun Gap girls are a perennial state power and went to the final four a year ago. The Rabun Gap boys just missed out on the 2017 state tournament and will present a strong test to the Cavaliers boys. We hope that you can come out and pack Kirby Gym to support the Cavs!

Thank you to everyone who bought T-shirts to be worn at the game in support of Bundle Up Durham — an organization started by DA Upper School students — to raise funds for purchasing winter coats for children in need. Children’s coats will be collected in Kirby Gym on Friday night, so if you haven’t already, please bring in any donations. 


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

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.

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