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Dorman Invitational Recap

High school hoops season has gotten into full swing with several local teams hosting their annual weekend showcases. Saturday at Dorman Arena, the Cavaliers played host to themselves and 7 other teams from both North and South Carolina. 


The final 3 games of the day featured 3 of our local 5A squads in action, starting off with Spartanburg taking on Liberty. 


The Vikings came into the game 1-1 on the season (not counting the 2 tournament games they played against Wren and Carolina Academy during Thanksgiving week)  with a 69-58 loss to TL Hanna in their opener and a dominant 80-26 win over Broome earlier this week. To make a long story slightly shorter, the Vikings did not miss a beat from that win over Broome. 


They came out shooting aggressively in this game, showing that they are not afraid to shoot the 3 when you give them a look, no matter where they are around the arch. The Vikings set the tone, starting 4 for their first 5, all for 3s. Despite that, Liberty was able to hang around for a while thanks to the shooting prowess of their big body #21. But, things quickly got away in the waning minutes of the 2nd quarter when Spartanburg Forward Shrawmaine Carson went on an absolute tear, going 5-5 from the field with 4 of those 5 baskets coming via slam dunk. Up to that point, the Vikings were being limited as far as the number of shots they took, but when they did put it up, they were effective, going 5-7 from 3 point range in the frame, which combined with Carson’s run, gave the Vikes a 56-29 cushion at the break. 


Spartanburg continued to be effective on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half, outscoring Liberty 37-23 to roll to a 93-52 win. Dyllan Harris led the way with 19 points while Shrawmaine Carson and Zeke Bell-Boyd tallied 14 points each. Johnston Abrams and Logan Norton also both finished in double digits with 12 each, while Dashawn Byrd logged 10 points. 


The Vikings, now sitting at 2-1, will take on Westside Tuesday night at Viking Arena. 


Dorman took on Sumter in the 3rd game of the day (2nd of local relevance).The Cavaliers came in at 2-0 (not accounting for tournament games pre-season) with a dominant 73-36 win over Rock Hill and hard-fought 52-45 victory over TL Hanna. That is certainly not a bad start for a team that lost so much talent during the offseason. 


But, ask Coach Thomas Ryan and he would tell you that what you did last game and your circumstances do not matter. You have to take things a game at a time. If you’re Dorman, you could not ask for a better showing than what they got against the Sumter Gamecocks, despite the sluggish start that didn’t see the Cavaliers make their first basket until about 3 minutes in. 


A big help for the Cavs was getting Christian Andrews back from injury. This was his 2nd game this season, and he absolutely showed out. The senior Guard led all Dorman scorers with 18 points, going 2-5 from three point range and a perfect 3 for 3 from the floor. He was also 4-5 from the freethrow line. His fellow senior guard named Christian – Christian Gentry – was equally impressive, logging 12 points on 4-5 shooting and a solid 4 of 7 effort at the charity stripe. 


This game was ultimately decided in a dominant 2nd quarter for the Cavaliers defensively, as they forced several turnovers and held the Gamecocks to just 4 points on 2 for 12 shooting as a team. Dorman, on the other hand, logged 19 points in the frame to take a three touchdown lead (35-14) to the intermission. 


The Cavs went on to outscore Sumter 40-27 to run away with a 75-41 victory to remain undefeated, and now turn their attention to a Tuesday road trip to Blacksburg to take on the Wildcats. 


The Byrnes Runnin’ Rebels closed things out for the day with a battle against the Asheville School (NC) Blues. Byrnes started the season 2-0, opening this past Tuesday with an 85-81 overtime win over Mauldin and following it up with a 73-59 victory over Daniel Thursday night. 


The Rebels got a huge piece back from injury in Will Fowler, who suffered an injury almost a year ago that sidelined him for the season. So far, it looks as if he has not missed a beat. 


He was instrumental in Saturday’s game for the Rebs, breaking into double figures in the first quarter. 


This game, like most of the battles today, was controlled nearly wire-to-wire by the Rebels despite also getting off to a slow start shooting the ball. Their first points came at the freethrow line via Will Fowler, who proceeded to take off from there. Fowler finished the opening stanza 4-5 shooting – 3 for 4 from the field with a three made in his lone attempt. He went a perfect 4-4 shooting in the 2nd quarter, tallying 3 more 2 pointers and a 3. He ended the night a perfect 2-2 from beyond the arch and 7 of 8 from the floor with a team-leading 23 points. 


Senior Conner Page was the 2nd leading scorer with 13 points on 4-5 shooting the ball and a perfect 4-4 at the line. Senior Kayzzin McDowell was the lone other Rebel in double figures, tallying 10 points on a 4-9 effort (2-6 from three, 2-3 from the field. 


Perhaps the most impressive part of the Rebels’ 87-51 win was the play of the 5’ 9” 13 pound Freshman Colt Fowler. While he did not take a shot until the 2nd quarter and got off to a slow start, he just missed being the 4th Byrnes player in double figures with 9 points, going 3-3 from the floor and splitting his 2 3 point attempts. 


The still-undefeated Rebels will now set their sights on an interesting battle on Tuesday as they take on Greer at Schofield Gymnasium.

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