After an overtime win by the Indians in January that might’ve been a surprise to most except those in Gaffney, the Dorman Cavaliers got its second shot at the Indians on Tuesday night in Roebuck. In a slugfest of a game, the Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to take a 69-59 win. Here are my biggest takeaways from the game.
1-On Tuesday night at Dorman Arena, it almost felt like a waiting game for the Cavaliers. Yes, Gaffney provided many tense moments throughout the game as the Indians continued to hit impressive shots. However, there was never really a stretch where the Indians were able to consistently get stops on defensive or rebound effectively. As long as Dorman continued to get offensive rebounds and convert on nearly every possession, it could wait out Gaffney’s electric shooting. The Indians fizzled out in the fourth quarter, and it was a wrap.
2-Senior guard Christian Andrews led Dorman in scoring with 21 points, and a majority of the output coming in the fourth quarter. Andrew poured in 13 points in the final period and hit the key free throws that put the win on ice. Junior forward Keenan Arcega-Whiteside was the most consistent Cavalier threat over the 32 minutes, scoring 18 points and dominating the glass on both ends of the floor.
3-Credit to Gaffney, its shooting kept them in this game for a long time. In the first half, seven of the Indians ten makes from the field were three-pointers and the team ended up with ten three-point field goals in the game. Where Gaffney ran into trouble was that it wasn’t able to play its forwards for most of the game for a variety of reasons, and the mismatches created in the frontcourt heavily skewed to Dorman and it showed in the rebounding battle. The third quarter fight the Indians showed in a hostile environment made things uneasy for the Cavaliers most of the night.
4-Markell Hollis and Judd Price carried Gaffney on the offensive end. The pair combined to score 46 of the Indians 59 total points, Hollis with 25 and four three-pointers and Price scoring 21 with four deep hits off the bench as well. Rickey LittleJohn scored 6 points in the first half but was held empty after halftime, and Kaleb Phillips hit a garbage-time three pointer for the only other points scored by Gaffney starters.
5-With the win, Dorman splits the season series with Gaffney and sets up a possible tiebreaker scenario should Byrnes beat the Indians and Dorman beats Spartanburg on Friday night. The Rebels clinch the outright region championship with a Gaffney loss, and the Cavaliers keep hopes alive for a possible first round home playoff game but need help in the tiebreakers.