Phillips, Commodores too much for Sundevils
Romelo Styles, recruit757
A 6p.m. tip-off was called for this matchup between the Maury Commodores and Salem Sundevils, due to the probability of a heavy snowstorm that was on its way to the Hampton Roads area. What many did not know that there was already a storm in the Sun Devils gym that no one was ready for?
Salem’s Brandon Mitchell took control for most of the first quarter using his size, and length to move through Maury’s defense.
The high-powered backcourt of Chase Coleman and Bryan Phillips for the Commodores just did not seem to be clicking in this quarter. Maury seemed to struggle in many areas, as they played the Sun Devils game and not theirs, resulting in a one-point lead for Salem at the end of the first quarter.
Phillips would go scoreless in this first half, while Coleman passing was the only bright spot for Maury bringing them back in the game.
Salem guard Jonathan Norfleet began to find a rhythm towards the end of the quarter, finishing the half with five points. Mitchell led Salem with seven points. Coleman led Maury with eight points and three assists. Salem held a two-point lead at the half.
The storm began as soon as the first second ticked off the clock in the beginning of the second half. Phillips came out aggressive, Phillips while on the other side of the court Norfleet continued his damage from the first half.
The pair battled for a pair of possessions, but it did not end until Norfleet scored on a huge dunk. At the end of the third quarter, Salem held a one-point lead.
The intensity of this game did not go down as neither team was able to take control of the game.
Maury came out on a 10-0 run, which put them in the lead with five minutes to play, 51-42. Norfleet and Ray Ward would both nail three-pointers to end Maury’s run, but Salem was still down 57-48 with 3:29 left on the clock.
Salem kept chopping at the lead as they got as close as 4 points away. The clock seemed to kill the Sun Devils comeback as the clock fell under a minute they were forced to foul, and unfortunately for Salem, the Commodores would hit the majority of their free throws to close this game out, taking home a 67-61 win.
Phillips scored all 18 of his points in the second half. His backcourt mate, Coleman, would add 12 points and 7 assists. Matthew Mensia also had a good game for the Commodores as he put up 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Norfleet finished with 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Mitchell added his 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ward piled on top a 12 point night in a losing effort.