2018-01-26 / Sports

Cardinals grind out win against Hammond

By Tim Gochnaur


CN’s Chico Carter Jr. takes a shot against Hammond. 
Photo by Perry McLeod CN’s Chico Carter Jr. takes a shot against Hammond. Photo by Perry McLeod Cardinal Newman junior guard Chico Carter Jr. put up his game-high 17 points in the second half outscoring the 14 points Hammond put up as a team. He led the Cardinals on a 15-0 run to start the second half as the Cardinals cruised to a 47-28 win over the Hammond Skyhawks in a SCISA Region I- 3A boys’ basketball game Tuesday night, January 23 at Hammond School in Columbia.

The win advances the Cardinals, under head coach Philip Deter, to an 18-4 overall record and 5-0 in region play. Cardinal Newman is 8-0 in games on the road this season. Coach David Ross’s Skyhawks fall to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the region.

Hammond got off to a slow start trying to keep the pace to half-court offensive sets. The first quarter ended with the Cardinals holding a 6-0 lead, courtesy of two threes, one each from Shane O’Connor and Joshua Beadle.


Cardinal Newman’s Patrick Reedy gets a rebound in front of Hammond’s Cleo Canty. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Cardinal Newman’s Patrick Reedy gets a rebound in front of Hammond’s Cleo Canty. Photo by Perry McLeod The pace picked up a bit in the second quarter. Jordan Burch got Hammond on the board with a free throw at the 7:43 mark, and the teams went into halftime tied 14-14.

The Cardinals came out on a 15-0 run to start the third quarter and never looked back. Deter said the halftime message was pretty simple

“We preach defense,” the coach said. “You get stops; you come out and let’s go. You guys are great in transition; if we can’t find it, we will try to run something. If we get stops and rebounds, we are a lot better basketball team, and that is how we got that run. A couple of stops, a couple of baskets, a couple for Chico in the middle, and things are rolling. But it all starts on the defensive end.

“ We are not very good in the half court trying to run sets; that is just not our game. We are working on that. They (Hammond) are better at that. Coach Ross is a great coach and is going to have them ready to go, but once we get stops and get going, this is what happens.”

The Cardinals sit in the drivers’ seat in the region, and that looks like a comfortable place for Deter and his Redbirds.

“It gives you a little elbow room,” the coach said. “We have Heathwood Friday night and Ben Lippen on Tuesday. We came off a week where we travelled all over and played four games. But now to stay home and recuperate, we had a good practice yesterday and to come out and get the win, that is the big thing.”

Hammond hosts Heathwood Hall next Tuesday night.

CN: Chico Carter Jr 17, Joshua Beadle 9, Shane O’Connor 6, Brandon Pirie 6, Patrick Reedy 5, and Daniel Dunlap 5. H: Trent Green 9, Lucas Prickett 7, Jordan Burch 5, Cleo Canty 5, Isaiah Washington 2, and Austin Prickett 1.

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