Fastbreak CityPublished 4:55pm Thursday, February 21, 2013
ROBERSONVILLE — The Los Angeles Clippers may own the rights to “Lob City” but “Fastbreak City” is all Plymouth.
The Vikings put on a fastbreak clinic during Wednesday’s Four Rivers Conference tournament semifinal matchup with Southside as they ran the floor like the Showtime Lakers during their 92-48 victory.
Plymouth, the No. 1 seed in the tourney and the No. 3 ranked team in the state according to MaxPreps.com, put on an exhibition in transition, showing the willingness to play defense and make the extra pass, while flawlessly finishing its breaks.
“One of the things we talk about all the time is playing team ball,” Plymouth coach Marvin Davenport said. “Before we look for our own shot we look for a teammate and this is something we’ve been doing all season and something we want to continue doing.”
Winning is also something the Vikings have been doing all year and with their victory over the fourth-seeded Seahawks they head into the tourney title game with a perfect 22-0 record. A 22-game winning streak tends to draw attention but Davenport said his team is solely focused on getting back to the NCHSAA 1-A state title game.
“There’s a lot of distractions out here but one thing that we’ve been talking about all along is that it’s not how you start it’s how you finish,” Davenport said. “At this point in time nobody cares whether we’re undefeated or not or how many games we’ve won. It’s win and move on or lose and go home.”
The Vikings jumped on Southside early taking a 17-6 first quarter lead which matriculated into a 43-23 halftime advantage.
The duo of junior G/F Adrian Moore and senior guard Carl McCray was sensational as they both came up big on the defensive end and were nearly impossible to stop in transition.
Moore led all scorers with 27 points as he converted deep three-pointers and scored on the run, while McCray attacked the basket and shrugged off some hard fouls to tally 21. With a 73-35 lead heading into the fourth, neither player stepped on the court in the final eight minutes.
“I can’t say enough about those two young men, they were great tonight,” Davenport said.
Southside got a spirited effort from sophomore point guard Donshae Miller who scored a team-high 18 points, while big brother Rokeem Miller tallied 10.
The Seahawks lost both their regular season matchups with Plymouth, but both games were more competitive than the third. After the game, Southside coach Sean White was disappointed with his team’s lack of fire.
“Tonight it was just like we weren’t there,” White said. “Our team didn’t look like the same team that’s been playing. We weren’t hustling on the floor, we weren’t making shots and that’s basically it. You have to be on top of your game against those guys.”
Southside 6 17 12 13 — 48
Plymouth 17 26 30 19 — 92
Donshae Miller 18, Rokeem Miller 10, Murray 2, Collins 5, Whicard 6, Hardy 1, Moore 6.
Kendrick Pitt 10, Adrian Moore 27, Carl McCray 22, Holloway 3, Ferebee 6, Bonds 2, Dance 5, Sharpe 5, Pinner 8.