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Cramer beats North Gaston falls to Ashbrook

Jan 16, 2020 10:59AM

by John Wilson

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Coming off of a successful holiday break, the Stuart Cramer Storm basketball team jumped back into Big South 3A Conference action.

Last week’s games can be summed up as the best of times and the worst of times. 

On Tuesday night the Storm was able to overcome some players being out sick, yet still, the team played well enough to beat the North Gaston Wildcats 66-43.

In Friday’s  game, almost everything went wrong as Cramer fell to Ashbrook 72-42.

In Tuesday night’s game against the Wildcats, North Gaston came looking to win.

The Wildcats aggressively tried to limit the Storm offense, but Cramer still controlled most of the first half action going into the locker room with a 23-15 lead.

In the second half, Cramer was able to pick up the pace scoring 16 points in the third period and 27 in the fourth. North Gaston attempted a late rally but the Cramer defense and transition game stiffed that.

“North Gaston came into the game with a good game plan to slow down our top scorers,” head coach Brad Sloan said.  “We also had some guys sick which didn’t help. Fortunately, we were able to pull away late through our defense and transition game.”

Derek Bradley was Cramer’s top scorer with 15 points while Brenton Elliott and Tyrese Jefferies both had 12.

Under the boards, Bryce Lee delivered by pulling down 11 rebounds.

After the big win against the Wildcats, the Storm faced Ashbrook in another Big South 3A showdown.

Cramer opened up the game strong leading 15-12 at the end of the first period. After that, the bottom fell out.

The Greenwave out hustled the Storm in the second period and went into halftime up 30-23. 

In the second half, the Greenwave kept rolling. Ashbrook was able to dominate in the remaining two periods to come away with the win.

Cramer’s top performers were Derek Bradley and Brenton Elliott. Both players scored 10 points.

“We really needed to get a win in the conference,” coach Sloan stressed. “The Big South is a very tough conference with some good coaches so it’s always difficult to get any win in the conference.  You have to bring your A-game every night.”

Cramer is now 8-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play. 

The road ahead doesn’t get any easier for the Storm. To be competitive in the Big South the Storm players will need to heed their coach’s advice and bring their “A-game”. 

This week Cramer will face the 12-2 Hunter Huss Huskies on Friday night.

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