April 16th PETERSBURG VA - Playing their second home game ever, the Revolution continued to point out why the City of Petersburg now has itself a basketball team. And the high-powered Minor League team did so with explosive team plays, big dunks and eight players scoring in the double digits in its 141-91 trouncing of the Carolina MPact. That puts the Revolution up 4-1 in their inaugural season. Petersburg currently holds first place in the East Coast Basketball League Northern Division. They will head to Falling Creek (417 Hood St, Rockingham, NC) on Sunday, April 17 for a 5 p.m. matchup against the Fayetteville Crossover, who last year played in the ECBL championship game against the eventual winners, the PrimeTime Players. "We have to make sure we have our heads on straight and we're focused and ready to play basketball, because it's going to be a fight," Revolution head coach Kyle Dixon said of their upcoming matchup against Fayetteville. Tyree Desmore led a balanced attack by the Revolution with 15 points, followed by Deshon Dabbs and P.J. Torres with 13 points apiece, William Mackey with 12, A.J. Brown, Reggie Cherry and Cedric Kwindja with 11 apiece and Lorenzo Bailey with 10. "We came out to a great start - they kind of got back on us but we kind of got our stuff together, was able to regroup ... we pulled through," Desmore said. "They preach intensity a lot here, and when we feel like it's down, put another group in, we come with that energy, hopefully pick the other group back up - we just feed off each other's energy." While the MPact put together a couple of strong scoring runs during the game, the Revolution fought hard throughout the contest with their multiple go-to players enabling them to rocket away from Carolina in the second half. Even when leading by 30 and 40, the home team played as if they were fighting for the lead on every possession. "Even at the end of the game when we put the last group in - we already had a comfortable lead - we still picked it up like we were down 50," Desmore said. "We never let up." Following a timeout with Petersburg leading 20-10- and James Shambley capping off the home team's nine-point run on two free-throws to open the game - Carolina rallied to trail 20-24 with less than two minutes left in the first quarter. But the Revolution, hit their stride in the second, with David Early bringing the one-armed dunk, Daniel Eacho tipping it in for two and Desmore sailing to the basket off of a Revolution takeaway. Dabbs took a jumping grab to the house for the monster dunk in the second, and Bailey and Tommie Starks swished the ball through the net on the free-throws as the Revolution established command on a 64-48 first half. And they wouldn't let go, taking off on nine straight points in the third quarter with Earl Gee II dashing to the net for back-to-back layups. The Revolution went up 103-67 after 36 minutes of regulation, with Darnell Jenkins slamming the ball through the hoop near the end of the third. Mackey sank points 99, 100 and 101 on the three-pointer. Despite the loss, Desi Crisp had a stellar game for the MPact, leading all players in the contest with 31 points. The MPact came into Saturday's game at the Rock Church of Petersburg with zero wins and three losses to start the season. But to Dixon and the Revolution, their opponent's record did not matter. "I actually didn't know what their record was ... that's the thing, I don't want to know what their record is," Dixon said. "I just know that they're our opponent for this week and we need to be very aggressive in how we approach the game, because if we go there thinking 'Oh, they're 0-3,' we're going to take the game lightly. That's not what we're about. We're about facing every person that we play with our best, giving our best effort every time." While the Revolution did beat Carolina by 50, Desmore and Dixon both noted how they didn't achieve their goal of holding the opponent to 80 points or less. "Our goal every game is to keep the opponents to 20 points (or less) per quarter, and our goal is to score at least 30 per quarter," Dixon said. "As you can see, we fell short by 11." In order for his team to beat Fayetteville, Dixon pointed to defense. "A lot of guys got a little frustrated today, so what we need to do is clean up those problem areas," Dixon said. "I think they got frustrated because of the turnovers that we were having, so we clean up those problem areas, then it'll bring the comfort up and the turnovers down. Take care of the basketball and defend - you've got to be able to defend. That's the biggest thing - we have to defend." Following Sunday's game, the Revolution will then rematch the Crossover at home on Saturday, April 23, 3 p.m. at Rock Church of Petersburg (2301 County Dr., Petersburg).
PrimeTime Players traveled to Anson High School to take on the Charlotte Bulls who were hosting their first-ever ECBL home game this past Saturday. Both teams came out slow in the first period before Charlotte was able to hit four straight three point baskets over the last two minutes of the first quarter to take a 22-18 lead at the end of the quarter. The second quarter the combination of Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) and Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charle... [read more]
PrimeTime Players traveled to Anson High School to take on the Charlotte Bulls who were hosting their first-ever ECBL home game this past Saturday.
Both teams came out slow in the first period before Charlotte was able to hit four straight three point baskets over the last two minutes of the first quarter to take a 22-18 lead at the end of the quarter. The second quarter the combination of Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) and Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) combined for 23 points as it looked as if PrimeTime were about to take control after a 21-5 run put PrimeTime up 51-37 with 50 seconds remaining in the half. Charlotte was able to storm back over the last five minutes going on a 8-0 run to cut the lead to 51-45 at the half.
The second half saw the Bulls came out strong defensively and building an eight point lead behind the outside shooting of AJ Barringer and Melo Hayes who combined for 17 points in the quarter. Chris Moore was able to score 13 points in the quarter to help PrimeTime close the gap to 76-78 going into the fouth quarter.
Victor Street (5'11''-PG-88, college: Erskine) opened the final frame scoring all seven of his points to begin the quarter and also picked up two nice assists to Chris Moore to help regain the lead for the visitors at 91-85. Back-to-back three pointers by Melo Hayes then tied the score at 91 with 6:38 to play. The next two minutes where all PrimeTime as they scored the next 10 points then were able to hold on from the free throw line down the stretch and escape with a 115-105 win.
By Nicholas Vandeloecht The Petersburg Cavaliers slipped into a double-digit hole, trailed at halftime, took a double-digit lead of their own on 15 straight points, fell into a closely contested battle for the lead in the final stretch and then narrowly edged the visiting Hampton Roads Warriors 95-92 for their first home game win in a wild seesaw of a matchup. For Petersburg Cavaliers head coach Kyle Dixon , that seesaw "wasn't fun at all." Nevertheless, he was happy with the end result. [read more]
By Nicholas Vandeloecht
The Petersburg Cavaliers slipped into a double-digit hole, trailed at halftime, took a double-digit lead of their own on 15 straight points, fell into a closely contested battle for the lead in the final stretch and then narrowly edged the visiting Hampton Roads Warriors 95-92 for their first home game win in a wild seesaw of a matchup.
"We have about 16 players that can all play basketball, and the passion for them to get on the court ... is amazing," Dixon said while adding: "We've got to work better on being that sixth men on the bench."
While the back-and-forth was tough to endure, Dixon said that "you need these games."
"These type of games build character," he said. "The fact that we were able to be in a close game and come out [with] the victory is huge, it's very huge."
Robert Pinkston (6'2''-G) played a hero's game on Saturday, landing eight three-pointers and also scoring the two free throw points that put the Cavs ahead on the final lead change of the evening.
Pinkston credited his big outside shooting day to "very good ball movement" from point guards Cooper and Earl Gee (5'10''-PG, college: Longwood).
"They were just really finding me in transition," Pinkston said. "I was just getting in the rhythm early and I just felt good the whole game."
"He fits in the system," Dixon said of Pinkston. "He didn't force anything, he waited patiently, we got the ball to him, he was hot ... we made it happen."
He led the team with 29 points while Jamar Cooper made 14 and Lorenzo Bailey netted 11.
Coming off of four straight minor league Player of the Year awards, Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) didn't disappoint the crowd in PrimeTime Players first regular season game at York Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill SC. Moore led all players with a game high 45 points, while adding 12 rebounds and eight assists helping his team to a 141-96 win over SC Upstate Redhawks. Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) added 31 points hitting nine three pointers to go along... [read more]
Coming off of four straight minor league Player of the Year awards, Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) didn't disappoint the crowd in PrimeTime Players first regular season game at York Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill SC. Moore led all players with a game high 45 points, while adding 12 rebounds and eight assists helping his team to a 141-96 win over SC Upstate Redhawks. Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) added 31 points hitting nine three pointers to go along with a game high 10 steals. Playing in his first ECBL game Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) contributed 19 points and 12 assists, while keeping the Upstate guards in check with strong full court defense.
The first quarter started slow with neither team able to hit shots from the perimeter, combining to go 13-for-52 from the field. The difference in the quarter came from the free throw line where PrimeTime was able to convert 14-of-15 while the Redhawks made 1-of-2 which led to a 30-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The cold shooting continued for SC Upstate in the second half as they connected on just 3-of-25 from the field and a combined 10-for-51 in the half, with 11 of their 19 points coming at the free throw line. Moore hit four-straight three point attempts helping push the PrimeTime lead to 63-36 at halftime.
The second half SC Upstate continued to play hard, but were never able to get closer than 24 as PrimeTime was able to pull away in the final quarter.
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