P.J. Torres (6'3''-G-93) rolled out 40 points and the Petersburg Revolution basketball team pulled away in the closing stages to trump Fayetteville Crossover for the second time this week, winning 135-116. The Revolution has now won six straight and is gearing up for a third consecutive Saturday where they will defend their home court at the Rock Church of Petersburg. Coming to Petersburg on April 30 is Winston-Salem Certified, the team responsible for the Revolution's sole loss through their first seven games of 2016. The Revolution players' most recent battle to improve to 6-1 wasn't an easy one, as they fell behind 2-12 in the first four minutes of the game and then lost the lead again in the third quarter before rolling past the Crossover and steadily growing their lead with Torres heading the charge in the fourth. "As time goes on, we're just building chemistry. Earlier in the season, if something like that happened in the first half, we probably would have crumbled and probably lost by 20," Torres said. "But since there's so much chemistry and believing in each other ... if we start off 20-0, we're all looking each other like 'We're good' ... look down the line, go to the next person, let him know we're good and we just keep playing until the clock hits zero." Petersburg had also beaten the Crossover in a narrower contest on Sunday in Fayetteville, N.C. with a final score of 121-116. "It was definitely a challenge ... trying to beat a team twice is always hard, especially when you're playing them back-to-back," Torres said. "But we came in, we accepted the challenge, we embraced it ... we said we've got to go hard just like last game, but even more because we knew they were going to bring it. "We just turned it up another level and we came out with the win." Head coach Kyle Dixon said they had to make sure they knew that it wasn't easy the first time they played Fayetteville. "We can't take this team for granted. [We had] to make sure we kept everything basic ... move the ball around, keep the teammates involved," Dixon said. "We also had a huge engagement from the bench. Our bench players ... were very active and very communicative [on] what they saw on the floor." Facing a talented squad in the Crossover with Raymond McKeithan matching Torres' 40 points, the Revolution turned up the outside shooting and overcame the opponent in the latter stages of each half. "The more aggressive we are on defense, the more we make them frustrated," Dixon said. "We got a lot of stops, we got them frustrated and we got a lot of easy buckets." Torres, who fired in several three-pointers including back-to-back treys on the Revolution's breakaway bid in the second quarter, credited his teammates for fueling his outside shooting game. "Making shots just becomes contagious once you see other people on your team doing it," Torres said. "Just domino effect." Team plays led to several buckets, as Petersburg notched its first two points off of James Shambley nabbing the steal and then bouncing the ball to Torres, who blasted it through on the dunk. The Revolution straightened up after the timeout call with eight minutes left in the first quarter. The blistering speed and three-point shots of Earl Gee II sparked Petersburg's first rally as his teammates turned his passes into baskets and he briefly sent his team to the point on the trey. Cedric Kwindja netted the ball off the rebound, Tyre Desmore rocketed in the one-armed dunk and Torres made the two-pointer as the Revolution went back and forth with the Crossover for the lead near the top of the second. After Fayetteville netted the three-pointer early and often, the shots from behind the arc kept coming from Petersburg in the second quarter as they broke away to lead 66-55 at the half. Fayetteville charged back into the picture, taking back the point (79-78) off the three-pointer with six minutes to play in the third. The two teams traded the lead until three-pointers from Reggie Cherry and Deshon Dabbs put them up 92-89 at the end of the third quarter. From there, Torres helped pull the Revolution outside of the visitors' reach. "It's amazing what we have here, the potential that we have here and we have a means to really bring a name to Petersburg, Virginia," Dixon said. Behind Torres, Gee scored 15 points, followed by Cherry with 14, Dabbs with 12, Kwindja and Desmore with 11 each and William Mackey with nine. Petersburg's only loss on the season came in their first-ever game as a team against their upcoming opponent Winston-Salem Certified. The margin of loss was listed at five points. That loss was also on the road. There is one place where the Revolution remains unbeaten. The Rock Church of Petersburg. "We're home," Dixon said. "We're going to defend our undefeated home record."
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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