Fast Start Leads Cavaliers Past Blue Devils 65-47


December 7, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

Brevard junior Sammy Bradley finished with eight points, two rebounds and two steals Tuesday night as the Blue Devils lost 65-47 to the East Rutherford Cavaliers.

Despite a strong effort in the second half, the Brevard Blue Devils were unable to overcome an early deficit Tuesday night as they fell at home to the East Rutherford Cavaliers, 65-47.

The Cavs missed the 2A regional finals by just one game last season, finishing the year 27-1, and that pedigree showed on the court.

East Rutherford was as big as they were talented and used that length to challenge nearly every shot attempt the Blue Devils offered up.

Brevard had some good looks early in the first quarter, but couldn't get any of the shots to fall.

The Cavs led 3-0 with just under 5:30 to go in the quarter, but scored four quick points in transition to force a Blue Devil timeout.

Coming out of the break, Brevard beat the full-court press leading to a layup from Breylan Owens, but East responded with a trey to make it 10-2.

Owens added a long two-point jumper a few minutes later, but the Cavs tacked on six straight points to take a 16-4 lead into the second quarter.

East stayed in control, stretching their lead to 23-6 with 5:15 to play in the first half.

The lead stretched to 20 following a long three-pointer from the Cavs moments later.

East continued the offensive avalanche before Sammy Bradley finally got the Blue Devils into double digits with a pair of free throws to make it 33-10 with just under two minutes to go in the second quarter.

Bradley added another basket, as did Dylan Troyer, to make the score 34-14 at the half following a Cavalier free throw.

Bradley opened the second half with a jumper and Caden Norris drained a trey, but on both occassions East answered on their end to maintain a 20-point lead.

Aiden Green scored off a nice pump-fake move inside before Jakari Thompson added two points off a nice drive to make it 41-25 with three minutes to go in the third quarter.

Jeremiah Reed

Breylan Owens shakes a Cavalier defender during a fast-break in the second half of Tuesday's game. Owens had a team-high 10 points for the Blue Devils.

Although Brevard's offense picked things up in the second half, the Cavs kept up their offensive efficiency and led 53-32 going into the fourth quarter.

Both sides gave their bench players some court time in the final quarter and Brevard outscored East 15-12 over the last eight minutes, but the Cavs hung on to win by a comfortable margin.

Owens finished as the only Brevard player to score in double digits, finishing with 10 points on the night.

Green had nine points and a team-high three steals.

Bradley finished with eight points and Thompson had five points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The loss drops Brevard's record to 3-2 on the year.

The Blue Devils traveled to Enka (4-1) on Wednesday.


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