Cavs rally for road win
Southern Lee won the fourth period 24-14 to rally for a 65-61 conference win on the road at Overhills Friday night.
The Cavaliers (7-8, 4-1) trailed through much of the contest but saved their toughest play for last, specifically the last six minutes of the game.
From a 50-43 Jaguar lead, the Cavs rolled off a 9-2 run to tie the game. Christian Locust’s three-point play on a fast break brought the Cavs within a 50-49 Jaguar edge with 5:20 to play. Moments later, Charles Wicker finished a quick break off a Jaguar miss with another three-point play bringing the Cavs even at 52-52 with 4:39 left.
Overhills answered with Dexter McCrae’s three-pointer, only for another Cavalier and-one. Juwon Jackson scored in the low post and made a free throw for a 55-55 score.
The Cavs kept hurting the Jaguars right at the hoop, whether it was in transition or with getting it to Juwon Jackson, their primary inside force at power forward, and it was decisive after the Jaguar pressing and hectic pace controlled the action through much of the first three quarters.
With Southern Lee holding a 61-59 lead, the Cavs committed back-to-back turnovers, only for the Jaguars to waste the chances for buckets in the open court.
Off a Jaguar miss, the Cavs raced the other way and Wicker finished with a lay-up with 0:44 left.
The Jaguars got it to a one-possession margin again. Wicker made 1-of-2 at the line with 0:13 left to give the Cavs what wound up as the final margin.
Overhills led 13-8 after a quarter and 18-11 early in the second period after Theron Cole’s three-pointer. The Jaguars forced 24 Cavalier turnovers for the night, 15 in the first half. With that stat line, the Cavs were fortunate to trail 30-24 at the half.
Jared Foster and Robert Johnson led the Jaguars (8-6, 3-2) with 10 points each. McCrae scored all nine of his points in the second half.
Juwon Jackson led the Cavaliers with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Many of the boards were key defensive ones down the stretch. Jalen Jackson had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Noah Mellette and Wicker scored 11 points each.
The Cavaliers move on to a home game against Gray’s Creek on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Overhills travels to face Douglas Byrd Tuesday night.