Cavs give coach win No. 100
Gaston Collins won his 100th game as Southern Lee's head boys basketball coach, with a 62-47 win over Cape Fear Valley foe Gray's Creek Friday night, on Orange Crush Crew Night, on Cavalier Court.
It was a team effort for Collins and the Cavaliers. The way Collins subs, often with hockey-like line changes, it has to be that way.
Southern Lee's starting five found the rhythm early. Cameron Martin hit two jumpers and Jamal James made a three-pointer to cap an 11-0 run for an 11-2 Cavalier lead. Even with the Cavs cruising, at the 3:24 mark of the first period, five new Cavaliers entered the game.
With the Cavaliers lead 15-12 starting the second, the starting five was back on and the Cavs stretched their lead again. Martin hit a trey from two strides beyond the top of the key. A couple minutes later, Larry McLeod soared over the lane for a right-handed put-back dunk which put the Cavs up eight, 27-19.
Bear reserve forward Nate Barez scored his first two baskets of the game for the last four points of the first half.
The Cavs fed 6-foot-3 post man Kevin McLeod early and often coming out of halftime and it paid off. McLeod scored on two moves around the hoop, then drained a 17-footer from beyond the foul line.
The Cavalier second line kept the momentum going as Justin McKinnon laid in a feed from Andrew Carnegie on a fast break, followed quickly by another Cavalier break and Noah Mellette getting a lay-up. A three-pointer by Mellette made Southern Lee's lead 49-32 and the Cavs led by 15 going to the fourth quarter.
The lead and the Cavalier depth allowed Collins the luxury of subbing his starting lineup back into the game with a 49-37 lead with 5:19 to play.
Charles Wicker hit a three-pointer moments later. The Bears chipped back within 11 points but couldn't make it tighter.
The Cavaliers shot 60.9 percent from the field (14 of 23) in the second half.
Larry McLeod had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and Martin had 12 points and seven boards. Kevin McLeod had 11 points and nine rebounds. James dished six assists.
For the Bears (3-5, 0-2), point guard Michael Morning scored 11 points and had four assists. Jeff Gibson scored nine points and Barez had eight points.
After beginning the season 0-3, the Cavaliers have won five straight games including getting off to a 2-0 start in conference this week.
Southern Lee will play at Western Harnett at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Cavaliers routed the Eagles 73-34 in game two of the current Cav winning streak.