High School Basketball

Battery Creek boys move to 4-0 in region with win over Woodland

Battery Creek girls also cruise to victory

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 11, 2014 

Almost midway through the fourth quarter and his team up by a seemingly comfortable margin, Antoine Youmans extended both arms to signal a full timeout.

The coach's tone was stern when the Battery Creek High School boys basketball team reached the bench.

"Sit down, sit down, sit down," he told them.

Youmans wanted defensive focus. He watched a lead nearly vanish earlier in the week at Bishop England.

Woodland, the Dolphins' opponent Friday, was winless in Region 6-AA. Battery Creek was trying to remain unbeaten in region play.

The sloppy play was contained. Battery Creek delivered an 8-0 run later in the quarter and the Dolphins coasted to a 61-40 victory at home.

"We just didn't want them to make that run, or at least not help them make that run by making bad plays on defense," Youmans said. "If they're successful when we're executing our defense, there is nothing I can do about that. But when we're not executing, then I have a problem with it."

Battery Creek is unbeaten through four games of the region schedule. Its bench is deeper than it has been all season.

Youmans wants to eliminate complacency. During the week, he overheard his players discussing Saturday's game, when rival Whale Branch Early College High School travels to Battery Creek.

Too soon.

Battery Creek is off to its best start under Youmans, in his fourth season. But he wants to be better.

His team should have more depth for the second half of the season. Point guard Adonis Williams is being worked back in after missing the first half of the season.

He scored two points in limited minutes Friday but gives the Dolphins a general.

"He spreads the floor," Dolphins forward Devonte Wilson said. "He gives us easy points, because he can penetrate. He has good eyes."

The Dolphins' fourth-quarter run Friday allowed Youmans to empty the bench with his next timeout. Ten Battery Creek players scored.

Woodland never seriously threatened during the second half, but a brief run late in the third quarter cut the Dolphins' lead to 11, enough to make Youmans edgy.

A slow start to the fourth quarter led to the timeout.

"We wanted to definitely try to wear them down," Youmans said. "When you play a team man-to-man, that really tests their will. And we wanted to test their will tonight."

Battery Creek boys 60, Woodland 41

Battery Creek (9-3, 4-0 Region 6-AA) -- Eric Freeman 15, Yuneek Crittendon 11, Devonte Wilson 10, Jason Green 8, Markell Smalls 6, Christian Brown 3, Miguel Crawley 2, Adonis Williams 2, Cleveland Hampton 2, DeQuan Robinson 1

Woodland (1-10, 0-4) -- Leron Carn 16, Dexter Walker 10, Travon Shannon 6, Marquez Kelly 3, Dante Mitchell 3, Malik Shuler 2, Ramauri Edwards 1

Battery Creek girls 54, Woodland 22

This Battery Creek girls team is set up to defend, and Woodland felt much of its force Friday.

The Dolphins' power 2-3 zone, with guards Daisja Cannon and Taniqua Mungin up top and Ericka Alston disrupting shots in the middle, harassed the Wolverines and helped Battery Creek improve to 3-1 to start the Region 6-AA schedule.

"Trying to get steals, stay on your feet, staying ready -- just ready to get the ball," Mungin said of the Dolphins' scheme.

After Woodland pulled within five early in the third quarter, Battery Creek held the Wolverines to only a basket over the next eight minutes. Before Woodland finally scored again, it was down 18.

Battery Creek will try to maintain the intensity Saturday at home against rival Whale Branch.

"We're determined to beat Whale Branch," Mungin said. "We are determined, I'm telling you."

Battery Creek (8-4, 3-1 Region 6-AA) -- Daisja Cannon 24, Taniqua Mungin 14, Brianna Tolbert 7, Maty Dearsman 4, Ericka Alston 3, Shanice Pusha-Powell 2

Woodland (3-5, 2-2) --Tasia Hopkins 13, Derricka Millinghouse 4, Teona Martino 4, Keddryona Warren 1

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