Anderson earns 600th career win
Warriors advance to CVAC semis
Feb. 19, 2013 @ 05:18 AM
West Caldwell head coach Danny Anderson picked up his 600th career win after the Warriors claimed a 58-34 victory over Draughn in the first round of the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic Conference tournament (CVAC) on Monday in Gamewell.
“It’s not just me, it’s a number of people” said Anderson. “Basketball is a team sport. It’s West Caldwell and all the other schools I coached at.”
With the win, the Warriors advance to the second round of the CVAC tournament. They will take on Newton-Conover for the third time this season on Thursday at Catawba Valley Community College at 8 p.m. Newton-Conover defeated Bandys in the first round. The Red Devils also defeated West in both meetings earlier this season.
“They (Newton-Conover) are a good team and well-coached,” Anderson said. “You always want the opportunity to try and correct the mistakes you made the previous time out.”
West Caldwell (18-5, 11-3 CVAC) jumped to a quick 9-2 lead, including a 3-pointer by TJ Hendrix. Draughn fired back a triple by Landon Murray and 2-point basket by Rafael Horton to cut the deficit to 9-7. Kalice Steptoe added a basket just before the end of the quarter to give the Warriors an 11-7 lead. Steptoe scored six of his game-high 10 points in the quarter.
West opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run, including a dunk by Mekhi Dula. The Warriors held Draughn without a field goal for the first three and a half minutes of the quarter. Dula and Ashton Smith each scored five points in the quarter to help West open up a commanding 32-12 halftime lead.
“I thought we made some mistakes in the first quarter,” said Anderson. “We eliminated some of those mistakes in the second.”
The Warriors continued to extend their lead in the third. Deshawn Patterson and Chase Bowman each knocked down 3-pointers, while Dula made another dunk to give West a 43-19 advantage after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Mason Poteat scored all six of his points in the quarter and Murray hit his third triple of the game. However, Bowman hit his second three of the night and Alex Audrey scored all seven of his points in the final stanza to help keep the game out of reach.
The Warriors will take on Newton-Conover on Thursday for the right to play in the CVAC tournament championship on Friday.
West Caldwell 58, Draughn 34
Draughn 7-5-7-15 – 34
West Caldwell 11-21-11-15 – 58
DRAUGHN (34): Rafael Horton 9, Landon Murray 9, Mason Poteat 6, Alex Monroe 4, Shawn Hoyle 4, Gavin Bortnick 1, Gavin Morton 1, Miron Reid 0, Aaron Fusco 0, Chase Crump 0.
WEST CALDWELL (58): Kalice Steptoe 10, Mekhi Dula 9, Alex Audrey 7, Chase Bowman 6, TJ Hendrix 5, Deshawn Patterson 5, Ashton Smith 5, Mark Hood 4, Landon Braswell 2, Nyles Robinson 2, Ronnie Vasser-Jenkins 2, Tanner Watson 1, Tre Harper 0, Dalton Crump 0.