The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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January 7, 2013

Bulldogs sweep at East Mont.; Wildcats sweeps Knights; South loses at West Mont.

Monday, January 7, 2013 — Yadkin Valley Conference play returned for the teams representing Stanly County in the conference on Friday night.

Both Albemarle and South Stanly went on the road to Montgomery County, while Gray Stone hosted South Davidson.

Boys

Albemarle 79

East Montgomery 45

The pressure defense that the Albemarle  boys’ basketball sometimes employs is most efficient when the Bulldogs can get points in transition to go along with creating turnovers.

In the middle two quarters of Albemarle’s road game Friday at East Montgomery, the Bulldogs’ pressure combined with solid shooting from the field helped secure the team’s seventh straight win of the season 79-45 in Biscoe.

Andre Ridenhour came off the bench to lead Albemarle (7-1, 3-1 YVC) with 13 points as five reached double figures. Alvin Currie and Trey Nivens each contributed 10 points each off the bench, while starters Deon Christian and Bryan Blanton each scored 12 and 10, respectively.

Brandon Reza’s touch from the three-point arc helped him to lead East Montgomery (6-6, 3-3) and all scorers with 17 points.

Albemarle built a five-point lead after one quarter, then opened the second period with an 8-0 run over the first 1:42, getting turnovers off of a full-court press and converting them into points.

East Montgomery cut Albemarle’s lead to 12 points, but a final flourish from the Bulldogs gave Albemarle a 38-24 lead at the halftime break.

In the third quarter, Albemarle’s defensive pressure went up several notches and kept East scoreless for four minutes while scoring 13 points in a row. The Eagles hit just 1-of-7 in the period while the Bulldogs were 11-of-20 and put the game out of reach with a 29-point quarter.

“We came out in the second half with defensive energy; our good defense turned into offense,” Albemarle head coach Al Andrew said.

The head coach also made a reference to his team’s energy on defense as similar to those employed by former Pfeiffer head coach Dave Davis, whose teams used a pressure defense for much of the game to create transition offense.

Andrew also talked about the development of the team, saying “people do not understand how difficult it is for the kids to transition from football to basketball. You can’t speed up the process.”

The Bulldogs look to keep their seven-game win streak alive Tuesday at Gray Stone.

A    18    20    29    12    79

EM    13    11    2    19    45

A –  Andre Ridenhour 13, Deon Christian 12, Bryan Blanton 10, Alvin Currie 10, Trey Nivens 10, Williams 9, Autry 7, Dumas 3, Ellis 3, Crowder 2.

EM – Brandon Reza 17, Little 9, Pegues 1, Lancaster 5, Morrison 1, Durham 2, Baldwin 8, Scott 2.

South Davidson 48

Gray Stone 44

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