12/31/10 — Rosewood downs CB Aycock boys

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Rosewood downs CB Aycock boys

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on December 31, 2010 1:47 PM

Rosewood head coach Daniel Mitchell wanted to change the pace of the game early in the second quarter on Thursday night.

The veteran head man instructed his players to step up the pressure on defense with a full-court zone press.

The plan worked perfectly.

Rosewood scored 27 points in the second quarter, most of those off of turnovers, and ran away from county rival C.B. Aycock 68-57 in a non-conference clash.

With the game tied at 12-12 in the opening seconds of the second period, Mitchell called for the press and guards Jykhia Applewhite and Antonio Henriquez answered the call by forcing multiple turnovers that led to easy baskets. A pair of 3-pointers by Jonathan Franks ignited an 11-2 run midway through the period. Cody Harris added two 3-pointers of his own to cap the rally.

By halftime the Rosewood lead was 39-27.

"We had to do something to pick up the pace and the trap really got us going on both ends," Mitchell said. "We got some steals and easy baskets, and when we didn't get a layup we worked the ball around for a good shot."

The teams traded baskets throughout a much more deliberate third quarter with C.B. Aycock cutting the lead to six points on two occasions. Each time Rosewood answered the call and came through with a critical basket to stem the visitors' tide.

"We have to get better, that's all there is to say," C.B. Aycock head coach Steve Moats said. "There are points where we look like a decent team and then there are times where we can't seem to do anything right."

Rosewood resigned to play ball control through the fourth quarter and led by as many as 16 points before two late baskets by the Golden Falcons cut the lead to 11.

Cameron Rowe led the C.B. Aycock offense with 16 points. Randall Fulghum added 12 points and Brandon Winford finished with 11 points.

Jacquez Raynor dominated the paint for the Eagles and finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Henriquez and Cody Harris each added 12 points in the win. Nine different Eagles scratched in the scoring column on the night.

"Jacquez was big for us on the glass and making shots," Mitchell said. "Our bench gave us solid minutes and that allowed us to get him some rest early in the game and he was able to sustain his energy the whole night."

Rosewood (7-2 overall) begins Carolina 1-A Conference play at Ayden-Grifton on Jan. 7. C.B. Aycock (1-11) plays host Cleveland High School on Tuesday night.