Creekside too much for Northgate
by Doug Gorman
The Creekside Seminoles led from start to finish Friday en route to a 68-54 victory over Northgate in Region 4B-AAAAA action.
With the loss, Northgate dropped to 8-9 overall and 4-6 in region action. Creekside improved to 12-10 overall and 7-3 in the region.
Creekside pushed the lead to double-digits early in the contest, leading 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and 38-19 at halftime.
Creekside used its height advantage against the Vikings to get shots off the glass.
Six-foot, seven-inch senior Ed Jones and 6-3 forward Tevin Henry paced the Seminoles’ offense throughout the game.
Henry finished the contest with 18 points, while Jones tossed in 16.
Northgate spread the scoring between nine players led by 18 from 6-5 center Alex Rutherford.
The Seminoles opened the the contest with baskets from Henry and a 3-pointer from Dominic Robinson and Creekside never trailed after taking the 5-0 lead.
Northgate’s Jacob Robinson cut the lead to 5-3 on the Vikings only 3-pointer of the night, but the Seminoles squelched the momentum with four straight points from Jones, including one of his three dunks on the night.
Jones took over in the second quarter for the Seminoles scoring two easy baskets and hitting a free throw as Creekside outscored Northgate 21-12 in the second period.
Late in the second quarter, Rutherford cut the lead to 29-19 when he converted a three-point play after driving the lane, drawing the foul and hitting the basket, but Northgate went almost the final two minutes of the second quarter without scoring again.
The Seminoles took advantage of the Northgate drought to reestablish the momentum.
Jones scored six straight points in the final minutes of the second quarter, adding to his point totals with back-to-back dunks to pass a 9-0 lead to close out the first half.
Creekside pushed the lead to 53-34 at the end of the third quarter.
Wendell Watson and Aldrickus Evans each scored baskets for Northgate in the fourth quarter and Anthony Dickerson added all six of his points in the final period, but it wasn’t enough for Northgate despite outscoring the Seminoles 20-15 in the final eight minutes.
The Vikings rolled off three-straight wins to close out last week’s action. but after since dropped two in a row, also falling to McIntosh in league action on Tuesday.
Northgate steps out of league action this afternoon when they host Lovett.
CREEKSIDE 17 21 15 15 —68
NORTHGATE 7 12 15 20—54
Creekside—Jones 16, Robinson 5, Lewis 5, Newnan 10, Henry 18, Aska 8, Chester 2, Wilson 4
Northgate—Ramey 4, Watson 5, Evans 7, Wade 2, E, Robinson 2, J. Robinson 5, McGrudder 5, Rutherford 18, Dickerson 6