The Cleveland Central Wolves had a busy but successful weekend on the hardwood.
On Friday, the team traveled to play the Greenville High Hornets where they shocked the home crowd in Greenville by pulling off a 68-61 win.
The Wolves returned to action on Saturday at home at the Margaret Wade Gymnasium to play the Northside Gators, a team they suffered an early season loss to in Shelby 42-39. Cleveland was able to avenge that loss and post a 60-50 win. The Wolves improved to 8-7.
CCHS head coach Bernard Berryhill expressed his thoughts on how the weekend played out for his team.
“I’m very pleased with the outcomes,” said Berryhill. “We are attempting to create an identity for our program, and every game presents different tests.
“A tough road victory followed by the second game of back-to-back contests challenged the guys mentally. Hopefully, the players are beginning to realize what dedicated work towards a shared goal can do to give us the best chance in every game.”
On Friday, the Wolves used a stifling defense to push their way to a victory. With key players sidelined early due to foul trouble, Berryhill had to rely on the play of the bench and a sophomore to help generate offense.
The result was a 17-point night for Jarkevious Johnson to lead the Wolves to the victory over the Hornets. Carlos Webb, Jr. came off the bench to give the Wolves a strong presence in the paint. He was able to chip in with six points and key rebounds to aid the win.
“We had some players to experience some personal growth which has a tremendous impact on the team. Seeing the positive results from the things you work on helps to build your confidence,” Berryhill explained.
Joining Johnson and Webb were Marcus Franklin and Deon Sellers with nine points each. Leroy Cotton, III added eight points in the win.
On Saturday, the Wolves wasted no time getting to work against the Gators as they jumped up on the team 15-4 in the first quarter.
The route continued in the second quarter led by Johnson who knocked back-to-back three-point shots and made a breakaway layup to give the Wolves a 23-6 advantage. By halftime, the Wolves led 33-16.
The third quarter was similar to the first two periods, but the Gators started making progress toward the end of the third quarter as they trailed going into the final period 46-28.
The Gators made a move to erase the huge deficit, but it wasn’t enough as the comeback fell short at 60-50. The Gators dropped to 8-6.
Johnson led the Wolves again with 17 points; Josh Kirkham added 15 points, and Cotton had 12 points. Emmanuel Johnson led North Side with 19 points, Drayvon Williams added 14 points and Karltavious Burrage added nine points in the loss.
CCHS will return to the basketball court Thursday as a No. 4 seed in the Bolivar County Basketball Tournament in Benoit. The Wolves will play top seeded Ray Brooks at 7:30 p.m.