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Cummings boys avenge earlier basketball loss to cross-city rival Williams

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

The Cummings boys’ basketball team had difference makers in its second chance against city rival Williams.

The biggest of those was Ja’Kari Dobbins, who turned in 15 points, 18 rebounds, and four steals as the host Cavaliers won 53-41 on Thursday night, avenging a loss from a week earlier.

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“Brought the fight to them this time,” Cummings coach Chas Criss said.

Kobie Stadler made a pair of 3-point shots in the second half to boost the Cavaliers (5-2).
Williams (5-2) had a four-game winning streak end.

“They pulled us into playing their style of ball,” Williams coach Jimmy Lloyd said. “We broke their press and didn’t capitalize on it.”

Williams won the first meeting 54-45 at home, giving the Bulldogs their first victory against Cummings since December 2019.

But the rematch was different, particularly with Cummings more assertive in rebounding.
“They responded from the first game and we didn’t,” Lloyd said.

The Bulldogs’ rebounding superiority from the earlier meeting wasn’t present this time.
“We were much better on the glass,” Criss said. “We weren’t dominated in the paint like the first time.”

In particular, Criss said it was important to limit Williams forward Milton the first game and we didn’t,” Lloyd said.

The Bulldogs’ rebounding superiority from the earlier meeting wasn’t present this time.
“We were much better on the glass,” Criss said. “We weren’t dominated in the paint like the first time.”

In particular, Criss said it was important to limit Williams forward Milton Turner. The Cavaliers ended up with a 50-35 rebounding advantage.

It marked the best defensive performance of the season for Cummings in terms of points allowed.

There was actually a good start to the game for the Bulldogs. But an early advantage went sour when Williams managed to score only three points in the second quarter.
“They just wouldn’t fall,” Lloyd said.

Cummings had shooting woes as well, making only one of its first 15 attempts from 3-point range.

Sam Rhodes had nine points and Brian Williams scored eight points for Williams.

Girls’ game
Williams won 57-23 against winless Cummings as Regan Averett scored 16 points, completing a sweep of non-league games between the teams.

The Bulldogs also received 11 points from freshman Ry’Leigh Surles and nine points, six rebounds and four blocked shots from Scout Winter. Averett was charted with six blocked shots.

Williams (7-2), which won its second game in a row and improved to 3-0 in road games, won’t play again until its Central 3-A Conference opener January 2 vs. visiting Southern Alamance.

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