Chavis Wolverines boys pick up first home game win this season
Feb 07, 2020 09:05AM
● By Jan Sailors
JCMS Wolverines player Darrien Floyd goes up for two against a covering screen of Cavaliers players at last Thursday’s game at Chavis.
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
The Chavis Wolverines basketball teams have played three games this season. The boys got their first win this season against the Cavaliers of W.C. Friday. The girls, in spite of putting up some good points in all three match-ups, and battling hard, are still looking for their first win.
In the Thursday, Jan. 23, away game against the Holbrook Lions, the Lady Wolverines lost (no stats/score information given out in this one), as did the boys, who lost by a score of 40-34 to the Lions.
Head coach Dr. Paul Cloninger’s men gave it their all, shooting 38 percent of their field goals, with Landon Cloninger hitting two of his attempted three, three-point shots.
The leading scorer for the Wolverines in this one was Kanye Kennedy, with 14 points; followed by Cloninger with 9.
Other scorers were Darrien Floyd (8 pts.); Caleb Hovis (2 pts.); and Drake Mauldin, with a point off a two attempted free throws. The Lions only out-rebounded the Wolverines by one RB, according to the stats provided by Coach Cloninger.
No information on the away game against the Grier Knights was sent, so the next game up was the Chavis hoops kids first home game of the 2020 season; this one against the visiting W.C. Friday Cavaliers.
The ladies took the court first for the Thursday, Jan. 30 home game at JCMS’ newly refurbished gym.
The Lady Wolverines played hard but a win wasn’t in the cards this week for them, as they lost to the Lady Cavs 42-23.
Head coach Cheryl Houston-Word said she was proud of how hard her girls fought and their tenacity.
“I just keep telling them we are showing continuous improvement, and that it’s about being better than you were the day before.
“We have grown so much in a small amount of time. They are such a positive group of young athletes. It’s a pleasure to coach them and teach them this wonderful game,” she said.
For the boys, this game was a 66-44 win over the W.C. Friday Cavs, and it was the first for the boys of the season.
Players Khanye Kennedy, Darrien Floyd, and Landon Cloninger led the team to victory combing for roughly 80 percent of the points scored, according to Coach Cloninger, who added his boys out-rebounded the Cavs by 17, with Khanye Kennedy getting a double-double.
Said Coach Cloninger, “I’m real happy with the way my team played. We had much better guard play out of Jackson Beam and Chance Hunt, which as the season goes, on will be critical.
“Also, Hunter Jackson and Caleb Hovis provided some valuable minutes on the floor to help contribute to the win. I thought we played especially well on the defensive side of the ball forcing a combined 28 steals or forced turnovers which turned into points about 75 percent of the time.”
Coach Cloninger said he tends to always be satisfied with the effort his team puts forth every minute of the each game.
Seven JCMS players got on the board in this one, led by Kennedy’s 21 points as part of his double-double. Landon Cloninger had 16 points, followed by Darrien Floyd, with 15.
Chance Hunt had 6 points and Hunter Jackson and Jackson Beam had three points apiece (Beam’s was a three-point shot). Drake Mauldin had two points to round out the scoring for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines have a bye this week (on Monday, Feb. 3), but are scheduled to play an away game on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Belmont Middle, but will be back at home again at Chavis on Monday, Feb. 10, against the Stanley Blue Devils, and Thursday, Feb. 13, against the Mount Holly Hawks.