KVA sees improvement in Fayetteville Academy loss

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

Kerr-Vance coach Dave Carrier isn’t a “scoreboard guy.”

The scoreboard read Fayetteville Academy 63, KVA 49 Wednesday night, but the gut feeling for Carrier was much more positive than after Tuesday’s loss to Rocky Mount Academy.

“We lost two games in a row, but we’re walking out of the gym (Wednesday) feeling good about ourselves,” said Carrier. “We walked out of the gym (Tuesday) knowing we could play better than that.”

KVA (11-3) had its hands full containing the combo of Fayetteville’s big man Zane Waterman and versatile guard Jaron Withers. The 6-foot-8 Waterman had a game-high 27 points, snatching 16 rebounds. Withers finished with 16 points.

“You have two players that can be the best two players on just about any team in the state,” said Carrier. “They’re really good and they’re a well-coached team.”

Waterman already had 17 points and 10 boards by halftime. Fayetteville, the No. 5 ranked team in NCISAA 2-A, led 35-21.

Waterman picked up his fourth foul with 7:22 to play in the game and the Eagles up 52-33. He reentered with about four minutes to go and the lead down to 12.

The Spartans used a 9-0 run, capped by a Brandon Dickerson finish in transition to cut it to 56-44.

“We never felt like we were out of the game,” said Carrier. “We had a couple of opportunities with the ball to cut it to single digits, it just didn’t quite go down for us.”

Waterman’s impact was immediately felt upon his return. Fayetteville pounded it in to the junior, who converted a shot inside. He got to the line and added two free throws a minute later to make it 60-46 before fouling out at the 1:53 mark.

Waterman has drawn interest from several schools including Wake Forest and Virginia, according to the Fayetteville Observer. He scored most of his points Wednesday around the basket and collected the majority of his rebounds on the offensive glass.

“He’s a load. He’s a really good all-around player,” said Carrier. “He killed us tonight in the paint. He does a great job going to the offensive glass. He did a great job finishing.”

Carrier was pleased with the defense on Withers, who showed his athleticism in the second quarter by gliding in for a contested one-hand jam in transition.

“Really good player,” said the Spartan coach. “And he’s a good shooter too. He’s got size. I thought we did a good job on him. I thought we contained him, made him work for his shots.”

Dickerson, R.J. Hunt and Tyson Carrier each had 11 points for KVA, which returns to league play Friday at home against St. David’s.

“They’re always somebody we kind of measure ourselves against and we’re looking forward to playing them,” said Carrier.

Jake Ruggles was out for KVA with a broken finger and is expected to miss at least the next two weeks.

                                   1         2              3         4         FINAL

FAYETTEVILLE         15        20          17         11          63

KERR-VANCE           6         15          12         16           49

FAYETTEVILLE — Brooks Keener 1, Zane Waterman 27, Jaron Withers 16, Will Schaeter 9, Devin Butler 6, Douglas Cameron 2, J.V. Blackwell 2

KERR-VANCE — Brandon Dickerson 11, Troy Bickel 6, R.J. Hunt 11, Derrius Perry 8, Tyson Carrier 11, Derrian Markham 2


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