Crossroads downed by Northwood Temple, N.C. State target

Feb. 05, 2013 @ 12:36 AM

Sidy Mohamed Djitte was the main attraction Monday at Crossroads Christian, but Northwood Temple Academy’s 6-foot-10 Senegalese center wasn’t a one-man show.

The third-ranked team in NCISAA 1-A has four players 6-foot-6 or taller and three players 6-foot-9 or taller, including Djitte, a senior who has received offers from N.C. State, Cincinnati, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, and Old Dominion, according to Rivals.com.

Djitte led Northwood Temple with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in an 84-59 win over Crossroads.

“It’s tough when you put a body on him and he can still just reach over,” said Colts coach Joseph Cooper. “We have to do a better job boxing out obviously. That’s part of it.”

Djitte showed a smooth touch around the rim, scoring most of his buckets on layups. The McDonald’s All-American nominee showcased his athleticism in the first quarter with a steal and two-handed fast break dunk.

Tyler Satterwhite kept Crossroads close in the second quarter with a 3-pointer to get the Colts within seven points.

Macoumbe Kowe, a 6-foot-9 sophomore wing player, posted back-to-back steals and left-handed throwdowns in transition to put the visitors from Fayetteville up 37-23. Kowe finished with 10 points.

Northwood Temple, unbeaten in Carolina Christian Conference play, led 45-27 at halftime. The Eagles had 39 bench points and 11 different players scored.

“Seems like when we took away their first option or even their second or third option, they’d still hit a baseline jumper or they’d still break their man down on a dribble,” said Cooper. “They’re a good team top to bottom.”

Six different players knocked down long distance shots for the Eagles, who finished with seven made 3s.

Reid Sudheimer led Crossroads with 16 points and Zach Reeves had nine.

“He was really one of the keys to our offense,” Cooper said of Sudheimer. “We were able to get the ball inside to him and he made great decisions with the ball. He had his little 10-12 footer working tonight.”

Cooper added that he was pleased with his team’s ball movement and ability to handle Northwood Temple’s pressure.

“The big thing was the rebounding disadvantage we had,” Cooper said.

Cooper’s Colts are 2-9 in league play and host another tough team, Community Christian, Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.