Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team hosted conference opponents Cary Christian on Tuesday, January 24th. The Warriors were set for the conference match-up and still on the hunt for a victory during this rebuilding season. The Warriors opened up the game playing very tough defense. "We worked on a new defensive scheme that the Coaching Staff thought would be effective against Cary Christian," said Coach Coley. The defense of the Warriors seemed to confuse the Knights and left them very few opportunities beyond the 3 point line early in the game. Sophomore Grey McMahon picked up where he left off in the previous game defensively. McMahon was a presence on the boards for the Warriors and was very scrappy and physical down low. The offense for the Warriors got going following some tough drives and shooting from Sophomore Cooper Berkoff and some hot shooting from Eighth Grader George Coleman. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff led the Warriors in the scoring column tallying 17points for the night. Eighth Grader George Coleman added 15 points of his own all of which came from beyond the 3 point line. The Warriors battled hard for the entire contest but fell a few points shy of getting a victory. The Warriors will be in action again on Friday, January 27th as they travel to take on Wake Christian.
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team traveled to Grace Christian on Friday, January 20th to take on the Eagles. The Warriors practice has been scarce this week with injuries and the flu bug going around but nonetheless they were ready to battle. The Warriors were without Sophomore Hutch Marshall due to an ankle injury. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff had been out a couple of days this week due to the flu but was suited up and ready to compete. The Warriors started the game off playing tough defense and held the score pretty close for most of the first quarter. The Eagles begin to heat up from behind the arc and mounted a lead on the Warriors. The rebounding, scrappiness, and hustle plays of Sophomore Grey McMahon was a much needed boost for the Warriors. Sophomore John Thagard provided a spark off the bench as usual bringing his energy and hustle for the Warriors. The Warriors continue to fight and battle for the entire game but did not have enough to make a comeback and win the game. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff lead the scoring for the Warriors with 14 points. Eighth grader George Coleman chipped in with 12 points towards the Warrior total. The Warriors will be in action again on Tuesday, January 24th as they host conference opponent Cary Christian.
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team hosted Coastal Christian on Tuesday, January 17th. The Warriors entered the contest still in search of a breakout game for the season. The Warriors started the game off being very competitive and kept the score pretty even in the early onset with some aggressive drives from Sophomore Cooper Berkoff. The Warriors were tuned in on the defensive side of the ball. Sophomore John Thagard provided the Warriors with a huge spark defensive causing several turnover and coming up with key steals. The Warriors were scrappy and battling for every rebound. A few questionable calls found Berkoff, the Warriors leading scorer, in foul trouble and having to go to the bench to prevent another one. With Sophomore Cooper Berkoff out due to foul trouble, 8th grader George Coleman led the offensive charge for the Warriors. The Warriors remained scrappy and continued to hustle but was having scoring trouble. "I think our entire team played hard on both sides of the ball. Foul trouble limited out opportunities the score." - Coach Coley. Eighth grader George Coleman led the Warriors in scoring with 21 points. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff, hindered by foul trouble added 7 points to the Warriors total. The Warriors will be in action again on Friday, January 20th as they travel to take on conference opponent Grace Christian.
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team traveled across town to take on the Lions of Trinity Academy on Friday, January 13th. The Warriors entered the contest still searching for their first win of this rebuilding season. The Warriors were down early as they started off the game cold from the field. "Not seeing the ball go in early was tough but I am proud that ours guys continued to battle." - Coach Coley The Warriors began to make some shots and some good hard drives to the basket to try to spark some momentum. The Warriors fought hard until the final buzzer but did not have enough to claw back against the Lions. The Warriors were led in scoring by 8th grader George Coleman who ended the game with 13 points. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff chipped in with 9 points of his own. The Warriors will be in action again on Tuesday, January 17th as they host Coastal Christian at 7pm.
Our Varsity Boys Basketball Team took a trip to Fayetteville to tip off against the Eagles of Fayetteville Academy on Tuesday, January 10th. The Warriors were set to take on the most athletic opponent that they have faced thus far this season. The Warriors, despite being undersized, were ready for battle. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead and held on to it for the entire game. The Warriors fought back and continued to battle but did not have enough to get back into the game. "We knew that this would be a tough road test for our guys. We just asked that they compete to the best of their ability and not quit." - Coach Coley. The Warriors just did not have enough weapons to keep up with the Eagles. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff led the scoring for the Warriors with 10 points and Senior Charlie Moses also chipped in with 10 points of his own. The Warriors will be in action again on Friday, January 13th as they head over to Trinity Academy. The game time for this contest has been moved up to 5:15pm.
Our Varsity Boys Basketball Team hosted the Bulldogs of Wake Christian Academy on Friday, January 6th. The Warriors entered the contest having only 7 athletes available to play and a few of those were not at 100%. Although the Warriors were able to get on the board first following two made free throws by Sophomore Grey McMahon, they were still showing signs of rust following the Christmas Break. The Warriors had to fight the entire game to compete with the physical play of the Bulldogs. "We knew it would be a tough matchup tonight, especially with us not being at 100% as a team." - Coach Coley. The Warriors competed hard until the very end but did not have enough fire power to gain the advantage over the Bulldogs. 8th grader George Coleman led the scoring for the Warriors with 12 points. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff added 9 points of his own. Sophomore Hutch Marshall chipped in with 8 points. The Warriors will be in action again on Tuesday, January 10th as they travel to take on Fayetteville Academy.
Our Varsity Boys Basketball Team hosted Arendell Parrott at home for a non-conference match up on Friday, December 16th. The Warriors entered the game still in the hunt for their first win of the season but were showing signs of improvement each game. The Warriors started off the game red hot sparked by an opening 3 pointer by 8th grader George Coleman. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff followed the opening 3 with a steal and a 3 pointer of his own. The scoring tandum of Berkoff and Coleman counted for 8 of the Warriors first 11 points. Although the Warriors were hot the Patriots would not go away and continued to chip away at the lead. In the second half the Warriors started to cool down and the Patriots were able to take the lead. The Warriors continued to fight but did not have enough inside presence to regain control of the game and close it out. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff led the Warriors in scoring with 19 points and 8th grader George Coleman chipped in with 10 points of his own. The Warriors are out for Christmas break and will be back in action at home on January 6th.
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team hosted the Sabres of South Wake on Tuesday, December 13th. The Warriors started the game off strong and were able to take the lead early. Sophomore Grey McMahon hit a 3 pointer which happened to be the Warriors first basket of the game. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff followed that up with a hard drive to the basket and finish. The Warriors played well on defense in the first quarter and seemed to be clicking on all cylinders. In the second quarter the Sabres made some adjusts and started to claw their way back into the game. The Warriors continued to fight with 2 more 3 pointers by McMahon and several tough drives to the basket by Berkoff which resulted in a basket or a trip to the free throw line. The Sabres were still able to hang around and the Warriors went into the half down by 5. The Sabres continued to their run to open up the second half but a couple of 3 pointers by 8th grader George Coleman and a 3 by Sophomore Cooper Berkoff accompanied by more driving attacks to the basket kept the Warriors close. As the game went on the Warriors defense declined. With the back line of the Warriors defense in foul trouble, the Warriors found themselves short handed when it came to rebounding. "We have to continue to work on defensive positioning as well as boxing out and rebounding. It costs us tremendously tonight." -Coach Coley Sophomore Cooper Berkoff led the scoring for the Warriors and finished the game with 15 points. Eighth grader George Coleman added 11 points to the total and Sophomore Grey McMahon chipped in with 9. The Warriors will be in action again on Friday, December 16th as they host Arendell Parrott.
Our Varsity Boys traveled to Cary to take on Cary Christian in a conference match up on Friday, December 9th. The Warriors started off strong to open up the contest. Although the Warriors had some difficulties on the offensive end their defense was pretty good in the first quarter. The Warriors finally got on the board after a 3 pointer by 8th grader George Coleman. The Warriors continued to battled and scrap against the Knights. Sophomore Cooper Berkoff was aggressive and made several drives to the basket. Berkoff then hit a 3 point shot to keep the Warriors in striking distance in the first half. The inside play of the Warriors found themselves in foul trouble which left the paint with very little protection. The Warrior's defense was compromised and they had to make several substitutions to try and remain competitive in the contest. "We had a few rotation errors on defense which costs us tremendously. We also struggled from the freethrow line tonight." - Coach Coley The Warriors will be in action again at home on Tuesday, December 13th as they take on the Sabres of South Wake at 7:00pm.
Our Varsity Boys Basketball Team traveled over to New Life Camp on Tuesday, December 6th to compete against the Storm for the second time this season. The Warriors are still looking for their first win and wanted to have a good showing headed into this game. The Warriors got off to a slow start an could not seem to make a basket. The Warriors scrambled and hustled on defense but suffered with the defensive rotations and lack of boxing out. "We have to do a better job of contesting shots and rebounding," said Coach Coley. The Warriors went on a small run but could not overcome the 3 point shots of the Storm. Although the Warriors battled until the end they just did not have enough to come back from the deficit. "We have to get better defensively. We have to do a better job on our defensive rotations and with boxing out and rebounding." - Coach Coley. The Warriors will take the court again in a conference match up on Friday, December 9th when they travel to Cary Christian to take on the Knights.
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team started conference play on Friday, December 2nd as they hosted Grace Christian School. The Warriors took the court on Friday still hunting for their first win of the season. The Warriors got on the board early with a 3 pointer by 8th grader George Coleman off an assist from Sophomore Cooper Berkoff. There were a couple of lead changes in the first quarter that kept the game within reach. Grace Christian began to heat up from beyond the arc and were able to take control of the game. The Warriors put up a good fight and were able to make a few runs but the sharp shooting of the Eagles from 3 proved to be too much for the Warriors on this night. "We showed improvement in some areas but we continue to struggle a bit on defense. We will go back to the drawing board in practice next week to sharpen up our play on the defensive end of the court." - Coach Coley The Warriors will be in action again on Tuesday, December 6th as they travel to take on the Storm of New Life Camp.
Our Varsity Boys Basketball Team hosted Ravenscroft on Tuesday, November 22nd. The Warriors entered the game against the Ravens trying to improve upon their performance in previous contests. The Warriors were up against a very tough opponent in the Ravens. The game started out with Ravenscroft hitting the scoreboard first. A string of turnovers found the Warriors in a whole that it would prove to great for them to recover. Although the Warriors were not at full strength and still had players unavailable for the contest, they fought until the end and showed resilience and heart. The Warriors were finally able to get on the board after an offensive rebound and put back by Senior Jackson Rouser. "We have to get better at our execution on the offensive as well as defensive end of the court. We have a willing group that works hard so I am sure that we will continue to get better." - Coach Coley The Warriors will be in action again on December 2nd as they host conference opponent Grace Christian.
The Warriors traveled to Cary Christian to take on the Knights in a surprise second round matchup of EPIC teams in the playoff. St. David’s had played well in their win at Coastal Christian and were looking forward to the challenge of facing a very talented Cary team.
Cary opened the game with great pressure and forced SDS into early turnovers to gallop out to a 6-2 lead in the first minutes of the quarter. The Warriors regrouped after a timeout and responded with a 14-8 run to take a 16-14 lead into the second quarter. The first quarter run was spearheaded by Riley Berkoff’s 8 points. Jackson Rouser and Hank Madden also joined in with 4 points each. The Knights would respond in the second quarter to outscore the Warriors 19-12 to take a 33-28 lead into the locker-room at halftime. Hank Madden kept St. David’s close with 6 points in the quarter.
The third quarter was a faced paced back and forth contest as both teams refused to give in to the other. Cary would take that quarter by a slim 15-12 margin to hold a 40-48 lead. Riley Berkoff slashed his way to 4 points in the quarter. The fourth quarter was a defensive affair with both teams strategically trying to limit the other. The Warriors came as close as 5 points but could not keep pace with the Knights who made timely outside shots and gathered numerous offensive rebounds to put things out of reach on the way to a hard fought 57-45 victory. Hank Madden and Riley Berkoff each pumped in 16 points and Jackson Rouser worked his way to 8 points in a starting role. The defeat ended the Warrior season a 7-19.
Coach Coley added "it was everything but the win tonight. We played Warrior basketball out there tonight. The coaching staff is so proud of the effort and perseverance tonight. We could have very easily come in and offered no resistance to a strong Cary team that has beaten us soundly in our first two meetings. We left it all out there tonight. They should be proud of their effort. It has been a joy to watch the maturation process this season. Our young men have endured a lot, but they have shown great character. This is what the coaching staff is most proud of. We have 8 seniors, and we will miss them all. We have nothing but great things to say about how they worked. This is bittersweet but I think we will look back on it later and be glad that we had this experience and this time together. "
Thank you so much for all the support for our Warriors this season.
The Warriors went into rival territory on Friday, January 28th for their second matchup of the year against conference opponent Cary Christian. The Warriors started the game off slow struggling to score on offense and stop the Knights on defense leaving the Warriors down 0-8 in the first 2 minutes. The struggles continued into the 2nd quarter as Cary Christian got hot from deep and shut down the Warriors' attempts to close the gap. The Knights led 38-13 at the half after outscoring the team 38-13. After a fiery halftime speech by head coach Will Coley, the Warriors came out of the break looking to claw their way back into the game. The Warriors had a solid third-quarter holding the Knights to 12 points in the period and scoring 11 themselves led by buckets by seniors Ghalon Chisley (10 points), Riley Berkoff (9 points) and Hank Madden (8 points). The lead the Knights had built was just too much to overcome, even with solid defensive efforts from John Hauser and Luke Nelson in the fourth, the Warriors lost by a score of 63-31. The Warriors look to forget this loss and head into Tuesday's (February 1st) game against Parrott Academy looking to win on Senior Night.
The Warriors, coming off a win last week against NRCA, looked to build off that win against a quality opponent in New Life Camp on Tuesday, January 25th. The Warriors started off strong first quarter fueled by the shooting of seniors Hank Madden and Riley Berkoff. The Warriors continued strong play on both ends of the floor into half time taking a 25-20 lead into the break. The Warriors came out sluggish and struggled in the third quarter allowing New Life Camp to close the gap. In the fourth New Life and the Warriors went back and forth trading the lead several times. Late in the fourth with 20 seconds left the Warriors took the ball up the court down 42-46 looking to cut the lead and come back. The Warriors looked around on offense and found senior John Hauser for a clutch corner three that cut the New Life lead to 45-46. The Warriors fouled a New Life player and sent him to the line with about 7 seconds left. The New Life player made the first free throw but missed the second. The Warriors moved the ball up the court and found Madden in the corner for a three that would’ve put the Warriors up by one. Unfortunately the three rattled out and the Warriors lost by a score of 47-45. A tough loss for the Warriors but one that they can learn from. Madden lead the team in scoring with 16 points and had 4 assists. The Warriors look to get back in the win column against Grace Christian at home on Thursday, January 27th at home.
The Warriors traveled across town take on the North Raleigh Christian Knights on Thursday afternoon. The Warriors came out and set a great tone defensively with numerous steals and deflections. Ghalon Chisley was spry and active with 6 of the teams 13 points to give SDS a 13-10 lead going into the second quarter. The Warriors continued to befuddle the Knights with some great defense. SDS would own the quarter doubling NRCA up 18-9. Chisley stayed on the pedal slashing up the defense for 12 of the 18 points to give the Warriors a 31-19 lead at the half.
North Raleigh would answer in the third behind 12 points from guard Parker Hodgson. SDS could not find the mark in the third and drastically cooled off. Hank Madden tried to stem the tide with 5 points but the Knights would win the quarter 16-9 to close the gap to 40-35. The fourth quarter was a frantic battle between the two teams. North Raleigh would capitalize off Warrior turnovers to take a lead two-point lead with 40 seconds to go. The Warriors would execute and have a chance to tie with a pair of free throw opportunities. Seabrooks would miss both, but the Warriors would play some great defense and get the ball back to tie the game with 3 seconds to go on a Riley Berkoff drive to tie the score at 48 at the end of regulation.
The Warriors showed toughness in overtime with great execution. Timely 3 pointers from Cooper Berkoff and Hank Madden helped propel SDS forward. A pair of free throws by Riley Berkoff and a single free throw from Ghalon Chisley would seal the deal with 3 seconds to go despite a three-quarter court heave from Noah McKenzie to give the Warriors a hard-fought road 57-56 victory. Ghalon Chisley lead the Warriors with 21 points. Seventeen of those were in the first half! Hank Madden dialed it up from the outside with 15 points. The team was also buoyed by solid play from Cooper and Riley Berkoff.
Coach Coley added that "any win on the road is great. It was great to be on the winning side of things tonight. Our team was very disciplined and poised tonight. We played like a senior laden team tonight. This will be a good building block as we get into the meat of the conference schedule. I hope we can duplicate the level of execution exhibited tonight. It was great to see. We are grateful for the win.”
The team will return to play at home against New Life Camp on January 25th at 7:00pm.
The Warriors had a home game against Cary Christian on Friday, January 14th. The Warriors came into the game looking to continue their streak off their last win against Parrott Academy. The Warriors started off the game scraping and keeping it close but Cary started the game on an 8-0 run. The Warriors fought to keep it close and finished the first half down just 28-22. The Warriors weren’t done fighting. The Warriors and Knights went back and forth in the third keeping it within reach, being down 9 going into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the opponent made a couple of key threes in the fourth and pulled away far enough that the Warriors couldn't recover. The Warriors took a tough loss but look to learn from certain mistakes that were made and get better going into a the next games. Seniors Hank Madden and Riley Berkoff led the Warriors in scoring with 16 and 10 points each. Coach Coley told his team that they "played hard and that our defense was fairly solid. Struggling offensively after that was the difference in the game but I am proud of their effort." The Warriors look to get back on track on Thursday, January 20th at NRCA.
The Warriors traveled to Kinston, NC on Tuesday January 11th for the start of conference play against Arendell Parrott Academy. The Warriors jumped to an early in the first quarter on the back of some aggressive defense holding the Parrott to just 2 points in the first quarter, 9-2. The Patriots clawed back in the second outscoring St. David's 13-11. The Warriors held on at half 20-15. The Warriors looked past mistakes and poor third quarter performances answering with a 19-6 run and had a stellar third out scoring Parrott 19-6 behind stiff team defense and 8 points from senior, Hank Madden. By the end of the third the Warriors led 39-21. Madden led the team in scoring with 13 points and had 2 steals. Senior BJ Seabrooks also had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Never looking back, the Warriors shut down Parrott in the second half and secured their first conference win of the year winning 50-29. Coach Coley added that "it is a great win on the road. This win gives us a lot of confidence." The team plays Cary Academy at home on Friday, January 14th at 7:00pm. Please come support our Warriors!
The Warriors came back from winter break with a game away at High Point Christian Academy, the Warriors did not have a good night shooting from the floor averaging a poor 20% for the game. The Warriors' offense stalled and were just outplayed by high point. Senior Riley Berkoff was a bright spot for the Warriors, scoring 15 points along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Senior BJ Seabrooks also tacked on 5 points, 4 rebounds, and a block. The Warriors were simply unable to keep up with the Cougars and lost by a score of 76-28. The Warriors took this loss in stride and looked to fix their mistakes and play better in their next game against Fayetteville Academy. The Warriors only had 7 active players for the game but that did not stop them from having arguably their best half of the season where the offense and defense played efficiently and the Warriors only trailed by 1 going into the half. Unfortunately, the third quarter did the Warriors in as they only scored 5 points in the 3rd. Even with the lack of players and being down entering the fourth the Warriors fought hard and never gave up, even playing the last minute of the game with 4 players on the court. Seniors Riley Berkoff and Hank Madden lead the Warriors in scoring with 15 and 13 points respectively. In the end, the Warriors fell to Fayetteville Academy by a score of 58-47. The Warriors look to take this strong performance into conference play where they have their first game in Kinston, NC vs rival Parrott Academy on January 11th.
The Warriors traveled to Greenfield, NC over the break for the annual Greenfield Christmas basketball tournament. They played three games over a three-day span and competing in all three they finished the tournament with a record of 1-2 but got better every game. The Warriors started off opening night against the host team of Greenfield Academy. Greenfield hit the ground running outsourcing the Warriors 45-17 in the first half and never looked back. The Warriors tried to fight back but poor execution and sloppy play sunk the Warriors as they lost by a score of 76-32. Seniors Hank Madden and Riley Berkoff lead the Warriors in scoring with 10 points apiece. The Warriors looked to learn from their first game and clean up their play in their second game against Richmond Christian. The Warriors played significantly better against Richmond and were a lot sharper on both sides of the ball. The game was close throughout as both teams traded baskets no team ever gaining a lead of more than 7. Madden kept the Warriors in the contest scoring 16 points (a season-high for Madden), 3 assists, and 3 steals. The Warriors kept it close throughout but unfortunately lost in the end by a score of 43-38. The Warriors went into their third game against Raleigh Trinity looked to take what they had learned from the first two games and get the victory. The game was similar to the second in that it was very back and forth throughout the game. The Warriors entered into the fourth quarter down 35-38 looking to rally, and rally they did. Berkoff scored 8 points in the quarter singlehandedly outscoring Trinity. The Warriors near the end of the quarter found themselves tied with Trinity 43-43 with 1:03 left to play when Senior Ghalon Chisley drove baseline and found Senior BJ Seabrooks on a beautiful pass inside that Seabrooks converted which put the Warriors up by 2 with a minute to go. The Warriors’ defense clamped down and did not allow Trinity to score for the remainder of the game and won by a score of 46-43. Seniors Berkoff and Madden were named game co-MVP by assistant Coach Tiffany Clifton after a great performance by the seniors. Coach Coley added comments about the tournament saying "our players played so har. I am so glad that we were able to finish with a win. I hope this gives the boys some renewed confidence. We are proud of their ability to persevere and hold on through this tough part of the season. We will be better for all that we have gone through and the coaching staff I looking forward to the rest of the season!" The Warriors look to use their positive momentum after the break with their first game back being at High Point Christian on January 4th, 2022.