ROEBUCK — Height, quickness and an up-pace tempo were too much for the Nation Ford Falcons to contain, as Dorman ousted them from the Class AAAA playoffs in the first round with a 68-51 win.
Nation Ford stayed with Dorman much of the second and third quarters but couldn’t make up much ground. Dorman’s height and play on the baseline paced the Cavs for most of the game.
Falcons’ senior Riley Hilton led Nation Ford with 25 points. The Cavs’ aggressiveness on offense got them to the foul line often in the game as they went 21-35 from the charity stripe.
In the fourth quarter, Nation Ford struggled with its ball-handling, and a six-point deficit at the start of the quarter turned into a 12-point gap about four minutes into the final period.
“They had too much fire power for us,” said Falcons’ head coach Michael Tew. “I like how our kids played hard. That is all you can ask.”
The Falcons scored just seven fourth-quarter points and had seven turnovers in the final period.
Dorman’s quickness gave it the edge most of the game, and the third quarter was no different.
Nation Ford started the third quarter trailing by six points and tried to stop Dorman but struggled on the block.
Hilton hit a jumper about two minutes into the second half, which put him more than 1,000 for his career, moving him ahead of Taylor Yarborough for the school record, boys or girls. Yarborough set the record earlier in the week against Fort Mill and held it for about three days. Hilton finished his career with 1,009 points.
The Falcons kept pace, but the Cavs’ game was too strong as they drove the lane to find a way to the basket.
Nation Ford sophomore Hank Tuipulotu hit two big 3-pointers, for a team total of four, in the quarter.
The Falcons tried to match Dorman’s height to start the second quarter. Hilton and company were able to close the gap some, but the Cavs’ long-range shooting started to take effect.
Turnovers also started to hurt Nation Ford, as Dorman converted them into points to take a 28-19 lead.
The Falcons scrapped with Dorman to claw their way back into the game, but each time the Cavs hit a 3-pointer.
Hilton was the majority of Nation Ford’s offense in the first half as he scored 15 of the Falcons’ 25 points.
Nation Ford went to Hilton early and often, and he took a beating with a double team. That forced the Falcons to go outside.
Hilton was all the offense Nation Ford could muster, as they started to trap the ball and force turnovers.
Using their height, the Cavs also went inside early, which helped them get to the line. The Cavs upped the pace and forced Nation Ford to run with them, which caused the Falcons to struggle.
Dorman went on a 7-0 run as it moved the score from 7-6 to 13-7 in its favor, all by playing a run-and-gun style.
More pressure from Dorman on defense led to more Falcons turnovers, as they tried getting the ball inside to Hilton but struggled to do so at times.
Dorman 68, Nation Ford 51
NATION FORD 68 Riley Hilton 25, Mike Campbell 11, Hank Tuipulotu 6, Desean McCain 4, Cameron Holmes 3, John Kemp 2. DORMAN 51 Quantez Brown 18, Carlos Dotson 18, JJ Arcega-Whitesides 11, Collin Hill 11, Ricus Askew 6, Logan Holliday 2, Darius Williams 1, Zach Butler 1.
Team fouls: Nation Ford 23, Dorman 14. Foul shooting: Nation Ford 11-13, Dorman 21-35. 3-point shooting: Nation Ford 4 (Tuipulotu 2, Holmes, Campbell), Dorman 3 (Hill 3). Records: Nation Ford 13-13, Dorman 23-4.