0

Wilson leads Bulldogs past SACA

 

 

CONYERS -- The Rockdale boy's basketball team wasn't used to having a losing streak, and Tuesday in Conyers, they played like they didn't want a new one starting any time soon. C.J. Wilson scored 24 points to lead a quartet of Bulldogs in double figures in a 96-82 victory over Southwest Atlanta Christian in non-region play.

Rockdale (3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak, which had been its first string of consecutive defeats since a two-game slide in December, 2008.

Rockdale led 72-71 with just under seven minutes remaining in the game when an 8-0 run gave the hosts an 80-71 cushion with 4:48 to play. SACA (0-4) got to within 80-74 on a field goal and free throw from Michael Morris, but the Bulldogs quickly built a double-digit lead, thanks to a pair of buckets by David Jelks (22 points) and six consecutive free throws from Wilson and Charles Moore (15 points).

Despite coming into the game winless, the Warriors' hot-shooting allowed the visitors from Atlanta to build a lead as large as 13 points in the opening 16 minutes. SACA went up 32-19 on two of Jalen Lee's 10 first-half points, but LeRonta Parks, who had an excellent all-around night, got hot, knocking down three consecutive three-pointers, while Wilson added two of his own to pull the Bulldogs within five with 55 seconds left in the second quarter.

Tai Dozier was the main culprit on offense for the sleek-shooting Warriors, scoring 19 points in the first half. The junior guard followed that with two quick three-pointers early in the third, but Rockdale adjusted and held Dozier without a point over the final 13 minutes of the game.

"We made an adjustment at halftime, made a little more uncomfortable," Rockdale coach Alvin Williams said of Dozier.

SACA took its last lead of the night on a field goal by Xaiver Bradford before Rockdale got a three-pointer each from Parks and Wilson to close the third.

Jovantae Simmons added 15 points and Morris, 13 for SACA.