WYE MILLS — Crisfield High pulled away from Colonel Richardson for a 62-40 victory Saturday in the second game of the Bayside Basketball Peake Tipoff at Chesapeake College.
Javen Smith led Crisfield (1-0) with 15 points. Chris Crawford and Rykell Waters added 12 each. CorTrey Fontaine scored nine and was a force in the paint all game. Diante Dickerson led Colonel Richardson (0-1) with 17 points.
Crisfield head coach Andre Collins called Smith a ‘model player.’
“Every coach would love to have a player like him,” Collins said. “He plays hard every day in practice. He works hard. And he shows out in the game.”
Both teams played aggressively and fouls stacked up quickly. Officials called 48 total fouls, including two technical fouls, between the teams. Both teams were in the bonus at the start of the second and fourth quarters.
Collins didn’t mind his team’s aggression.
“I want my guys to play with a chip on our shoulder,” Collins said. “Obviously, we don’t want to play dirty or anything like that. We want to always show good sportsmanship. But we want our guys to play with a chip on our shoulder because we don’t want to back down ever.”
Colonel Richardson head coach Brad Plutschak was pleased with the way the Colonels stayed poised when tempers flared.
The Colonels trailed by only four at halftime but turnovers and missed opportunities at the free-throw line did them in — they converted just 10 of their 26 attempts at the charity stripe. But Plutschak was proud of his team’s effort against a Crabbers team that went to the state semifinals last season.
“Effort is something we can’t coach,” Plutschak said. “It’s either there or it’s not. And they’ve got it, from the first guy to the last guy. Everybody we brought in was giving us everything they had.”
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday, as the Crabbers play at Cambridge-South Dorchester while the Colonels play at St. Michaels.