Cambridge clinches the Bayside North with OT win over Easton
CAMBRIDGE, Md- Behind 28 points from Vejon Ashley, 7 in overtime, the Cambridge South-Dorchester Vikings took down Easton to clinch the Bayside North for the first time since 2016. With the 73-65 overtime win, the Vikings end their regular season at 17-5 and the loss drops the Warriors to 9-13.
The Vikings started out hot, opened up on a 9-4 run capped off by a Vejon Ashley one handed slam. After an Easton time out, the Warriors began to wake up. Easton went on a run of their own to end the first quarter, capped off by a Makhi Taylor buzzer beating three plus the foul to take the 17-16 lead headed to the second.
In the second quarter, the Warriors extended their lead to 4 prompting a CSD timeout to slow the run. Coming out of the time out, the Vikings got hot and took a 28-27 lead at the half. In the second half, the lead went back and forth the entire third quarter but CSD retained the lead 44-43 headed to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, the Vikings took an eight point lead inside three minutes and it looked like it was all over. After an Easton time out, they looked to make it a comeback. They came all the way back and cut the lead to two off of a Ryan O’Connor three with nine seconds to play in regulation. In the ensuing inbound, CSD botched the pass and turned it over right back to Easton. After drawing up a play in the timeout, O’Connor found Da’Quan Johnson wide open under the basket for the tying two with five seconds to play. The Vikings got one shot off but it did not fall so to overtime we went.
In overtime, it stayed close for the first two minutes. With the game tied at 62 with 2:15 to play, Vejon Ashley took over. Seven points from him in OT along with four from Donald Banks and an overtime win for the Vikings hands them the Bayside North title with the 73-65 win.
The Vikings will play WiHi for the Bayside title on Tuesday, the 25th at the Civic Center in Salisbury.
- Vejon Ashley: 28 points
- Logan Middleton: 14 points
- Donald Banks: 13 points
- Tyrone Crhistian: 8 points
- Acorie Young: 5 points
- Dajawan Jackson: 3 points
- Davon Linder: 2 points
- Grant Copper: 18 points
- Shawn Warner: 15 points
- Ryan O’Connor: 10 points
- Max Vener: 10 points
- DA’quan Johnson: 8 points
- Makhi Taylor: 4 points