Off The Bench
Maynor, Vikings hold off rival Hawks
Elizabeth City State 84 Chowan 76
By David Gough
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Elizabeth City State junior John Maynor was a mainstay in the Vikings’ starting lineup for most of this season.
While the guard was usually productive in that role, coach Shawn Walker still decided about four games ago that he wanted to see what Maynor could do coming off the bench.
It has worked out so far and none more so than in Saturday’s winter homecoming 84-76 win against Chowan at the R.L. Vaughan Center.
Maynor put his stamp on each half as he scored a season high of 25 points.
“I actually think he plays better coming off the bench,” Walker said. “He shot the ball extremely well tonight and when he makes shots, we can be difficult to deal with.”
Only eight of Maynor’s 25 came in the second half, but they all came at the most crucial time for the Vikings (12-12, 8-5 CIAA).
Chowan (12-10, 6-7 CIAA) trailed by just one, moments after erasing a double-digit halftime lead to tie the game 61-61, with 5:40 to go and Maynor began a 10-0 run with eight straight points of his own.
In succession, Maynor hit a 3-pointer in the corner, a triple from the right elbow and a layup to put ECSU up 72-63.
The homecoming crowd, who also gave a standing ovation to the 1968-69 CIAA-champion Vikings when they were honored for their 50th anniversary at halftime, was at its loudest all day when Maynor hit his second three in that span.
The 10 unanswered was capped off by an alley-oop from sophomore Omar Roberts to junior Tyjhai Byers.
Byers then had back-to-back blocks in the game’s final minute to prevent the Hawks from getting back within one possession. Roberts finished with 14 assists and four steals.
“(Roberts is) our best defender by far,” Walker said. “He’s a major energy guy and he really distributes the ball. We have to move him around to guard the best player on the opposing team.”
Chowan’s best player is guard Timothy Bing. The junior scored 19 points in the game, including eight points in a row to get the Hawks from down 59-53 to tied at 61-61.
Bing, however, was quieter in the first half, only scoring five points and committing three turnovers. Roberts had a lot to do with that.
While Bing struggled in the first 20 minutes, ECSU jumped out in front.
As soon as Maynor entered the game eight minutes in, he hit his first of seven 3-pointers in the game. He hit seven in 11 attempts (63.6 percent) on the day and five of them came in the first half.
Behind Maynor’s 17 points, the Vikings took a 44-32 lead into halftime. It was their largest lead of the game.
Eight of the nine ECSU players that entered the game in the first half contributed at least two points as the Vikings shot 18-of-34 (52.9 percent) from the field.
The game got a little dicey in the second half as the Vikings turned the ball over eight times, but ECSU continued to shoot the rock even better going 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) to hold off the Hawks.
Sophomore Shykeef Daniels finished with 16 points in the game.
Saturday was the first win in three tries for the Vikings this season against Chowan.
“I’m very happy about the win and it helps us in the northern division,” Walker said.
ECSU currently sits in fourth place out of six teams in the CIAA’s northern division.
Chowan 78, Elizabeth City State 61: The Lady Vikings (13-11, 5-8 CIAA) got off to a strong start in Saturday afternoon’s first half, but the the Lady Hawks controlled the final two quarters (12-10, 8-5 CIAA) en route to a double-digit win.
After allowing just 29 points to the Chowan in the first half, ECSU allowed 30 points in the third quarter alone.
The Lady Vikings didn’t hit their first field goal of the second half until a jumper from senior Jalyn Brown a little more than four minutes in.
That bucket halted a 9-2 run from the Lady Hawks that allowed them to take a 40-32 lead, but Chowan kept plugging away as it outscored ECSU by 14 for the third period.
The quarter was capped off by junior Mariah Coker’s three at the buzzer to make it 59-46.
“That was tough,” ECSU coach Antonio Davis said, of the third quarter. “I just didn’t think we played with any desire of wanting to fight against this team today. We made some defensive rotation mistakes and that really got us.”
The Lady Vikings originally made a run of their own to break away from Chowan with 10 unanswered to take a 29-20 lead in the second quarter.
They scored 15 of the quarter’s first 19 points to reach its largest lead of the game, but that’s when Chowan stole momentum.
After nine consecutive misses, the Lady Hawks went on a 9-1 run to close their deficit to just one by halftime.
“We just didn’t finish the quarter,” Davis said. “The last couple minutes of the second quarter really got us. It swung the momentum.”
ECSU fought to get within seven by the middle of the fourth quarter and had a chance to get back within four before a turnover. Chowan managed to stop any Lady Viking run the rest of the way.
The Lady Hawks were led by senior Jordan Pettaway’s 15 points, while Coker finished with 14. ECSU was led by Brown’s 18 points.