Quarterfinal Thriller

Aydlett, Williams power Camden past Perquimans w/Video

Camden 65 Perquimans 60

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Camden's JR Williams (with ball) goes up for a shot during the game against Perquimans, Monday.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CAMDEN — When sophomore Tim Aydlett is aggressive, the guard adds an additional scoring punch to the Camden boys basketball team.

On Monday night, Aydlett had the hot hand from the opening tip.

Aydlett scored a game-high 28 points as Camden defeated rival Perquimans 65-60 in the quarterfinal round of the Albemarle Athletic Conference boys basketball tournament at Camden County High School.

Camden senior guard JR Williams followed with 19 points.

With the win No. 4 seed Camden (13-12) advances to the semifinal round of the tournament to face No. 1 seed John A. Holmes (16-4) on Wednesday at Perquimans County High School.

The Bruins held a 44-43 lead entering the fourth and final quarter. 

When the Pirates made a push to take the lead, the Bruins countered.

One of the key stretches for Camden in the fourth quarter was when Williams was on the bench because of foul trouble.

The Bruins got key baskets from reserves Jackson Gay and Bradley Harrell.

“Brad gave us a great spark off the bench when JR went out with foul trouble,” Camden coach Mark Harnly said.

The coach added that Harrell’s left-handed finish for a basket along with his assist to Gay was outstanding.

The baskets gave Camden a 52-47 lead about midway in the final quarter.

Aydlett noted that down the stretch, the Bruins’ ball movement was good.

“We had to play solid defense,” he said. 

Harnly noted the best part of Aydlett’s performance in the contest was when he attacked the basket in the second half.

“When they took JR away, I loved how aggressive Tim was,” Harnly said. “[He] did things other than shoot the ball.”

Perquimans continued to fight as the Pirates got scoring from the free-throw line from DJ Signorelli and baskets from Malik Leach.

Leach led Perquimans with 20 points, while Signorelli followed 13 points and Karaye Twine had 10 points.

In the final moments of the game, Camden converted on its free throws to close out the game.

Camden put on a shooting clinic from the outside as the Bruins connected on 10 shots from behind the 3-point line in the first half.

Harnly noted that the Bruins had a similar start against Perquimans (11-13) in their regular-season finale on Saturday at Perquimans.

In Hertford, the Bruins made 12 from behind the arc in the first half of the 60-44 win.

Camden followed the same formula on Monday night.

“You play to the strength of your team,” Harnly said. “We did [Monday] night. In the first half, we really got it going.”

Aydlett scored 16 points in the first half.

All of his baskets in the first two quarters were behind the 3-point-line.

That included drilling a 3-pointer from the left wing in the second quarter while drawing a foul for a four-point play.

“It really hypes us up,” Aydlett said of making the shots in the first half. “It gets us going. Makes us want to play defense more.”

Aydlett’s shooting along with Brock Colson, who scored 14 points, and Williams paced the Bruins to a 30-14 lead with less than four minutes to go in the first half.

The Pirates closed out the half on a 6-0 run with baskets by Leach to trail 33-23 at halftime.

Perquimans brought the late half momentum in to the third quarter as Leach scored 10 points in the third.

Along with six points from Twine in the frame and Camden torrid shooting subsiding, the Pirates took a 35-34 lead about midway in the third quarter.

“We played very good defense in the second half,” Perquimans coach Thomas Johnson said. 

Johnson added that his entire team was aggressive in the second half.

“We knew what we had to do,” he said. “We had a good game plan. I thought our kids executed. We played very hard.”

Harnly was proud of the team effort in the contest.

The Camden coach noted that Yaheese Lynch also gave a solid effort on defense guarding Leach at certain points in the contest.

Anthony Cordy posted nine assists, while Williams had 15 rebounds.

“It feels good to get this win,” Aydlett said. “We’ve got to move on to Edenton on Wednesday.”

The Bruins, who secured a three-game sweep of the Pirates this season, will face the Aces, which won the AAC regular-season championship.

Edenton beat Camden in two games during the regular season.

In the first meeting in Edenton, the Aces won 46-39 on Jan. 13, with the Aces escaping Camden with a 40-39 victory on Jan. 26.


Perquimans 53, John A. Holmes 50: The No. 5 seed Lady Pirates (11-11) knocked off No. 4 seed Edenton on Monday night in a quarterfinal round matchup in the Albemarle Athletic Conference girls basketball tournament.

McCrae Knapp led Perquimans with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists, Kayle Knapp followed with 12 points and four rebounds, while Chyna Elliott posted four points, six rebounds and two steals in the win.

Perquimans coach Aaron Burke noted that it was a team effort in the final moments of the game.

The Lady Pirates converted on 25-of-30 shots from the free-throw line in the win.

Edenton falls to 9-11 on the season.

Perquimans will take on No. 1 seed Plymouth in the semifinal round of the tournament on Wednesday at Perquimans.

Gates 36, Camden 26: The Lady Bruins (3-21) end their season in the quarterfinal round of the Albemarle Athletic Conference on Monday evening at Gates County High School.

Gates (14-9) advances to the semifinal round to take on No. 2 seed Manteo on Thursday.