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Wesleyan boys dominate Dunwoody

ROSWELL -- The Wesleyan boys, winners of six straight and nine of their past 10 games, didn't need any last-second dramatics this time.

Quite the opposite.

Six days after beating Providence Christian on Will Clifton's shot from past midcourt, the Wolves led Dunwoody by 21 points before the end of the first quarter on Monday in the MLK boys basketball event at Centennial.

"Our kids are doing things now relatively easy that was like trigonometry to them a month ago," Wesleyan coach Skip Matherly said. "That's a neat thing to see as a coach."

Wesleyan, Class A state champs in 2010, scored the first nine points, led 18-2 and 25-4 before the first quarter was over and defeated Dunwoody 73-52 to improve its record to 11-5.

Dunwoody, a Class AAAA school, came in with a 10-6 record. But the Wildcats, once a state power, couldn't stop Class A Wesleyan from getting to the hoop or cool the Wolves down from outside the arc.

Wesleyan shot 55 percent overall in the first half and finished 8-for-17 on 3-pointers as all five starters scored in double figures. The Wolves were also 11-for-12 from the foul line.

Clifton hit three of the treys and led the Wesleyan offense with 19 points. Shane Smith had 16 points, Takim Williams added 14 and Charles Mack and Drew Ritter each scored 10.

"We're getting better each game and the chemistry is very good," Matherly said. "It's a fun group to coach."

When 6-foot-5 Hudson Price moved to Florida in early December after his father, Mark Price, took a job as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic, Wesleyan lost its tallest player. But the Wolves controlled the boards against Dunwoody.

Smith, who will play at West Point Military Academy, grabbed 10 rebounds, Charles Mack had nine and Drew Ritter pulled down seven.

Wesleyan picked apart the Dunwoody defense while sharing the ball to perfection. Williams had five assists and Smith contributed three.

Dunwoody hit seven 3-pointers in an effort to cut into the Wolves' big early lead, but Wesleyan led 42-21 at halftime and was up by 27 before Matherly cleared his bench with less than three minutes to play.

Richard Carrington hit a trio of 3-pointers and led Dunwoody with 22 points.

Dunwoody was without coach Adam Griffin, who was ejected in Saturday's 74-70 overtime victory over Mount Pisgah Christian. Wesleyan hosts Mount Pisgah (11-5, 0-1) tonight in a Region 5-A, Division B game.

Wesleyan is 1-0 in Division B after its dramatic 52-49 victory at Providence on Clifton's buzzer-beating shot from beyond the center jump circle. All of the Wolves' 3-pointers were of the conventional variety against Dunwoody, when the victory was never in doubt.

"This was a good win for us," Matherly said. "Dunwoody had beaten some good teams."

Chamblee girls 66, Providence 35

Erika Gotfredson scored 24 points, but the Providence Christian girls got little offense otherwise in a 66-35 loss to Chamblee, Class AAAA's No. 1-ranked team, in the opening game of the MLK event at Centennial.

Lucy Mason scored 28 points to lead Chamblee (15-1). Breana McDonald scored 16. Providence, a Class A team, is 5-11. Chamblee's only loss came against Redan in a Region 6-AAAA game.