Pompey surpasses 1,000 points as Central routs South
Wed. December 26, 2012 at 11:26 p.m. | By Mike Duprez
Central Davidson’s Chris Pompey lofts a shot against South Davidson during the NewBridge Bank Christmas Classic at Ledford High School on Wednesday. Pompey surpassed 1,000 career points during the game. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)
WALLBURG | Central Davidson didn’t figure to be pushed by outmatched South Davidson in the first round of the NewBridge Bank Christmas Classic.
That left it to Spartan coach Brian Hege to give his team a nudge.
Senior center Chris Pompey scored 21 points and surpassed 1,000 for his career while three other teammates reached double figures as Central ran away with an 82-33 win Wednesday night at Ledford.
Robert Biesecker and Will Ramsey each scored 11 points and Landon King had 10 as the Spartans improved to 7-2. Central will face host Ledford, which had a first-round bye, in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pompey needed three points to reach 1,000 and broke that barrier on a layup with 3:57 left in the first quarter. The game was stopped briefly as Pompey was presented with the ball and posed for a few pictures.
“I knew it was coming up,” Pompey said. “I didn’t think it would be this early. But it came early and I’m kind of glad.”
Hege, the county’s all-time leading scorer, was every bit as happy for his star player.
“It’s something he’ll remember for the rest of his life,” said Hege, who spent his prep days at Ledford and played for Appalachian State. “It came from a lot of hard work and his teammates getting him the ball. I’m proud of our team and Chris tonight.”
South had no one who could physically stop Pompey, who stands 6-6 and has the wingspan of a 6-9 player.
“I wish I could play but I can’t,” said South’s young first-year coach Matt Belk, who is 6-4. “It’s easy for him to score at will against us. We’re a little smaller than they are.”
The lopsided nature of the score notwithstanding, Hege still felt like he had to light a fire under his team at halftime. The Spartans trailed 2-0 and 4-2 early and it was a 22-13 margin with five minutes left in the first half before Central stretched that to 38-19 by intermission.
“I wasn’t happy with our first half,” Hege said. “I thought we were going through the motions, real lethargic. A lot of that was because we had one practice in five days because of the break. We had nothing to do all day except maybe play video games. A good team plays hard no matter what. I was very pleased with our second half.”
And his team got the message.
“We came out kind of lazy, honestly,” Pompey said. “Coach Hege got into us at halftime. He told us to pick it up, run the offense. We just did what he said.”
Hege urged his team to run the break when the opportunity came and loudly applauded when reserve guard Billy Colley dove for a loose ball after reaching in for a steal attempt. He liked it when his reserves went on a 15-0 tear in the fourth quarter to produce the game’s biggest margin, which was also the final margin.
The Wildcats (0-8), who were led by Davin Ball’s eight points, couldn’t keep up much like in the teams’ 77-31 game on Dec. 14.
“We’re just outmatched at every position,” Belk said. “We just didn’t execute at either end of the floor, offensively or defensively.”
Pompey, along with the rest of the starters, came out with 1:56 left in the third quarter. But this was no benching unlike when an irate Hege sat Pompey down for part of last Thursday’s game at South Rowan.
“He’s out of the doghouse for now,” Hege said.
Pompey, who was being scouted by Johnson C. Smith University and Davidson County Community College, confirmed he and his coach are on the same page.
“Oh yes for sure,” Pompey said. “It was just a little misunderstanding. He’s a great coach. We’ll always be tight.”
South will play in a consolation game at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Mike Duprez can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.