Dragons down visiting Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 January 2022 at 6:26 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Javon Jones grabs a rebound against the Pembroke duo of Tyson Totten, left, and Cayden Pfalzer during the Purple Eagles loss to the host Dragons this afternoon..

Improving to 8-2, Pembroke posted a 71-53 win over visiting Albion in a non league boys basketball game this afternoon.

Tyson Totten poured in 37 points to spearhead the Pembroke attack. Cayden Pfalzer added 12, Jon Suro 9, Alex Lamb 7, Dakota vonKramer 4 and Avery Ferreira 2 for the Dragons.

Shakarion Drisdom scored 15, Caleb Fox 14 and Jahmeek Riley 11 to lead Albion. Javon Jones chipped in with 6, Aquil Gaffney 4 and Ozzie Matos 3 for the Purple Eagles which slip to 0-5.

Pembroke grabbed a narrow 18-15 lead at the end of the opening period as Totten and Pfalzer each had a three and a two. Riley, Fox and Jones each score a pair of baskets to keep Albion close.

The Dragons then put together an 18-8 second period scoring edge to open up a 13 point, 36-23, lead at the half. Totten had a three and two layups and Pfalzer a three and a two to lead that Dragons surge.

The Purple Eagles though did come storming back at the outset of the third period putting together an 18-5 scoring burst to rally into a 41-41 tie with three minutes to go in the stanza. Drisdom scored 11, including a pair of threes, a jumper and a layup off a steal, to lead that uprising which also included a three by Matos.

However, Albion could not gain the lead as Pembroke rebounded with a key 9-2 run to close the period and regain the lead for good by a 50-44 margin heading into the final quarter. Totten scored 6 on three layups to spark that rally.

Keeping the momentum, the Dragons put a firm lock on the victory by outscoring the Purple Eagles 16-4 to open the final period and extend the lead to 18 at 66-48. Totten scored 13 during that key stretch on a three, three layups and four free throws.

Albion’s Jahmeek Riley puts up a shot against Pembroke defender Dakota vonKramer.