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After having its first boys basketball game of the season suspended earlier in the week because of dangerous conditions on the opposition's court, Williamsburg Christian Academy officially opened its season with a commanding 94-51 win at home against Norfolk Christian on Tuesday.
Leading the way for WCA was Old Dominion University commit Xavier Green, who logged 26 points that included multiple alley-oops and thunderous slam dunks that brought the WCA fans to their feet.
The Eagles started the first quarter in dominating fashion, pulling ahead 11-0 within the first three minutes of the game. By the end of the opening eight minutes of play, the Eagles had a 21-point lead over Norfolk Christian, which was limited to two points in the quarter.
Norfolk Christian found its footing in the second quarter as the Ambassadors began attacking the paint and earning foul shots.
For each shot the Ambassadors made, WCA was quick to counter with a basket of its own. Grafton transfer Cle'Von Greene made his presence felt in the second quarter with six points, which was close behind Green's eight points in the quarter.
At halftime, WCA had a commanding 41-21 lead over Norfolk Christian.
The game broke open in the third quarter as both teams came out of halftime playing at a break-neck pace. WCA executed some show-stopping acrobatics in the opening moments of the second half.
Coming off a steal in transition, Greene threw down a monster one-handed dunk over a Norfolk Christian defender that drew wild applause from those in attendance. On WCA's next possession, Greene sent a perfectly placed alley-oop to Green, who finished with a two-handed dunk.
"That's just God-given talent. That's nothing I can teach," WCA Coach Chris Brown said.
WCA's Andre Brown had his best showing of the game in the third quarter when he dropped 11 points, including one of WCA's four 3-pointers. Brown's big quarter helped the Eagles outpace the Ambassadors 31-21 in the third quarter to put the scoreboard at 72-42.
The fourth quarter featured more high-flying play from the Eagles, as alley-oops and open dunks in transition proved to be in abundance. Despite the Eagles playing most of their bench players in the fourth quarter, WCA was able to put up another 22 points before the final buzzer sounded.
"That's a great way to open the season," Brown said. "We moved the ball. We played a lot of pressure defense. On the offensive end we got rebounds. We shot the ball pretty well tonight, and guys were finishing around the rim."
WCA (1-0) will continue its season Nov. 30 with a home game against Denbigh Baptist.
Norfolk Christian: 2 19 21 9 — 51
Williamsburg Christian Academy: 23 18 31 22 — 94
Norfolk Christian: Thorogood 6, Coley 12, Brown 5, Williams 7, Hatcher 13, McCarthy 4, Allen-Cardenas 4
Williamsburg Christian Academy: Flanagan 9, Kean 2, D. Cook 5, Duncan 6, Brown 11, Greene 15, Noray 2, Ortiz 2, Green 26, Anderson 1, R. Cook 11, Radcliffe 3
3-point goals: Norfolk Christian 5 (Coley 2, Hatcher 2, Brown), Williamsburg Christian Academy 4 (Flanagan, D. Cook, Brown, Green)