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A barrage of 3-pointers by Grafton proved enough to propel the Clippers to a comfortable 66-51 victory against Bruton on the road Friday evening.
Grafton, a team that prides itself on its 3-point shooting prowess, was able to find open looks from all over the court through set plays designed to get shooters like Brent Parker and Adam King open beyond the 3-pointer arc.
"We're going to shoot a lot of 3-pointers night in and night out," Grafton Coach Jeremy Jordan said. "We have five guys that on any given night can get going. If two, three or four of them get going, we're going to be tough to beat."
Such was the case Friday night as Parker, who finished with a game-high 18 points despite leaving the game in the second half with a foot injury, splashed back-to-back 3-pointers in the first quarter.
The second quarter proved more of the same as Parker hit another 3-pointers and King nailed his first 3-pointer of the evening.
Leading 13-6 after the first quarter, Grafton opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run, which was spurred on by a pair of free throws by Parker, a layup by Bryce Alves and a King's 3-pointer.
Bruton attempted to respond to Grafton's offense by slowing the game down and driving to the hole. And while the Panthers shot eight free throws in the second quarter, the slower pace of play never affected the Clippers as they built a 31-17 halftime lead.
Instead of cooling off during halftime, Grafton returned in the third quarter with more 3-pointers. Parker, King and Kiran Durant all nailed 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped grow Grafton's lead to 46-26 by the end of the third.
"I saw a group of guys that does a good job playing unselfishly," Jordan about his team. "If they can continue to worry about the end result as a team philosophy instead of individual scoring, we're going to continue to win a lot of games around here."
After 24 minutes of offensive struggles, Bruton finally found its rhythm in the fourth quarter as Donevan Adkins, Daniel Jones an Zack Calloway all recorded their best quarters. Adkins and Calloway each had seven points in the quarter, while Jones logged nine points for Bruton.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, the scoring outburst proved too little, too late as Grafton was able to keep its distance and cruise to the win.
Grafton (2-0) will host Tabb on Wednesday, while Bruton (0-2) faces a quick turnaround on the road against Poquoson on Saturday.
Grafton: 13 18 15 20 — 66
Bruton:6 11 9 25 — 51
Grafton: Parker 18, Alves 11, Murillo 8, Durant 13, King 11, Brown 2, Hawkins 3
Bruton: Taylor 4, Adkins 16, Jones 17, Calloway 10, Barnes 2, Carr 2
3-point goals: Grafton 8 (Parker 4, Durant, King 3), Bruton 2 (Adkins, Calloway)
Warhill Dominates Boards En Route to Rout of York
Second-chance points and 3-pointers were the key to victory for Warhill as the Lions defeated York on the road 73-49 on Friday.
While York missed 17 first-half layup attempts, Warhill was able to capitalize on 19 second-chance points in the game. Additionally, the Lions sank 10 3-pointers during the win.
After York edged Warhill in the first quarter, the Lions dominated the boards and caught fire from behind the 3-point line. With a 22-9 second-half advantage, the Lions were able to head into halftime with a 29-18 lead.
The Lions never looked back as the Falcons could not keep pace with the Warhill offense in the second half.
Warhill (1-1) will have a big game next week when the Lions host Smithfield on Wednesday. Meanwhile, York (0-2) will try to rebound with a home game against Poquoson that same night.
A full box score was not provided for this game.
Warhill: 7 22 24 20 — 73
York: 9 9 13 18 —49
Warhill: Stovall 18, Davis 17
York: Patrick 14
Smithfield Holds Off Challenge From Lafayette
Poor free throw shooting in the fourth quarter kept Lafayette from scoring a potentially major upset at home against Smithfield on Friday.
The Rams shot a dismal 2-of-11 down the stretch from the free throw line and eventually dropped the game 56-40.
Smithfield jumped on the Rams in the first quarter, building a seven-point lead by the end of the first eight minutes. By halftime the lead had grown to nine points.
Lafayette pulled within six points of the Packers following a strong third quarter, but poor free throw shooting in the fourth quarter allowed Smithfield to pull away for a comfortable victory.
Timmy Woollum returned from injury for Lafayette and led the team with 11 points, while Keyshawn Jefferson added 10.
Lafayette (2-1) will now prepare for a road game against Jamestown on Wednesday.
Smithfield: 16 13 11 18 — 58
Lafayette: 9 11 14 6 — 40
Smithfield: Stafford 20, Jones 16, Shepherd 14, Moore 2, Pierce 4
Lafayette: Woollum 11, Jefferson 10, Edwards 8, Canaday 5, Adderty 3, Neville 3
3-point goals: Smithfield 4 (Jones 2, Shepherd 2), Lafayette 5 (Jefferson 2, Woollum 3)
Eagles Soar Over Poquoson
Eleven of Jamestown's 13 players scored points during Friday's decisive 83-33 road win against Poquoson.
In a game that was never contested, Jamestown was able to get every player crucial court time during the front part of the season.
Leading the way for the Eagles was Evan Wang, who scored a game-high 17 points. Connor Swain had 15 points, and Diamontae Brown added 11 points.
Jamestown (2-0) will now prepare for a tough road test against Smithfield on Monday.
Jamestown: 21 12 28 22 — 83
Poquoson: 3 10 15 5 — 33
Jamestown: Ry. Jones 9, Ra. Jones 7, Devine 1, Smith 9, Swain 15, Lipscomb 3, M. Wang 7, E. Wang 17, Greene 1, Fields 4, Brown 11
Poquoson: Costulis 16, Schuhart 7, Callaway 2, Taylor 2, Zalameda 4, Biddle 2
3-point goals: Jamestown 6 (Ra. Jones 2, Ry. Jones, M. Wang, E. Wang 2), Poquoson 2 (Costulis 2)
Tabb Rallies in Second Half to Defeat New Kent
After a sequence of three consecutive technical fouls called on Tabb players in the third quarter, the Tigers outscored New Kent 35-12 en route to a commanding 71-58 victory on the road Friday.
After an evenly-played first half by both teams, New Kent jumped on Tabb to open the third quarter thanks to penalties called on the Tigers.
As if inspired by the fouls, Tabb players responded with a monster run that carried the Tigers from the middle of the third quarter until the final buzzer sounded.
The Tabb players stepped up the aggressiveness in the fourth quarter, drawing 22 foul shot attempts over the final eight minutes of play and sinking 13.
Tabb (1-1) will now look to continue its winning ways during a road game at Grafton on Wednesday.
Tabb: 8 22 14 27 — 71
New Kent: 8 22 16 12 — 58
Tabb: Jackson 8, Brown 22, Jansen 9, Eleby 8, Ross 2, Pearson 6, Jordan 12, Hunter 3, Smith 1
New Kent: Lugg 1, Curley 3, Ashford 3, Claytor 23, Brown 7, Cox 3, McLaughlan 4, Reeder 8, Downer 4, Amadeo 2
3-point goals: Tabb 1 (Eleby), New Kent 8 (Curley, Ashford, Claytor 4, Brown, C0x)
Tough Third Quarter Sinks Walsingham Against Amelia Academy
The Walsingham Academy boys basketball team dropped a 53-51 contest to Amelia Academy during the first round of the Dale Travis Invitational at Trinity Episcopal on Friday.
Walsingham started the game on fire, scoring 22 points in the first quarter behind nine points from Richard Washington and another six points from Dusan Vicentic. After eight minutes of play, the Trojans had a 13-point lead over Amelia Academy.
Amelia Academy senior Trevor Lewis helped slow the bleeding in the second quarter, dropping 10 of his 12 points in the quarter to make the halftime score 38-26 in favor of the Trojans.
The second half belonged to Amelia Academy as Walsingham lacked aggressiveness and struggled to hit the open looks it had. Conversely, Amelia Academy players got big performances in the third quarter by Kameron Harris and Imrane Amadou, who each scored six points in the quarter.
With Walsingham Academy trailing by one point after three quarters, the Trojans continued to struggle finding baskets on the offensive end as both teams had their share of offensive woes in the fourth quarter.
Amelia Academy did just enough in the fourth quarter to hang on to the victory and advance to the finals of the Travis Dale Invitational.
Walsingham Academy (3-1) will now prepare to take on Hampton Roads Academy in the consolation round of the tournament Saturday.
Walsingham Academy: 22 16 5 8 — 51
Amelia Academy: 9 17 18 9 — 53
Walsingham Academy: Gero 3, Blow 2, West 5, Washington 15, Demodna 2, Stewart 9, Vicentic 15
Amelia Academy: Lewis 12, Turner 8, Harris 9, Amadou 12, Anderson 10, Huff 2
3-point goals: Walsingham 6 (Gero, West, Washington 2, Stewwart, Vicentic), Amelia 6 (Lewis 2, Harris 2, Anderson 2)
HRA Dropped by Trinity Episcopal
Hampton Roads Academy struggled to keep pace against Trinity Episcopal during a 79-47 loss in the Dale Travis Invitational at Trinity Episcopal on Friday.
After a relatively even first quarter of play, Trinity Episcopal began pouring in the points from multiple scorers.
Despite 18 points from Anthony Picott and 11 from Bryan Hart, the Navigators could not keep pace during the loss.
HRA (0-2) will now prepare to play Walsingham Academy in the consolation round on Saturday.
Hampton Roads Academy: 12 6 19 10 — 47
Trinity Episcopal School: 15 22 19 23 — 79
HRA: Humphry 6, Hart 11, Picott 18, Mather 4, Phillips 3, Canavos 1, Jimmison 2, Carlos 2
Trinity: Bowen 3, Duhart 11, Jacobs 16, Merritte 2, Brassington 12, Aiken 6, Armstrong 18, Bacot 9, Nelson 3
3-point goals: HRA 3 (Humphry 2, Picott), Trinity 6 (Bowen, Brassington, Aiken 2, Armstrong, Nelson)