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Wednesday's rivalry game between Jamestown and Lafayette is without a doubt an early contender for Bay Rivers District game of the year.
Behind 22 points from Mason Wang, which included six 3-pointers, Jamestown was able to withstand a late flurry by Lafayette during a thrilling 64-62 victory at home.
"That was an exciting first home game," Jamestown Coach Donovan Bridgeforth said with a smile after the game. "It's good to see a Jamestown-Lafayette game that really matters."
Jamestown put together an offensive clinic over the first two quarters of play. The Eagles opened the first quarter on an 8-0 run sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers by Mason Wang and a steal that led to an easy layup for Evan Wang.
The momentum did not slow, as the Wang brothers proved nearly unstoppable from the field. While Mason Wang continued to drain 3-pointers, Evan Wang was able to drive the lane or pull up for mid-range jumpers.
"I was just taking my time. Once I got my first shot to go down, I just started making everything else," Mason Wang said of his first-half performance.
After trailing by eight points with one quarter in the books, Lafayette changed up its strategy in the second quarter and began attacking the heart of the Jamestown defense.
Lafayette repeatedly drove the lane in the second quarter and was able to attempt nine free throws to keep the game close.
While the Rams attempted to slow the game down, Jamestown's hot shooting continued as Kevin Green splashed a pair of 3-pointers.
By the time the dust settled, Jamestown held a 43-30 lead over the Rams at halftime.
The second half was a role reversal for both teams, as Jamestown's once hot hand cooled off and Lafayette found its touch from behind the 3-pointer line.
Lafayette's Antoine Canaday opened the second half with an aggressive streak of play, scoring the first six points of the half for Lafayette with powerful drives to the hole.
The Rams strung together a 9-2 run to pull within 52-45 with 1:13 left in the third quarter.
With 18 seconds left in the quarter, Devin Underwood calmly drained a 3-pointer to bring Lafayette within four points of Jamestown. However, Green responded for Jamestown with a 3-pointer of his own as time expired in the quarter before staring down the Lafayette student section in attendance.
Lafayette continued its strong play in the fourth quarter, opening the final stanza on a 4-0 run to pull within three points of the Eagles.
Mason Wang, who made two field goals in the second half after a 16-point first half, came up with a big 3-pointer for Jamestown with 4:38 left in the game. In what became a theme down the stretch, Lafayette's Trey Neville countered with a 3-pointer on the next possession.
With 29 seconds left in the game and Jamestown leading 60-57, Connor Swain sank two free throws to put the Eagles up five. On Lafayette's next possession, Canaday drilled a 3-pointer from the left side to bring Lafayette within two points for the first time in the game.
Lafayette immediately fouled off Jamestown's inbound attempt and sent Evan Wang to the free throw line. Wang sank both and gave Jamestown a four point advantage with 16 seconds left.
As the game looked like it was starting to potentially slip away in the fourth quarter, Bridgeforth told his players that championship-caliber teams find a way to win tough games.
"We continue to try to push them to be champions," he said after the game. "They found some small hole and they found a way."
On Lafayette's next possession, Keyshawn Jefferson rushed down the court, hit a layup and drew a foul. With a chance to pull within one point, Jefferson clanked his free throw off the back iron and forced the Rams to foul Jamestown again to extend the game.
With Jamestown's Michael Schmidt at the line facing a 1-and-1, Schmidt went just long on the front end and gave Lafayette one final chance to tie or win the game.
Lafayette point guard Timmy Woollum rushed the ball down the court, but made an errant pass attempt ended the game without a shot attempt for the Rams.
Jamestown (3-1) will now prepare for a home game against Grafton on Friday against the Eagles' coach last year, Geoff McCulloch.
For Lafayette (2-2), the goal is to snap a two-game losing streak during a home game against York on Friday evening.
Lafayette: 14 16 18 14 — 62
Jamestown: 22 21 12 9 — 64
Lafayette: Adderly 5, Neville 17, Canaday 19, Edwards 6, Jefferson 7, Woollum 3, Underwood 5
Jamestown: M. Wang 22, E. Wang 15, Brown 6, Devine 2, Swain 8, Green 9, Klyman 2
3-point goals: Lafayette 8 (Adderly, Neville 3, Canaday, Jefferson, Woollum, Underwood), Jamestown 10 (M. Wang 6, E. Wang, Green 5)
Durant Drops 30 Points in Rout of Tabb
Grafton's Kiran Durant scored a career-high 30 points during a 68-43 win at home against Tabb on Wednesday.
Most of Durant's damage was done in the second quarter, during which he scored 17 of Grafton's 22 points. During that quarter, Durant connected on three 3-pointers.
Durant's strong play helped give the Clippers a 37-22 halftime over the Tigers.
Adam King provided supplemental offense for Grafton in the second half. King drained four 3-pointers en route to a 14-point performance.
Tabb was led by K.B. Brown, who led the Tigers with 10 points.
Grafton (4-0) will prepare to host New Kent on Friday, while Tabb (1-2) will host Bruton that same night.
Tabb: 11 11 12 10 — 43
Grafton: 15 22 12 19 — 68
Tabb: Brown 10, Jansen 3, Eleby 4, Pearson 6, Jordan 6, Jackson 6, Hunter 6, Smith 2
Grafton: Durant 30, King 14, Brown 9, Alves 9, Izzard 2, Batte 3, Holmes 1
3-point goals: Tabb 3 (Brown, Jansen, Eleby), Grafton 8 (Durant 4, King 4)
Poquoson Outlasts York
Poquoson was able to outlast York on the road 52-41 in a game that saw both teams combine for 73 free throw attempts.
The first half was not kind to York as the Falcons shot a dismal 3-of-19 from the field over the first two quarters of play. Combined with an abundance of foul shots, Poquoson was able to build a 20-14 lead by halftime.
York had more offensive success in the second half, but so did Poquoson. While the Falcons were able to put together a strong fourth quarter, 13 second-chance points by Poquoson helped the Islanders keep their distance through the end of the game.
The Falcons were led by Rayvon Patrick's 15 points, while Jack Nanartowich added nine points in the loss.
York (0-3) will look for its first win of the season on the road against Lafayette on Friday.
Poquoson: 9 11 16 16 — 52
York: 6 8 8 19 —41
Poquoson: Costulis 12, Erb 1, Schuhart 10, Taylor 8, McDevitt 12, Young 9
York: McFadden 5, Patrick 15, Kimrey 5, Simmons 2, Nanartowich 9, Christian 5
3-point goals: Poquoson 1 (Costulis), York 1 (Nanartowich)
Smithfield Blows Out Warhill
Warhill was completely overmatched by the scoring prowess of Smithfield during a 99-46 home loss on Wednesday.
Despite 16 points from Jimmel Davis and 10 points from Lamont Lewis, the Lions were still unable to keep close to Smithfield.
By halftime, Smithfield held a 41-18 advantage. That lead ballooned to 75-28 by the end of the third quarter.
Warhill (1-2) will look to rebound on the road against Jamestown on Friday.
Smithfield: 26 15 34 24 — 99
Warhill: 8 10 10 18 — 46
Smithfield: Jones 23, Tucker 17, Shepherd 15, Turner 14, Stafford 8, Pierce 6, Ryan 5, Bryant 5, Elliot 3, Moore 2, Gundy 1
Warhill: Davis 16, Lewis 10, Brooks 7, Anzola 5, Troy-Wilson 5, Stovall 2, James 1
3-point goals: Smithfield 11 (Jones 4, Tucker 3, Turner 2, Shepherd 2), Warhill 3 (Davis, Brooks, Troy-wilson)
Bruton Cruises Past New Kent
Bruton got a well-rounded scoring effort from its starters to cruise to a 72-54 victory against New Kent at home Wednesday.
Led by Daniel Jones' 20 points, Bruton also got contributions from Zack Calloway (17), Jalen Carr (13) and Donevan Adkins (10) in the win.
Bruton (2-2) has now won back-to-back games and will look to keep its winning streak alive when the Panthers visit Tabb on Friday.
Bruton 72, New Kent 54
Bruton: Taylor 4, Adkins 10, Ford 2, Jones 20, Carr 13, Calloway 17, Teach 1, Danek 1, Barnes 2, Ashlock 2
New Kent: Lugg 2, Ashford 5, Claytor 23, Brown 7, Cox 7, Woodley 6, Readers 2, Armadeo 2
WCA Edges Amelia Academy in OT
Regulation was not enough for Williamsburg Christian Academy to take out Amelia Academy at home Wednesday evening.
Instead, the Eagles gutted out a 69-65 overtime win to remain perfect on the season.
Led by Xavier Green's 20 points, WCA found itself in a battle with Amelia for all four quarters of regulation.
Trailing by four points after three quarters, WCA managed to knot the game up at 57-57 and send the game into overtime.
Green took over the game in the extra period, scoring nine of his 20 points to lead the Eagles to victory.
WCA (6-0) faces its biggest test of the season Friday when the Eagles travel to take on Atlantic Shores.
Amelia Academy: 11 20 15 11 8 — 65
WCA: 13 19 10 15 12 — 69
Amelia Academy: Edwards 3, Turner 9, Morrow 12, Amadou 19, Anderson 15, Huff 4, Owens 3
WCA: Flanagan 3, D. Cook 6, Duncan 2, Brown 18, R. Cook 5, Greene 15, Green 20
3-point goals: Amelia Academy 6 (Turner 2, Morrow 2, Anderson, Owens), WCA 11 (D. Cook 2, Brown 4, R. Cook, Greene 3, Green)