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With a 7-1 record heading into Wednesday night's showdown against 10-0 Grafton, Jamestown had an opportunity to earn its first statement win of the year against one of the top teams in the district.
The battle of the Bay Rivers District heavyweights did not disappoint as the Eagles narrowly defeated the Clippers 56-54 in an overtime thriller at home.
"It's definitely a huge win," Jamestown Coach Donovan Bridgeforth said. "We're trying to model our program after [Grafton], but our guys are ready to be. I'm not sure what yet, hopefully it's champions, but they're ready to be."
The game was a slug fest from the outset as the two teams came out with intensity in the first quarter. Jamestown and Grafton were nearly even in the first quarter as both teams alternated attacking the paint and pulling up for 3-pointers.
Grafton completely took over the game in the second quarter after edging Jamestown 14-13 in the first quarter.
A normally hot-shooting Jamestown team connected on just one field goal and scored four points in the second quarter, one of Jamestown's worst offensive stretches this season.
Conversely, Grafton attacked the paint and used more all-around size to earn points. With 2:53 left in the second quarter, Grafton led 26-15 over the Eagles and the game appeared to be getting out of hand.
The Clippers held a 26-17 lead over the Eagles at halftime, which put Jamestown in an unfamiliar situation this season.
Trailing by nine points, Jamestown looked like a completely different team out of the halftime break.
Propelled by Mason Wang, who became a walking heat check for the Eagles in the third quarter, Jamestown put together an 8-0 run to pull within one point of Grafton in the third quarter.
Wang finished the game with 16 points, including 11 in the third quarter that came off a trio of 3-pointers.
"Once I hit one shot, I'm confident. And once I'm confident, I get all of them to fall," Wang said of his performance in the third quarter.
With the momentum on Jamestown's side, Kent Klyman drove to the rim and connected on a layup that gave the Eagles their first lead of the contest with 1:33 left in the third quarter.
By the time the third quarter ended, both teams were knotted up at 34 apiece.
With Jamestown leading 43-39 with 4:10 left in regulation, Wang found himself alone in the right corner where he splashed a big-time 3-pointer to put the Eagles up seven points.
On the other end of the court, Grafton's Kiran Durant drained a 3-pointer in response to silence the crowd. After Jamestown attempted to kill some clock on offense, Grafton's Adam King also hit a 3-pointer to bring the Clippers within one point.
A turnover by Jamestown on its next possession led to Grafton's Brent Parker being fouled and earning a pair of free throws. Parker sank one free throw to tie the game at 48-48.
Shots by Evan Wang and Michael Schmidt went wide at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Back-to-back layups by Jamestown in overtime gave the Eagles a three-point lead. Grafton responded with a layup by Isiah Hawkins to pull within one point with 27 seconds left.
A Jamestown turnover with 18 seconds left gave Grafton a last-second chance to win the game. Parker had an open look from behind the 3-point line with 10 seconds left that clanked off the iron to give Jamestown the win.
Jamestown (8-1) will travel to take on York on Friday, while Grafton (10-1) will try to bounce back from its first loss of the season on the road against Smithfield on Friday.
Grafton: 14 12 8 14 6 — 54
Jamestown: 13 4 17 14 8 — 56
Grafton: Durant 15, Murillo 7, King 14, Brown 1, Hawkins 3, Alves 6, Parker 8
Jamestown: E. Wang 17, Schmidt 13, M. Wang 16, Swain 6, Klyman 4
3-point goals: Grafton 7 (Durant 2, King 3, Parker 2), Jamestown 6 (E. Wang 2, M. Wang 4)
Tabb Rolls Past Warhill
Tabb extended its winning streak to four games as the Tigers cruised past Warhill 73-64 on the road Wednesday behind 31 points from Jalin Jordan.
Jordan's scoring was nearly even through all four quarters as he scored nine points in the first quarter, eight in the second and third quarters and six in the fourth quarter.
With consistent offense from Jordan, other Tabb players like K.B. Brown, Tyson Jackson and Jalin Pearson were able to supplement scoring as-needed.
On the other end of the court, Dcarius Brooks and Braden Troy-Wilson did most of the heavy lifting to Warhill. Brooks had 16 points with eight in the first half, while Troy-Wilson hit five 3-pointers during the game.
The Tigers never struggled to maintain their lead, building an 11-point advantage after the first quarter and a 12-point edge by halftime.
Tabb continued to pull away in the third quarter, extending their lead to 60-40 after three full quarters of play. The fourth quarter saw Warhill pick up its scoring but it was too little, too late for the Lions.
The Tigers (6-4) will host Poquoson on Friday, while Warhill (1-8) will host Bruton.
Tabb: 22 16 22 13 — 73
Warhill: 11 15 14 24 — 64
Tabb: Jackson 9, Brown 12, Jansen 3, Brown 2, Pearson 9, Jordan 31, Hunter 7
Warhill: Brooks 16, Troy-Wilson 15, Lewis 7, Hunt 4, Belle 13, Davis 5, Rosario 2, Brungot 2
3-point goals: Tabb 1 (Jansen), Warhill 5 (Troy-Wilson 5)
Smithfield Routs York
Smithfield had little trouble knocking off York during an 85-38 road win on Wednesday.
York, which is currently in the midst of an 11-game losing skid, played Smithfield tough in the first quarter. A late 3-pointer by the Packers gave Smithfield a five-point edge by the end of the opening stanza.
From there, things got out of hand quickly for the Falcons as turnovers led to easy points in transition for Smithfield. By halftime, Smithfield's lead had grown to 37-16.
The second half was more of the same as Smithfield continued to press the Falcons, leading to more turnovers and all-around chaos on offense.
Despite holding a sizable advantage, Smithfield continued its full court press deep into the fourth quarter and ran up the score on York.
York (0-11) will look to rebound when the Falcons host Jamestown on Friday.
Smithfield: 17 20 22 26 — 85
York: 12 4 12 10 — 38
Smithfield: Shepherd 9, Moore 9, Turner 7, Bryant 4, Jones 17, Pierce 7, Tucker 8, Stafford 13, Gundy 3, Robertson 6, Elliott 2
York: McFadden 5, Patrick 8, Kimrey 9, Simmons 4, Jordan 2, Christian 10
3-point goals: Smithfield 6 (Jones 3, Tucker 2, Moore), York 1 (McFadden)
Eagles Soar Past Benedictine
Williamsburg Christian Academy scored a big win against Benedictine at home Wednesday, defeating the Cadets 49-43.
Led by Xavier Green's 13 points and nine rebounds, the Eagles were able to build a slight lead over Benedictine in the first half.
Shooting nearly 46 percent from the field in the first half, WCA was able to take a 27-22 lead into halftime.
Scoring slowed in the second half for both teams as the defensive intensity picked up. While WCA's offense dipped slightly, the Eagles also held Benedictine to 28 percent shooting in the second half, which prevented the Cadets from mounting a comeback.
WCA (10-2) will host Broadwater Academy on Friday, looking to build a winning streak.
Benedictine: 11 11 13 8 — 43
WCA: 13 14 11 11 — 49
Benedictine: Thomas 5, Ellis 11, Royster 2, Georgiadis 2, Jimerson 6, Fowlkes 7, Roberson 4, Sally 6
WCA: Duncan 9, Brown 5, R. Cook 7, Greene 11, Green 13, D. Cook 4
3-point goals: Benedictine 4 (Thomas, Jimerson 2, Fowlkes), WCA 2 (Duncan, Green)
Bruton Knocks Off Lafayette in OT
Bruton withstood a tough challenge from Lafayette during a 67-63 home victory in overtime on Wednesday.
Lafayette came out the stronger team in the first half, outscoring Bruton by four points in the first quarter and by five points in the second quarter. At halftime, Lafayette led the Panthers 26-17.
The Panthers came out with more intensity in the second half, cutting into Lafayette's lead by six points by the end of the third quarter.
A low-scoring fourth quarter allowed Bruton to tie the game at 56 and send the contest into overtime.
Daniel Jones and Jalen Carr, who scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, helped lead the Panthers in overtime to a four-point victory.
Bruton (5-3) will travel to take on Warhill on Friday, while Lafayette (4-5) will host New Kent that same day.
Lafayette: 14 12 16 15 7 — 63
Bruton: 10 7 17 22 11 — 67
Lafayette: Jefferson 19, Woollum 11, Edwards 4, Adderty 6, Canady 16, Neville 7
Bruton: Taylor 3, Adkins 11, Jones 18, Carr 17, Calloway 2, Danek 12, Wallace 4