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Defense was placed on the backburner during a high-scoring contest between Bruton and Warhill on Friday evening.
Bruton came out the victor in the offensive affair, topping Warhill by a final of 90-71 behind two 25-point performances from Jalen Carr and Daniel Jones.
Though the game was high scoring throughout, Bruton’s advantage came mainly in the first quarter in which the Panthers outscored the Lions 28-15. For the final three quarters, Bruton outscored Warhill by six points.
Bruton’s first-quarter lead proved enough to sustain the Panthers in the win, as Warhill was unable to close the game, as neither team could slow down the other on offense.
The win marks Bruton’s best on the season and pushes the Panthers to a 6-3 record on the season. Bruton will try to build on that success with a Monday road game against Washington & Lee.
Warhill (1-9) will travel to take on Gloucester having lost eight consecutive games.
Bruton: 28 24 17 21 — 90
Warhill: 15 21 16 19 — 71
Bruton: Taylor 11, Jones 25, Carr 25, Teach 3, Danek 7, Wallace 6, Dockery 10, Barnes 3
Warhill: Ashby 10, Brooks 10, Troy-Wilson 9, Lewis 5, Stovall 2, Hunt 1, Belle 7, Davis 16, Rosario 2, Anzola 8, Brungot 1
3-point goals: Bruton 7 (Taylor, Carr 3, Teach, Dockery 2), Warhill 6 (Ashby, Troy-Wilson, Davis 3, Anzola)
Grafton Loses Late Against Smithfield
A late 3-pointer by Smithfield’s Keon Tucker proved enough to lift Smithfield to a narrow 50-49 win at home against Grafton on Friday.
The Clippers had a solid string of play going through the first three quarters, outscoring Smithfield by three points in the first quarter, playing even in the second quarter and outscoring the Packers by four points in the third quarter.
Grafton’s seven-point lead heading into the fourth quarter would not last, however as the Clippers committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Despite Smithfield pulling within two points late in the game, Grafton still held a narrow lead heading into the waning moments of the game. A 3-pointer by Tucker with less than a minute to play put Smithfield up by one point with time running out.
Grafton’s Bryce Alves got fouled on Grafton’s next possession, sending him to the line for a 1-and-1 attempt. Unfortunately, Alves missed the front end of the free throws and Smithfield collected the rebound, running out the clock in the process.
The loss marks the second consecutive for the Clippers as Grafton (10-2) faced a tough schedule this week with road games against Jamestown and Smithfield.
Grafton will try to rebound Wednesday with a home game against Poquoson.
Grafton: 7 13 14 15 — 49
Smithfield: 4 13 10 23 — 50
Grafton: Alves 15, Brown 2, Durant 6, King 15, Murillo 6, Parker 5
Smithfield: Jones 7, Stafford 19, Shepherd 10, Tucker 14
3-point goals: Grafton 7 (Durant, King 5, Parker), Smithfield 4 (Tucker 4)
Lafayette Routs New Kent at Home
Behind 25 points from Keyshawn Jefferson, Lafayette’s boys basketball team routed New Kent 82-59 at home Friday evening.
A hotly contested first quarter gave way to a strong second quarter for the Rams, who outscored the Trojans 20-11 in the second stanza.
Assisting Jefferson with the scoring efforts for Lafayette were Trey Neville and Antoine Canaday, who logged 17 and 11 points, respectively.
With Lafayette holding a 36-26 halftime edge, the Rams continued to build their lead in the third quarter by outscoring New Kent by six points.
The fourth quarter was more of the same as the Rams were able to comfortably cruise to victory.
Lafayette (5-5) will travel to take on Warhill in a Wednesday showdown.
New Kent: 15 11 19 14 — 59
Lafayette: 16 20 25 21 — 82
New Kent: Claytor 19, Reeders 13, Brown 8, Ashford 6, Cox 3, McCaughan 2, Woodley 2, Downer 2, Curle 2
Lafayette: Jefferson 25, Neville 17, Canaday 11, Edwards 9, Underwood 7, Ware 5, Adderty 2, Woollum 2, Logan 1, Terozek 1
3-point goals: New Kent 7 (Claytor 4, Brown 2, Cox), Lafayette 6 (Jefferson 3, Ware, Underwood, Neville)
Strong Third Quarter Lifts Tabb Past Poquoson
A strong second half, specifically the third quarter, helped Tabb defeat Poquoson 73-54 at home Friday evening.
After narrowly edging Poquoson 35-33 in the first half, a halftime pep talk got the Tabb players motivated heading into the second half. The talk paid dividends, as the Tigers outscored Poquoson 38-21 in the final two quarters of play.
The Tabb defense stepped up in the third quarter and limited Poquoson to six points in the quarter. On offense, Tabb continued to drive the lane and earn free throws, earning eight of its 20 points from the charity stripe in the third quarter.
With Tabb sporting a healthy lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Tigers put in reserve players for the final eight minutes of play. Arthur Smith helped the Tigers close out the game, scoring 13 of Tabb’s 18 fourth quarter points.
Jalin Jordan led the Tigers with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Nick Hunter added 11 points.
Tabb (7-4) will play a road game against Walsingham Academy on Monday having won five consecutive games..
Poquoson: 12 21 6 15 — 54
Tabb: 19 16 20 18 — 73
Poquoson: Costulis 24, Schuhart 6, Taylor 6, Biddle 2, McDevitt 6, Young 10
Tabb: Jackson 2, K.B. Brown 2, Jansen 6, Glass 2, A. Brown 2, Eleby 3, Myatt 1, Pearson 7, Jordan 22, Hunter 11, Cooper 2, Smith 13
3-point goals: Poquoson 4 (Costulis, Schuhart 2, Taylor), Tabb 2 (Pearson, Hunter)
Jamestown Dominates York After Slow Start
Jamestown won its seventh consecutive game Friday night as the Eagles cruised past the Falcons 72-39 on the road.
A slow first quarter allowed York to stay close to Jamestown through the first eight minutes of play. With both teams missing open looks early, Jamestown held a slight 11-9 advantage after the first quarter.
The momentum began to shift in the second quarter as Jamestown picked up its defensive pressure and began forcing turnovers. The turnovers led to easy points in transition, which in turn helped boost the confidence of Jamestown’s players.
With a renewed spirit, Jamestown dominated the second quarter to build a 36-16 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same as York struggled to deal with Jamestown’s pressure and missed the open looks that were available.
With reserve players in down the stretch, Jamestown was able to coast to a decisive victory.
Jamestown (9-1) will look to continue its win streak with a home game against Tabb on Wednesday. Meanwhile, York (0-12) will look for its first win of the season at home against New Kent on Wednesday.
Jamestown: 11 25 16 20 — 72
York: 9 7 9 14 — 39
Jamestown: Jones 2, Green 8, M. Wang 12, Devine 6, Brown 10, E. Wang 16, Schmidt 2, Lipscomb 5, Fields 2, Swain 5, Klyman 4
York: McFadden 7, Patrick 11, Bert 2, Martinez 1, Nanartowich 2, Dahl 6, Christian 10
3-point goals: Jamestown 5 (Green, M. Wang, E. Wang 2, Lipscomb)