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In what has become an annual tradition, Walsingham Academy's boys basketball team squared off against Tabb in the middle of its regular season Monday evening.
The mid-season matchups between Walsingham and Tabb have produced some of the best games Walsingham Coach Billy Barnes has ever seen.
Monday's game will not go down as one of the better games in the series as Walsingham Academy cruised to a 62-47 win against the Tigers at home.
The game was not without intrigue in the early going as Tabb came out willing to battle head-to-head against the Trojans in the first quarter.
After Walsingham opened the game on a 5-0 run, Tabb responded with an 11-5 run of its own to take an 11-10 lead. The catalyst for the run was K.B. Brown, who scored nine of his 12 points in the first quarter.
The Trojans responded toward the end of the first quarter behind a strong post presence from 6-foot-8 big man Dusan Vicentic, who scored six of his 16 points in the quarter.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, both teams slowed down in the second stanza.
Attempts at driving the lane were proving fruitless for Walsingham, while Tabb's offense struggled to navigate Walsingham's 2-3 zone defense.
Of the two struggling teams, Walsingham came out the better thanks to a taller roster and being able to muscle into the lane for close-range takes.
By halftime, the Trojans held a 26-19 lead over the Tigers much to the chagrin of Barnes, who said he felt the Trojans came out flat in the first half.
"Tonight we learned we need to come out and play like every possession is the last one," he said. "We didn't play that way tonight."
The Walsingham players heeded Barnes' words and came out like a different team in the third quarter.
Led by Wake Forest commit Richard Washington, Walsingham outscored Tabb 24-9 in the third quarter. Within the first four minutes of the quarter, the Trojans found themselves on a 16-6 run.
Washington scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the quarter to lead the charge for the Trojans.
With the game out of hand, both teams began subbing in reserve players midway through the fourth quarter.
And despite the game not being as competitive as years past, Barnes was quick to praise Tabb for stepping up to play the game each year when other public schools turn down the opportunity.
"It's good for all of us. I think it helps them, and I think it helps us. There's no finer coached team than a Doug Baggett team," he said.
Walsingham (11-4) will host Peninsula Catholic on Thursday, while Tabb (7-5) faces a tough road test against Jamestown on Wednesday.
Tabb: 13 6 9 19 — 47
Walsingham: 14 12 24 12 — 62
Tabb: K. Brown 12, Pearson 4, Jordan 15, Hunter 2, Jansen 3, Eleby 3, Smith 3, Glass 5
Walsingham: Washington 23, Stewart 12, Vicentic 16, Demodna 6, Jones 3, Ptacek 2
3-point goals: Tabb 4 (K. Brown, Jansen, Smith, Glass), Walsingham 3 (Washington 2, Jones)
HRA Blows Out Hampton Christian
Devone Humphrey's triple-double helped lead Hampton Roads Academy to a commanding 78-49 win against Hampton Christian at home on Monday.
Humphrey did not light up the scoreboard, but recorded 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory. Anthony Picott led all scorers with 27 points on 12-of-17 shooting.
The game was out of reach early as HRA outscored Hampton Chirsitan 18-4 in the first quarter. A 25-11 second quarter in favor of the Navigators gave HRA a comfortable 43-15 halftime advantage.
A solid third quarter by the Navigators extended their lead by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter, which allowed HRA to cruise to victory in the fourth quarter.
HRA (5-6) will host Christ Chapel Acadmey on Friday.
Hampton Christian: 4 11 19 15 — 49
HRA: 18 25 29 6 — 78
Hampton Christian: Blair 3, Buckner 13, Norton 14, Mahn 4, Payton 3, Smith 12
HRA: Humphrey 10, Canavos2, Wingfield 3, Hart 16, Picott 27, Mather 2, Phillips 16, Carlos 2, Frasier 1
3-point goals: Hampton Christian 6 (Blair, Buckner 2, Payton, Smith 2), HRA 8 (Humphrey 2, Wingfield, Hart 2, Picott 3)
WCA Sinks Isle of Wight
Williamsburg Christian Academy put every player into the action during Monday's 76-34 road win against Isle of Wight Academy.
Using a balanced scoring effort that was led by Andre Brown's 17 points, WCA was able to establish a 10-point lead after the first quarter. The Eagles built on that lead after a dominating 26-2 second quarter.
By halftime, the Eagles led Isle of Wight 43-9.
The Eagles were able to begin substituting reserve players into the game starting in the third quarter and those same reserve players carried WCA down the stretch to the easy victory.
WCA (13-2) will travel to take on Virginia Episcopal School Wednesday.
WCA: 17 26 16 17 — 76
Isle of Wight: 7 2 13 12 — 34
WCA: Flanagan 4, Kean 2, D. Cook 6, Duncan 11, Brown 17, Greene 10, Radcliffe 2, Thomas 4, Ortiz 2, Green 10, Anderson 5, Stover 3
Isle of Wight: McCann 5, Bra. Casey 2, Jackson 2, Boyce 5, Bry. Casey 13, Worthy 3, Williams 4
3-point goals: WCA 5 (Brown 3, Anderson, Stover), Isle of Wight (Boyce, McCann, Worthy)
Bruton Knocks Off Washington & Lee
Bruton's boys basketball team earned a 63-47 road victory against Washington & Lee on Monday.
The Panthers held a 32-27 halftime advantage, but were able to stretch their lead in the second half to a comfortable victory.
Bruton (7-3) has now won three consecutive games and will host Smithfield on Wednesday.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Bruton 63, Washington & Lee 47