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A rough shooting stretch in the first half could not slow Jamestown's momentum as the Eagles rallied to defeat Tabb 45-37 at home Wednesday evening.
To call the first quarter of Wednesday's game slow would be an understatement. Both Tabb and Jamestown struggled to find offensive rhythm as both teams went scoreless for the first three-and-a-half minutes of play.
A layup by Jamestown's Kent Klyman with 4:23 left in the opening quarter opened the scoring. Tabb responded with a 3-pointer and layup by Jalin Pearson to take a 5-2 lead. Late points by Evan Wang and Mason Wang gave the Eagles a narrow 6-5 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to Tabb's Jalin Jordan, who scored eight of his team-high 16 points in the quarter. Jordan also single-handedly outscored Jamestown, which scored seven points, during the second quarter.
Led by Jordan, Tabb put together an 8-0 run on the Eagles to take a 17-8 lead with roughly two minutes left to play before halftime.
A big-time corner 3-pointer by Mason Wang broke a painful shooting slump for the Eagles. A pair of free throws from Evan Wang with less than 10 seconds to go before halftime helped Jamestown pull within four points.
By the time the halftime buzzer sounded, Tabb held a slight 17-13 lead over Jamestown. It was a lead that felt larger than the scoreboard indicated given Jamestown's offensive struggles in the first half.
Jamestown Coach Donovan Bridgeforth attributed his team's slow start to being unfamiliar with teams coming prepared with a specific game plan against them.
"This is the first time for a lot of them that teams are coming after them instead of beating up on them," he said. "This is the first time they've seen people make big adjustments and have to adapt their game."
The Jamestown team that took the court in the third quarter more closely resembled the team that had defeated the likes of Grafton, Bruton and Lafayette earlier in the season.
After surrendering a free throw to Jordan, Jamestown went on a massive 21-0 run that spanned nearly the entire third quarter. During the stretch, Mason Wang connected on a trio of 3-pointers and the rest of Jamestown's roster was able to successfully connect on opportunities in the paint.
"I told the guys over the first two minutes, 'Go out there and take it," Bridgeforth said. "I think we started hitting the holes a little harder. That was our biggest thing, going in there and getting it."
A layup by Jordan with 51.7 seconds left in the third quarter stopped Jamestown's run, but the damage was already done. Jamestown held a commanding 34-21 that the Eagles carried into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles got a surprise lift from Ryan Jones in the fourth quarter to help close out the game. Jones logged seven points, including a 3-pointer that elicited a roar and chant from the Jamestown student section.
Layups by Tabb kept the score nearly even down the stretch, but Jamestown was essentially able to dribble out the clock over the final two minutes of the game to secure the victory.
Jamestown (10-1) will host Poquoson on Friday, while Tabb (7-6) will host New Kent on Friday.
Tabb: 5 12 4 16 — 37
Jamestown: 6 7 21 11 — 45
Tabb: Jordan 16, K. Brown 2, Pearson 5, Jackson 8, Eleby 2, Myatt 2, Smith 2
Jamestown: Swain 4, Klyman 2, E. Wang 6, Greene 4, M. Wang 16, Schmidt 6, Jones 7
3-point goals: Tabb 1 (Pearson), Jamestown 5 (M. Wang 4, Jones)
New Kent Edges York in OT
York came up just short of winning its first game of the season, dropping a tough 72-70 home game to New Kent in overtime Wednesday.
Two York players, Tyler Christian and Jack Nanartowich, had monster double-doubles for the Falcons. Christian scored 19 points and had 17 rebounds, while Nanartowich scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds.
York and New Kent battled throughout regulation, with the Falcons trailing 30-28 at halftime. A strong third quarter allowed the Falcons to tie the game up heading into the fourth quarter.
With York leading by four points in the fourth quarter, the Trojans battled back and tied the game late in the final stanza. Christian came up with a big block on a New Kent 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, York was called for an intentional foul with 18 seconds left and the game tied. New Kent's Kyle Claytor sank both free throws and put the Trojans up two points.
A missed jump shot on the other end of the court forced the Falcons to send New Kent to the foul line again.
However, a lane violation during a free throw prevented York from getting a solid final possession. Instead, the Falcons watched a final 3-point attempt rim out as the final buzzer sounded.
York (0-13) has now lost two of its last four games by two points and is still looking for its first win of the season. The Falcons will travel to take on Warhill on Friday.
New Kent: 15 15 17 15 10 — 72
York: 14 14 19 15 8 — 70
New Kent: Lugg 19, Curle 2, Claytor 13, Brown 13, Cox 15, McCaughan 2, Woodley 6, Downer 2
York: McFadden 18, Patrick 15, Kimrey 2, Simmons 2, Bert 2, Nanartowich 12, Christian 19
3-point goals: New Kent 7 (Lugg 4, Claytor 2, Cox), York 2 (McFadden, Patrick)
Warhill Ends Losing Streak, Defeats Lafayette at Home
Warhill earned a narrow 68-66 win against Lafayette at home Wednesday, snapping a nine-game losing streak in the process.
Jimmel Davis led Warhill with a team-high 14 points and scored nine points in the first quarter to help give the Lions a five-point lead after the opening eight minutes of play.
The second quarter was more evenly played between the Lions and Rams, with both teams scoring 16 points. At halftime, Warhill led a slight 39-34 lead over Lafayette.
Lafayette closed gap in the third quarter behind six points from Jason Adderty and four points from Keyshawn Jefferson. The Rams outscored Warhill 17-13 in the third quarter and pulled within one point heading into the final quarter.
The Lions hit crucial free throws down the stretch in the fourth quarter to hold off a late Lafayette comeback attempt. The Lions connected on 6-of-7 attempts in the quarter to help secure the win.
Warhill (2-10) will try to continue its winning ways at home against York on Friday, while Lafayette (5-6) will hope to rebound on the road against Smithfield on Friday.
Lafayette: 18 16 17 15 — 66
Warhill: 23 16 13 16 — 68
Lafayette: Jefferson 18, Woollum 9, Edwards 4, Adderty 12, Underwood 2, Canady 6, Neville 15
Warhill: Ashby 13, Brooks 9, Lewis 5, Stovall 3, Belle 9, Davis 14, Anzola 10, Brungot 5
3-point goals: Lafayette 3 (Jefferson 2, Woollum), Warhill 5 (Ashby, Brooks, Davis 3)
Smithfield Escapes Bruton Upset Attempt
Bruton's second-half rally against Smithfield fell just short on Wednesday, as the Panthers fell 39-38 at home.
The Panthers struggled to navigate Smithfield's defense in the first quarter, scoring six points in both the first and second quarter. The offensive struggles found the Panthers trailing 20-12.
Bruton rallied in the second half behind increased scoring from Daniel Jones, who scored a team-high 11 points.
The Panthers outscored Smithfield by two points in the third quarter and outscored the Packers by five points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Panthers, their comeback attempt fell just short as the Panthers came up a point shy of Smithfield.
Bruton (7-4) will try to rebound on the road against Grafton on Friday.
Smithfield: 9 11 11 8 — 39
Bruton: 6 6 13 13 — 38
Smithfield: Elliot 2, Turner 2, Jones 12, Gundy 2, Stafford 4, Shepherd 9, Moore 2, Tucker 6
Bruton: Taylor 6, Adkins 6, Jones 11, Carr 8, Calloway 1, Wallace 6
3-point goals: Smithfield 3 (Jones 2, Shepherd), Bruton 4 (Taylor, Adkins 2, Carr)
WCA Falls in Shootout at Virginia Episcopal
Williamsburg Christian Academy dropped a high-scoring road game against Virginia Episcopal School on Wednesday.
The Eagles struggled to contain Virginia Episcopal's Justice Kithcart, who scored a game-high 36 points. Wednesday's loss proved WCA's worst defensive performance of the season as the Eagles lost 91-80.
WCA fell behind by five points in the first quarter and saw its deficit grow in the second quarter. By halftime, VES led WCA 43-28.
The Eagles played better on the offensive side of the court in the second half, but VES continued to light up the scoreboard and keep WCA at bay.
WCA (13-3) will try to rebound during a home game against Alliance Christian Academy on Friday.
WCA: 14 14 25 27 — 80
VES: 19 24 24 24 — 91
WCA: D. Cook 9, Duncan 6, Brown 18, R. Cook 9, Greene 26, Green 12
VES: Arslanagic 11, Jones 25, Kithcart 36,Quinn 3, Teal 4, Helmer 12
3-point goals: WCA 10 (D. Cook, Brown 4, R. Cook, Greene 4), VES 6 (Arslanagic, Kithcart 5)
Grafton Cruises Past Poquoson
Grafton's boys basketball team cruised to an easy 70-41 victory at home against Poquoson on Wednesday.
The Clippers, which had lost back-to-back games heading into Wednesday, were able to overmatch an undersized Poquoson team in the paint.
With a solid lead in hand throughout the game, Grafton was able to cruise in the fourth quarter to a comfortable win.
Grafton (11-2) will host Bruton on Friday.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Grafton 70, Poquoson 41