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After a long string of sub-par play through the early stages of the season, Warhill's boys basketball team appears to be hitting its stride.
The Lions were on a nine-game losing streak before upsetting Lafayette on Wednesday to snap the streak. On Friday, Warhill earned its second consecutive win when the Lions defeated York 71-63 at home.
Warhill's win would not come easy Friday evening as York's Rayvon Patrick put together one of the best performances of his career with 29 points.
Patrick put the Falcons on his back in the first quarter, scoring 12 points in the first eight minutes of play. Patrick capped off the first quarter in style, banking in a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and give the Falcons a 20-16 lead.
York gave Warhill fits in the first half with its slashing offense that repeatedly led to free throw attempts. Though while the Falcons attempted eight free throws in the second quarter, York shot poorly from the field during that same stretch.
On the other end of the court, Warhill got a lift from Terrell Ashby, who scored eight points in the second quarter.
The Lions were able to outscore York 16-13 in the second quarter, resulting in York holding a narrow 33-32 halftime lead.
Warhill's offense came out on fire in the third quarter as the Lions began heating up from the floor. The Lions connected on 10-of-16 field goals in the third quarter.
Patrick continued carrying the load for York on offense in the third quarter, scoring eight of York's 16 points in the quarter.
While both teams shot well in the third quarter, Warhill's defense forced key turnovers to take and stretch its lead to as much as eight points against the Falcons.
Trailing 57-49 heading into the fourth quarter, York had one final push late in the game to keep up with Warhill. Patrick scored six consecutive points to pull York within 57-55 of Warhill, but the Falcons were unable to get any closer for the rest of the game.
As Warhill's offense continued to attack the paint and draw fouls against the Falcons, York was forced to put up wild and often-contested shots out of desperation. The wild shots allowed Warhill to collect rebounds and close out the game.
Warhill (3-10) will hit the road in a tough game against Smithfield on Wednesday, while York (0-14) will look for its first win on the road against Poquoson that same day.
York: 20 13 16 14 — 63
Warhill: 16 16 25 14 — 71
York: Kimrey 4, Patrick 29, McFadden 10, Christian 13, Nanartowich 2, Martinez 5
Warhill: Belle 12, Anzola 9, Davis 14, Troy-Wilson 10, Ashby 17, Stovall 3, Brooks 6
3-point goals: York 3 (Patrick 2, Martinez), Warhill 6 (Troy-Wilson 2, Ashby 3, Brooks)
Grafton Outlasts Bruton's Second-Half Rally
Grafton staved off a fierce second-half rally by Bruton to earn a narrow 54-51 victory at home Friday night.
Despite holding a 12-point lead late in the third quarter, the Clippers still needed a key defensive stop toward the end of the fourth quarter to hold on to the victory.
Bruton held a three-point edge after the first quarter but struggled when Grafton came storming back in the second quarter.
Led by Bryce Alves, who had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Jacob Murillo, Grafton outscored the Panthers 19-9 in the second quarter and built a 35-27 halftime lead.
Grafton's lead grew to as many as 12 points during a low-scoring third quarter, but the Clippers began forcing shots on offense and committing turnovers.
The poor offensive possessions allowed Bruton to storm back, pulling to within 11 points by the end of the third quarter and cutting Grafton's lead to two points late in the fourth quarter.
Bruton had a chance to tie or win the game in the fourth quarter on one of their final possessions, but a strong defensive stand by Grafton held the Panthers scoreless as the Clippers were able to hang on to the win.
Grafton (12-2) will face a tough road game on Wednesday against Tabb, while Bruton (7-5) will look to snap a two-game losing skid on the road against New Kent.
Bruton: 19 9 7 16 — 51
Grafton: 16 19 6 13 — 54
Bruton: Wallace 2, Taylor 6, Adkins 6, Jones 18, Carr 11, Calloway 6, Danek 2
Grafton: Durant 5, Murillo 20, King 13, Alves 10, Brown 2, Parker 3, Hawkins 1
3-point goals: Bruton 5 (Adkins, Carr 2, Calloway 2), Grafton 6 (Durant, King 4, Parker)
Mason Wang Drops 31 in Rout of Poquoson
Three games in as many days was not a problem for Jamestown, which blew out Poquoson 82-41 at home Friday night behind a 31-point performance by Mason Wang.
Every player on the Jamestown roster recorded points in what proved a dominating performance by the Eagles.
Jamestown took a commanding 25-9 lead over Poquoson in the first quarter and never looked back. Jamestown outscored the Islanders by six points in the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 43-21 halftime advantage.
The second half was more of the same as Jamestown continued scoring at will despite bringing in reserve players off the bench. Jamestown outscored Poquoson 39-20 in the second half to take the easy victory.
Jamestown (12-1) will travel to take on Lafayette on Wednesday sporting a 10-game win streak.
Poquoson: 9 12 11 9 — 41
Jamestown: 25 18 26 13 — 82
Poquoson: Costulis 18, Erb 3, Taylor 5, Zalameda 5, McDevitt 5, Young 5
Jamestown: Jones 2, Greene 5, M. Wang 31, Devine 2, Brown 5, Jones 2, E. Wang 9, Schmidt 6, Lipscomb 2, Lansford 8, Fields 4, Swain 4, Klyman 2
3-point goals: Poquoson 2 (Costulis, Erb) Jamestown 8 (Greene, M. Wang 5, Lansford 2)
Lafayette Falls Short in Upset Bid Over Smithfield
Despite a valiant effort by Keyshawn Jefferson, who scored a game-high 23 points, Lafayette came up short during a 49-37 road loss against Smithfield on Friday.
Jefferson carried the scoring load for Lafayette with is 23 points, connecting on 8-of-11 2-point attempts but only 1-of-9 on 3-pointers. He also sank 4-of-6 free throws.
Other than Jefferson, Lafayette's scoring was limited, as Trey Neville was the next highest scorer with six points.
The Rams trailed Smithfield by five points after the first quarter and found themselves down 28-21 at halftime.
A poor third quarter by Lafayette saw Smithfield pull away and the Rams were unable to close the gap in the fourth quarter.
Lafayette (5-7) has now dropped back-to-back games and will attempt to rebound at home against Jamestown on Wednesday.
Lafayette: 9 12 7 9 — 37
Smithfield: 14 14 15 6 — 49
Lafayette: Jefferson 23, Edwards 2, Canady 3, Perozek 3, Neville 6
Smithfield: Ryan 2, Turner 14, Jones 13, Stafford 10, Shepherd 10
3-point goals: Lafayette 4 (Jefferson, Canady, Perozek, Neville), Smithfield 4 (Turner 2, Jones, Shepherd)
Tabb Trounces New Kent
Jalin Jordan's double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds paced Tabb to a commanding 82-63 win at home against New Kent on Friday.
Jordan and his Tabb teammates repeatedly diced New Kent inside the paint, scoring 82 points and connecting on just one 3-pointers in the game.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick start in the first quarter, building a 21-6 lead over the first eight minutes of play. New Kent showed more grit in the second quarter, outpacing Tabb by four points.
Despite New Kent's efforts, the Trojans still found themselves trailing 44-33 at the break.
The Tigers regained their composure in the third quarter and blew the game open during a 26-11 stretch. With Tabb's lead ballooned to 70-44, the Tigers were able to cruise down the finish line.
Tabb (8-6) will face a tough home game on Wednesday against Grafton.
New Kent: 6 27 11 19 — 63
Tabb: 21 23 26 12 — 82
New Kent: Lugg 5, Curle 5, Claytor 15, Brown 9, Cox 2, Woodley 8, Reeders 5, Downer 10, Amadeo 4
Tabb: Jackson 4, K. Brown 15, Jansen 11, A. Brown 2, Eleby 4, Ross 2, Myatt 2, Pearson 2, Jordan 26, Knapp 2, Hunter 4, Smith 8
3-point goals: New Kent 5 (Lugg, Curle, Claytor, Brown, Reeders), Tabb 1 (Jansen)
WCA Blows Out Alliance Christian
Williamsburg Christian Academy had little trouble downing Alliance Christian during a 95-60 rout at home Friday evening.
Led by Cle'Von Greene and Mike Duncan, each of whom logged 20 points, the Eagles controlled the game from the outset.
WCA doubled up Alliance Christian in the first quarter by a score of 18-9 before topping Alliance by three points in the second quarter to take a 42-30 halftime lead.
After a six-point WCA advantage in the third quarter, the Eagles blew the game open for good in the fourth quarter, outscoring Alliance Christian 27-10 over the final eight minutes.
WCA (14-3) will have a quick turnaround when the Ealges play St. Anne's-Belfield at Bishop Sullivan on Saturday.
Alliance Christian: 9 21 20 10 — 60
Williamsburg Christian: 18 24 26 27 — 95
Alliance Christian: Jennings 21, Britt 11, Prescott 9, G. Dickerson 4, Madkins 2, U. Dickerson 10, Z. Butts 2
Williamsburg Christian: Flanagan 4, Kean 3, D. Cook 9, Duncan 20, Brown 10, R. Cook 5, Greene 20, Radcliffe 4, Green 17, Stover 3
3-point goals: Alliance Christian 5 (Britt 2, U. Dickerson 3), Williamsburg Christian 5 (D. Cook, Brown, R. Cook, Greene, Stover)
HRA Cruises Past Christ Chapel
Hampton Roads Academy got 23 points from Brian Hart during a 64-49 win at home on Friday.
The Navigators took advantage of a poor shooting night by Christ Chapel and build an early seven-point lead in the first quarter.
With HRA shooting roughly 46 percent from the field, the Navigators were able to build a 27-18 halftime lead.
Christ Chapel began scoring more efficiently in the second half, but HRA was able to keep the visitors at bay and secure the 15-point win.
HRA (6-6) has now won three consecutive games and will visit Kellam on Saturday.
Christ Chapel: 11 7 17 14 — 49
HRA: 18 9 17 20 — 64
HRA: Humphrey 2, Hart 23, Picott 15, Mather 4, Phillips 18
3-point goals: HRA 3 (Hart 3)