Boys Basketball Roundup: Bruton Guarantees Spot in Group 2A State Tournament is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Daniel Jones scored a game-high 23 points on Tuesday. (file photo)
Daniel Jones scored a game-high 23 points on Tuesday. (File Photo)

After a one-year hiatus, Bruton’s boys basketball team will be returning to the Group 2A state tournament after defeating Robert E. Lee 61-56 at home during Tuesday’s Group 2A East quarterfinal game.

Bruton never grew its lead against Robert E. Lee to a comfortable amount, but Daniel Jones’ game-high 23 points made sure the Panthers were guaranteeing their spot in the state tournament.

The Panthers led by one point after the first quarter and held a slight 30-28 halftime lead.

Robert E. Lee battled back in the third quarter, cutting Bruton’s lead to one point heading into the final quarter of play.

During the fourth quarter, Bruton was able to extend its lead by four points and secure the five-point victory that guarantees the Panthers a spot in the Group 2A state tournament.

Before Bruton (18-5) focuses on the state tournament, the Panthers will host George Mason in the Group 2A East semifinal round Thursday.

Robert E. Lee: 16 12 12 16 — 56
Bruton: 17 13 11 20 — 61

Robert E. Lee: Brown 8, George 22, J. Williams 6, Vaughan 6, Haliburton 4, H. Williams 2, Johnson 4, Taylor 4
Bruton: Taylor 4, Adkins 7, Jones 23, Carr 14, Calloway 13
3-point goals: Robert E. Lee 1 (George), Bruton 3 (Carr 3)


Jamestown Season Ends Against Lake Taylor

Jamestown’s Cinderella season came to an end Tuesday evening as the Eagles were defeated 62-54 on the road against Lake Taylor in the quarterfinal round of the Group 4A East playoffs.

The Eagles hung with Lake Taylor in the first quarter and trailed by just four points after the opening eight minutes of play.

However, Lake Taylor extended its lead in the second quarter, outscoring Jamestown 17-10. Lake Taylor held a 33-22 halftime advantage over the Eagles.

Jamestown Coach Donovan Bridgeforth attributed Jamestown’s second-quarter slump to his players being unfamiliar with an intense playoff atmosphere.

The Eagles rallied in the third quarter behind strong guard play from Mason Wang, Evan Wang and Diamantae Brown. Jamestown cut Lake Taylor’s lead by seven points heading into the fourth quarter thanks to the third-quarter comeback.

Unfortunately for Jamestown, the Titans were able to withstand the Eagles’ upset bid in the fourth quarter, extend their lead by four points and close out the game.

Jamestown ends its season with a final record of 17-6.

“I’m very satisfied with how hard the kids worked to change the culture at Jamestown,” Bridgeforth said. “I’m ready for our offseason so we can work relentlessly to chase a state championship next year.”

Jamestown: 12 10 21 11 — 54
Lake Taylor: 16 17 14 15 — 62

Jamestown: M. Wang 12, Brown 12, E. Wang 10, Schmidt 8, Swain 8, Klyman 2
Lake Taylor: Tyler 4, Smith 8, Bryant 7, Wahee 15, Miller 5, Seymour 9, Elliot 12, Tyquan 2
3-point goals: Jamestown 2 (M. Wang, E. Wang), Lake Taylor 2 (Elliot, Miller)


Hampton Roads Academy Routs NSA

Hampton Roads Academy cruised past Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 65-38 at home Tuesday in the first round of the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools playoffs.

The Navigators trailed by three points after the first quarter, but blew past Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in the second quarter by a 22-5 margin.

At halftime, HRA led a commanding 34-20 advantage against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.

The second half belonged the HRA, which essentially put the game away in the third quarter after outscoring Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 20-6 to blow the game open.

Leading HRA was Anthony Picott with 28 points, Devone Humphrey with 15 points and Brian Hart with 11 points.

HRA (18-6) will host Walsingham Academy in the second round of the TCIS playoffs on Friday.

NSA: 15 5 6 12 — 38
HRA: 12 22 20 11 — 65

NSA: Locke 8, Smith 1, Brinkley 11, Salmons 3, Ebermine 2, Shiembob 9, Patterson 4
HRA: Humphrey 15, Wingfield 5, Hart 11, Picott 28, Mather 4, Koch 2
3-point goals: NSA 7 (Brinkley 3, Salmon, Shiembob 3), HRA 7 (Humphrey 3, Wingfield, Hart 3)


Walsingham Blows Past Cape Henry

Richard Washington scored a game-high 26 points to lead Walsingham Academy to a comfortable 61-45 win at home against Cape Henry in the first round of the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools playoffs Tuesday evening.

Dusan Vicentic paced Walsingham in the first quarter, scoring 14 of his 18 points in the opening quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers. Behind Vicentic’s efforts, Walsingham opened up a 17-4 lead over Cape Henry after the first quarter.

The Trojans extended their lead by three points in the second quarter and took a 30-15 halftime lead.

Cape Henry battled back in the third quarter and outscored Walsingham 22-10 to cut the Trojans’ lead to just three points entering the fourth quarter.

Washington prevented Walsingham from giving the game away in the final quarter, scoring 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help Walsingham pull away late against Cape Henry.

Walsingham (19-7) will now prepare to visit Hampton Roads Academy on Friday.

Cape Henry: 4 11 22 8 — 45
Walsingham: 17 14 10 20 — 61

Cape Henry: Moarris 2, Marrow 8, Seaman 14, Weathers 13, Rucker 8
Walsingham: Washington 26, West 5, Demodna 4, Stewart 8, Vicentic 18
3-point goals: Cape Henry 4 (Seaman, Weathers 3), Walsingham 2 (Vicentic 2)