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Dusan Vicentic scored a game-high 28 points to lift Walsingham Academy to a 61-47 win against Hampton Roads Academy during the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools semifinals that were played at Norfolk Christian on Friday.
Walsingham jumped out to a 9-7 lead after the first quarter behind six points from Vicentic. For the Navigators, Devone Humphrey led the way with five points in the quarter.
With a strong defensive effort by the whole team, as well as a breakout game for Vicentic, the Trojans were able to extend their lead in the second half to 20-12 over HRA.
The Trojans opened the second half on a blistering 9-0 run that was sparked by Vicentic, who scored seven points during the stretch. Walsingham stretched its lead to 29-12 during the run and held a commanding 39-19 advantage after the third quarter.
Despite below-average free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, Walsingham was able to keep HRA at bay and secure the victory.
Walsingham (20-7) will now prepare to take on Norfolk Collegiate on Saturday evening in the TCIS championship game, while HRA (18-7) will now await the release of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament brackets.
Walsingham: 9 11 19 22 — 61
HRA: 7 5 7 28 — 47
Walsingham: Gero 2, Washington 19, West 4, Stewart 6, Vicentic 28, Ptacek 2
HRA: Humphrey 8, Hart 13, Picott 15, Carlos 11
3-point goals: Walsingham 2 (Washington, Vicentic), HRA 7 (Humphrey 2, Hart 3, Picott, Carlos)
WCA Advances to Metro Conference Finals
Williamsburg Christian Academy took down Portsmouth Christian 61-52 on Friday evening in the semifinal round of the Metro Conference tournament held at Portsmouth Christian.
No one player took over the scoring load for the Eagles, though Andre Brown scored a team-high 16 points. Xavier Green and Cle’Von Greene each logged 15 points.
WCA took a three-point lead after the first quarter and built a 30-23 halftime advantage over Portsmouth Christian.
The Eagles saw Portsmouth Christian close the gap by two points in the third quarter, but WCA put up 19 points in the fourth quarter to close out the victory.
WCA (26-5) will take on Atlantic Shores in the Metro Conference finals Saturday at Portsmouth Christian.
WCA: 14 16 12 19 — 61
Portsmouth Christian: 11 12 14 15 — 52
WCA: D. Cook 3, Duncan 6, Brown 16, R. Cook 6, Greene 15, Green 15
Portsmouth Christian: Daniels 5, Chicot 10, Hinton 7, Austin 2, Spigner 6, Clayton 3, Metz 4, Williams 16
3-point goals: WCA 5 (D. Cook, Duncan, Brown 2, Greene), Portsmouth Christian 5 (Daniels, Chicot 2, Clayton, Williams)