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After losing to Atlantic Shores during last year’s Metro Conference championship game, Williamsburg Christian Academy got its revenge Saturday by edging the Seahawks 68-66 to take home the championship.
Led by Cle’Von Greene’s 24 points and Xavier Green’s 18 points, the Eagles were about to hang on down the stretch in what was a tightly contested championship game.
WCA jumped out to a three-point lead after the first quarter, but was forced to slow its offensive pace in the second quarter against an aggressive Atlantic Shores defense.
With the Eagles forced to slow down, Atlantic Shores outscored WCA 21-16 in the second quarter to take a 33-31 lead heading into halftime.
The Eagles significantly improved their defense in the second half, which allowed Greene and Green to score points in transition. With the transition offense rolling, WCA outpaced Atlantic Shores 17-10 in the third quarter to take a lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite a fourth-quarter charge from Atlantic Shores, WCA was able to hang on down the stretch to secure the conference championship.
WCA (27-5) will now prepare to host its first-round game in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament Wednesday.
WCA: 15 16 17 20 — 68
Atlantic Shores: 12 21 10 23 — 66
WCA: Greene 24, Green 18, Duncan 12, D. Cook 3, Brown 8, R. Cook 3
Atlantic Shores: Pitt 25, Cannady 22, Trotland 8, Nelson 3, Ladler 8, Banks 2, Bartaskas 14, Kimbrough 4
3-point goals: WCA 5 (D. Cook, Duncan, Brown 2, Greene), Atlantic Shores 8 (Bastaskas 4, Nelson, Pitt 3)
Norfolk Collegiate Shuts Down Walsingham
Walsingham Academy was no match for Norfolk Collegiate during a 51-37 loss in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools championship game that was played Saturday at Norfolk Christian.
Norfolk Collegiate stymied Walsingham’s offense from the opening tip, limiting the Trojans to just six points in the first quarter.
Walsingham’s offensive struggle proved not to be a fluke as the Trojans were also held to six points in the second quarter. At the same time, Walsingham’s defense slowed down a potent Norfolk Collegiate offense that was also hard-pressed to find easy scoring opportunities.
At halftime, Norfolk Collegiate held a slight 18-12 advantage over Walsingham Academy.
Norfolk Collegiate essentially put the game out of reach in the third quarter when Walsingham Academy was completely shut out on the offensive end. While Norfolk Collegiate scored just 10 points in the quarter, Walsingham did not score in the third quarter.
Both offenses found life in the fourth quarter, but the surge was too little, too late for the Trojans. Walsingham’s Jaylin Stewart scored 19 of his team-high 21 points in the final quarter, which included five 3-pointers, but his efforts were in vain as Norfolk Collegiate took home the title.
Walsingham (20-8) will now prepare for the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association brackets to be released.
Walsingham: 6 6 0 25 — 37
Norfolk Collegiate: 11 7 10 23 — 51
Walsingham: Washington 10, Stewart 21, Vicentic 4
Norfolk Collegiate: Robertson 3, Grant 10, McNair 12, Hurley 5, Chavis 13, Townes 8
3-point goals: Walsingham 7 (Washington 2, Stewart 5), Norfolk Collegiate 4 (Grant, McNair 2, Hurley)
Greensville Tops Bruton in 2A East Third-Place Game
After jumping out to an eight-point lead, Bruton watched its lead evaporate over the final three quarters during a 67-57 loss to Greensville in the Group 2A East third-place game on Saturday.
The Panthers held a 21-13 lead following the first quarter, but Greensville cut into Bruton’s lead by two points in the second quarter. At halftime, Bruton led Greensville 33-27.
Momentum kept trending in Greensville’s direction in the second half as Bruton’s lead dwindled to one point in the third quarter after being outscored 13-8 by Greensville in the third quarter.
The game slipped away from Bruton in the fourth quarter as Greensville scored 27 points to close the game in commanding fashion.
Bruton (18-7) will now wait for its opponent in the Group 2A state tournament that will begin next week.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Bruton: 21 12 8 16 — 57
Greensville: 13 14 13 27 — 67