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While some basketball teams have slow, methodical styles of play, others like to push the pace and walk the fine line between composure and chaos.
Williamsburg Christian Academy's boys basketball team falls into the latter category, with head coach Chris Brown saying the energetic and acrobatic Eagles attempt to "control the chaos" during their often high-scoring games.
This organized chaos was on display Wednesday evening, as the Eagles made life unpleasant for Portsmouth Christian during a 72-40 rout at home in the quarterfinal round of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III tournament.
"We want things to be chaotic, but we want to control it," Brown said. "We like to keep teams out of their sets with our [half-court] press. That's why we do it throughout the game. It keeps teams from running plays to their strong suits."
The Eagles opened the first quarter on a quick start, scoring seven consecutive points before Ra'Shawn Cook missed a jump shot that led to a put-back dunk by Xavier Green. The early 9-0 advantage less than three minutes into the game was enough to force Portsmouth Christian to burn an early timeout in an attempt to slow WCA's momentum.
Portsmouth Christian's proved ineffective as WCA kept racking up the points, extending its lead to 12-0 with more than half of the first quarter left to play. Da'Shawn Cook put a finishing touch on the opening quarter by draining a 3-pointer right at the buzzer to give WCA a 21-6 lead.
While Portsmouth Christian's offense improved slightly in the second quarter, WCA's half-court press caused havoc for the Patriots. Portsmouth Christian shot just 18 percent from the field in the first half.
By halftime, WCA held a commanding 35-14 lead with no signs of slowing down in the second half.
Both teams came out swinging in the second half, as Portsmouth Christian looked rejuvenated from the halftime break. After both teams exchanged points on consecutive possessions, WCA got back into its rhythm and put together a 9-4 run to extend its lead to 44-18.
Michael Duncan connected on a layup at the end of the third quarter to put WCA up 53-24 heading into the final quarter of play. The Eagles were able to get reserve players into the game in the fourth quarter and allowed every player to see game action during the 32-point victory.
WCA (28-5) will now prepare to take on Virginia Academy in the VISAA Division III semifinal round held at Virginia State University on Friday.
Portsmouth Christian: 6 8 10 16 — 40
Williamsburg Christian: 21 14 18 19 — 72
Portsmouth Christian: Williams 5, Daniels 8, Chicot 3, Spigner 3, Clayton 5, Hinton 4, Riddick 2, McCune 2, Paradis 3, Austin 2, Covington 3
Williamsburg Christian: Greene 24, Green 19, R. Cook 3, Duncan 5, D. Cook 5, Flanagan 2, Brown 5, Ortiz 2, Stover 5, Thomas 2
3-point goals: Portsmouth Christian 5 (Daniels, Spigner, Clayton, Paradis, Covington), Williamsburg Christian 3 (R. Cook, D. Cook, Brown)
Blue Ridge Bounces HRA in VISAA Tournament
Blue Ridge School proved too much for Hampton Roads Academy to handle, as the Navigators suffered a 107-48 season-ending loss on the road in the VISAA Division II quarterfinal round.
The Navigators fell behind early and were never able to make up ground against a talented Blue Ridge squad.
Blue Ridge held a commanding 57-20 halftime lead against HRA and cruised through the second half to end HRA's season.
Hampton Roads Academy finishes its season with an 18-8 record.
Individual statistics and a full box score were not reported for this game.
Blue Ridge 107, Hampton Roads Academy 48