Great Bridge Christian Academy guard Kenari Jones (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Kenari Jones leads four-man Great Bridge Christian to a win over Veritas
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Thursday night’s 80-77 double overtime win over Veritas was a game of attrition.
Great Bridge Christian Academy has a star-studded roster including Hampton University bound Bass Diop, Wagner University bound Deandre Wilkins, Alaskan brothers Jeriah Coleman (7-1) and Davion Coleman (6-8), former Indian River forward Kenneth Hodges (6-5) and Richmond guard Kenari Jones.
Due to foul trouble, Great Bridge Christian was down to four players to finish the game.
Kenari Jones (38 points, two rebounds, three assists, seven steals) led a valiant effort to pull out the win.
“We just fell off. We got slow. It was a close game the whole time. It was a pretty good game back and forth, but we could have played better,” said Jones. “We’ve been together for six months, probably less than that. With four players, you gotta go hard every play.”
Head Coach Donald Hand leads the GBCA program. His basketball resume includes a starring role for four seasons at guard for UVA and a professional basketball career with stops overseas. His son, Donald Hand, Jr. is a freshman at Landstown High School and holds offers from Penn State and Hampton.
“This was the second game in conference where we had to finish with four players,” Hand said after the win. “We played better with four than we played with five. It’s something where we gotta get the kids to lock in. Bass Diop, he doesn’t play the league games. Deandre Wilkins doesn’t play league games. So we’re trying to provide the opportunity for the other ones to grow for the summer. We want them all going to college for free.”
“This is the first year we’ve taken the program to the national level. The main focus is to provide opportunity and to bring kids together in a Christian environment.”
Great Bridge Christian Academy is 32 games into an independent schedule, unlike most other schools who have played around 20 games at this point.
GBCA has five games remaining on their schedule with their next contest coming against Gateway Christian Academy on Tuesday night.
– Andy Hilton