Cape Henry Collegiate Forward Dajour Rucker (Video still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
The Hampton Roads Winter Hoops Classic delivered on a day full of basketball
On Saturday, the Hampton Roads Winter Hoops Classic tipped off at Noon and delivered a day full of hoops action.
Norfolk Collegiate 70, Glasgow (MD) 68
In the opener of the day, Norfolk Collegiate spoiled the trip for Glasgow. Jordan Battle scored 29 points, pulled in 11 rebounds and dished 4 assists in the winning effort.
Norview (Girls) 51, Carolina Prep Academy (Chapel Hill, NC) 21
The Pilots jumped out to a 26-9 halftime lead and never looked back. Janiya Guilloux won the MVP honors for Norview.
Kellam 59, Northeastern (NC) 51
Again, the home team made it tough on the visitors as Kellam held tough. Kellam guard Josh Talbert led all scorers with 22 points.
Maury 71, Smithfield 34
The Commodores were in good form as they cruised to an easy win over the Packers. Maury forward Matt Mensia led all scorers with 20 points while Chase Coleman added 10 points for the Commodores. The Maury defense forced 20 turnovers as Smithfield could not withstand the pressure.
Maury Coach Brandon Plummer was proud of his team’s effort in the blowout.
“The guys gave and excellent effort. They played with a lot of heart. Staying together is all we’ve been preaching. Playing together. Unselfishness. Playing together as a team. Not just one or two people, but everybody. It was a great win,” Plummer stated.
Western Branch 72, Lake Taylor 68 2OT
This was the game of the night. Neither team pulled far away from the other as they dueled to a tie at the end of regulation. Kendall Byrum was the game MVP and scored a team high 13 points in the contest to go along with four rebounds, three assists and four steals.
“I thought in the first half they sped us up a little bit. In the second half, we calmed down as a team. We missed a lot of free throws tonight. We didn’t defend well so we went to zone. The zone kind of slowed them down,” Byrum explained in a post-game interview. “(We had the advantage) inside and we turned the ball over in the first half, but in the second half we did a much better job (handling the ball).”
Malik Newton led the Titans with 16 points on the night.
Cape Henry 73, Granby 68
Dajour Rucker scored 23 points and won game MVP honors in a challenging contest. Granby played without Antwan Epps and Jeriah Sweat, though freshman guard Jayden Epps was able to lead the Comets to a well contested defeat.
“We started off slow by taking too many jump shots. I thought that I started making my way through the game by getting the inside touches at first and letting the game come to us,” said Rucker. “They were putting one guy on me, and I hit the weight room every day. If they put one guy on me and he hits me, it’s my job to power through and get the and-one as many times as I can.”
“We didn’t play our best basketball today, but credit to my team. They fought through (it). We have a couple of guys who hadn’t played in such a high intensity game before, so I took a gamble on them and put them in the game. They came through for us,” said Cape Henry coach Mark Hall. ”
– Andy Hilton