Oscar Smith head coach Lavar Griffin (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Oscar Smith handles Granby and Landstown downs Western Branch in the semis
by Antowyne Shaw, recruit757
Coming off of their best defensive stand of the 2018-19 season against Cox, Jeriah Sweat and the Granby Comets had their hands full against the offensive juggernaut that is Oscar Smith.
“We just played well. The guys were hungry. We’ve been waiting for this all week long. We were just ready to go,” said Oscar Smith head coach Lavar Griffin after the game. “Tonight was our night. We hit a lot of good shots. We played well together.”
Oscar Smith made it look easy against Granby. The Tigers reached a double digit lead at 19-7 in the second quarter and never relinquished it. The Tigers had five players score in double digits, led by Briquan Harrell with 17 points on the night.
Robert Kirby led the Comets with 19 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough in the 73-52 loss.
“We came out sluggish at first. We started making turnovers and they started capitalizing. We didn’t come out with as much energy as we usually do,” said Kirby.
“Oscar Smith came out prepared for us,” Granby coach Mike Evans explained. “Of all the games we’ve played, I’ve never seen us shoot the ball this bad. In the first half, we had 15 points. When the offensive end wasn’t working, the defensive end wasn’t working so they started putting their head down. It was just one of those days.”
Oscar Smith’s win puts them into the VHSL Class 6 State Tournament, along with Landstown, who downed Western Branch by a score of 76-48 on Friday night. The dominance of the Eagles and Tigers sets up what could be a barn burner of a Region 6A Championship game Monday night at the Norfolk Scope.
Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday.
– Antowyne Shaw