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Boys Basketball: Lancers race by Chargers
BY STEVE FRANZELLO
Chancellor coach J.P. Gibbons knew his team faced a major challenge heading into last night’s championship game of the Commonwealth Classic at Colonial Forge High School.
On Wednesday he watched the Chargers’ opponent, Manchester, race by James Monroe in the first round of the tournament. The Lancers roared to a 20-point halftime lead in that contest.
Unfortunately for Gibbons and the Chargers, last night’s title game was an encore performance for the Group AAA power from Richmond.
Using their athleticism and speed, the Lancers (6–1) built a 56–23 lead after two quarters and then cruised from there to a 102–57 victory.
Junior guards Josh Bailey and Devin Robinson led the offensive explosion for Manchester, which buried 12 baskets from behind the 3-point arc. Bailey scored 33 points, including six treys, while Robinson added 20 and three baskets from long range.
“We said coming in here that the odds were stacked against us,” said Gibbons. “[Manchester] is big and they’re lean, but I promised the team and the community that we’re going to keep competing, and we did.”
It was just the third loss in 10 games for Chancellor, which has just one full-time starter back from last year’s playoff squad. But the chemistry has been positive in the early going and Gibbons is hoping that will continue despite last night’s one-sided score.
“As long as we continue to compete, I’ll be happy,” he said. “We’re not going to face a team like this the rest of the way. We need to learn from the pressure defense they put on us.”
Three Chargers scored in double figures. Juniors Chris Holmes and TreVonn Henson netted 13 each, while junior Ryan Greer added 10. Holmes was coming off a 29-point performance against Colonial Forge on Wednesday and showed a nice touch from the outside.
Greer drained one of his two 3-pointers to pull Chancellor within three points midway through the first quarter. But Bailey answered with two of his own and the Lancers never looked back. They led 27–14 after one period and just kept adding to their margin.
“We like to take teams out of their comfort zone and be aggressive on both ends of the court,” said Manchester coach Chad Long. “I thought we did a good job of that in both games in this tournament.”
Manchester 27 29 26 20 — 102
Chancellor 14 9 16 18 — 57
Manchester (6–1): Breon Kellam 9, Kevon Ferrer 5, Rashaun Alexander 9, Cameron Robinson 7, Devin Robinson 20, Josh Bailey 33, Chris Branch 0, Austin Williams 8, Jon Duhart 6, Malik Ellis 4. Totals: 39 12–20 102.
Chancellor (7–3): TreVonn Henson 13, Quincy Hayes 2, Anthony Alexander 0, Josh James 6, Ryan Greer 10, Jason Morgan 2, Dre Edwards 1, Chris Homes 13, Darrin Baker 1, Chris Patterson 5, Charles Tillery 3, Chaz Brown 1. Totals: 19 14–25 57.
Three-point goals: Manchester 12 (Bailey 6, D. Robinson 3, Childress 2, Alexander). Chancellor 5 (Greer 2, Henson 2, Holmes).
JM 55, COLONIAL FORGE 50
James Monroe rebounded from Wednesday’s loss to Manchester and outlasted tournament host Colonial Forge in last night’s consolation game.
Julian and Jaamir Bumbrey scored 14 points apiece to key a second half rally for the Yellow Jackets (5–1), who outscored the Eagles 31–17 in the final two quarters.
Ryan Snyder tallied a game-high 17 points and Marco Haskins contributed 16 for Colonial Forge (4–7).
James Monroe 16 8 12 19 — 55
Colonial Forge 13 20 6 11 — 50
James Monroe (5–1): Julian Bumbrey 14, Jaamir Bumbrey 14, Bruce Johnson 11, Taquon Alers 9, Kelvin Conway 5, Torreik Ferguson 2, A’darius Brown 0, Tony Scott 0, Alex Baker 0. Totals: 14 12–18 55.
Colonial Forge (4–7): Ryan Snyder 17, Marco Haskins 16, Damen Daniel 8, Jalen Frasier 5, Igncio Alleyne 4, Dallas Driver 0, Demarius Quick 0, Alex Ludovico 0, Cory Hankerson 0, Ivan Wells 0. Totals: 15 11–15 50.
Three-point goals: James Monroe 5 (Jaamir Bumbrey 3, Julian Bumbrey, Conway). Colonial Forge 3 (Snyder 2, Haskins).
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