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Battlefield Boys Basketball Tournament: Jackets in a rush to reach title game

JAMES MONROE NEARLY LETS FOXES BACK

IN GAME; CULPEPER ALSO ADVANCES

BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH

James Monroe often thrives by playing at a frenetic pace that leaves opponents winded and spectators dazzled.

But there are also times when head coach Antonio Coghill has to remind his players that there is no shot clock.

The Yellow Jackets’ Battlefield District semifinal against King George on Wednesday was one of those times.

James Monroe led by 18 points early in the fourth quarter when the Foxes charged back. And as Coghill pleaded with his players to relax, to slow the pace, they seemed to speed up even more.

“We were playing like we were down 10 points,” Coghill said. “You can’t do that when you have a lead. If we want to keep playing this season, we can’t do that.”

James Monroe was fortunate that its fourth-quarter cushion was too large to disappear completely.

Although King George pulled within five points and had several chances to get even closer, the Yellow Jackets held on for a 76–70 win.

“We played good until that fourth quarter,” JM center Te’Quan Alers said. “We lost momentum, but at least we got the win.”

James Monroe will face Culpeper for the district tournament title on Friday night.

The Blue Devils stormed past Chancellor in the other semifinal, 79–64.

On Jan. 31, Culpeper stunned first-place JM, 81–72.

“We’ve got to play four quarters against them,” Coghill said, “and not get sloppy.”

Alers had 26 points to pace JM on Wednesday. Damion Carroll led King George with 31 points.

The Yellow Jackets held a double-digit lead for most of the game, but Carroll keyed a 7–0 flurry midway through the final quarter that pulled the Foxes within 69–64.

JM was unable to extend its lead after that, yet King George was unable to pull any closer, as the Yellow Jackets held on for the win.

King George will face Chancellor in the consolation game on Friday at 6 p.m.

    King George 13 14 20 23 — 70

    J. Monroe 18 23 21 14 — 76

    Scoring

    King George: L.J. Baylor 13, De’Shon Brown 6, John Brown 0, Damion Carroll 31, Alon Clippard 3, Keenan Frye 7, Anthony Howard 6, Jamonte Parker 4. Totals: 29 7-12 70

    James Monroe: Te’Quan Alers 26, Alex Baker 4, A’darius Brown 4, Julian Bumbrey 12, Jaamir Bumbrey 13, Torreik Ferguson 2, Marcus Finnie 0, Bruce Johnson 13, Jarmal Bevels 2. Totals: 26 19-26 76

    Three-point goals: King George 5 (L. Baylor, D. Carroll 4). James Monroe 7 (A. Baker 2, J. Bumbrey 3, B. Johnson 2).

CULPEPER 79, CHANCELLOR 64

Sometimes Culpeper’s fast-paced attack can seem a bit chaotic.

“We look a little wild at times,” Blue Devils coach James Thompson said. “But in our transition game, our kids are running to the spots they’re supposed to be.”

The Blue Devils were off to the races in this semifinal, and the Chargers struggled to keep up.

Culpeper used a 25-point fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

Culpeper led, 24–11, in the second quarter when Chancellor responded with a 14–0 burst.

Culpeper then extended its lead back to 53–39 in the third quarter, and this time Chancellor answered with an 11–0 surge.

But Chancellor was held scoreless over the game’s final two minutes, and the Blue Devils drained 10 free throws during that time.

“I’m not really sure why some of our players weren’t ready to play in a district semifinal,” Chancellor coach J.P. Gibbons said. “But we’ll correct that.”

    Chancellor 11 21 18 14 — 64

    Culpeper 19 16 19 25 — 79

    Scoring

    Chancellor: Anthony Alexander 0, Darrin Baker 2, Dre Edwards 0, Alex Hamn 0, Quincy Hayes 11, Tre’von Henson 0, Chris Holmes 8, Josh James 16, Chris Patterson 6, Darius Sanders 14, Charles Tillery 5, Ben Watkins 2. Totals: 26 5-8 64

    Culpeper: Anthony Banks 10, Henry Butler 12, Devonte Deans 9, J.P. Gorby 3, Mike Kenney 15, Nik Stewart 26, Adrian Strother 4. Totals: 26 21-34 79

    Three-point goals: Chancellor 7 (J. James 4, D. Sanders 3). Culpeper 1 (J. Gorby, M. Kenney 2, N. Stewart 3).

Adam Himmelsbach: 540/374-5442

ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com

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