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Prep Basketball Notepad: Matchup is a family affair
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Riverbend boys basketball coach Eric Davis will have a lot of family members on hand Saturday when his Bears visit Colonial Beach in a non-district game.
He doesn’t expect them to be rooting for him, though.
That’s because his younger brother, Jonathan Parker, will be coaching the Drifters.
“I’ve got a lot of supporters down there, but they’ve already told me they’re not going to cheer for me this game,” Davis said with a chuckle.
Davis and Parker face off as opposing coaches for the first time. Parker, a former King George basketball star who has the Drifters on the rise after going 6–17 last year, gleaned much of his basketball knowledge from Davis, who is 12 years his senior.
The younger brother knows it will be a tough task to knock off the Bears.
“I know it’s going to be fun, but I also know it’s going to be nerve-wracking,” Parker said. “I want to beat him, but they’re a Triple-A school and we’re a Single-A school, so I know it’s going to be tough. I hope my guys are going to be up for the challenge and go out there and play their hardest.”
The Drifters (8–4) have exceeded their win total from last year. They have won four straight heading into Friday’s game at Lancaster, thanks to the steady play of junior point guard Montie Gould, who leads the area with a 20.4 scoring average.
Colonial Beach’s basketball team is built on many of the same principles as Riverbend (10–4), which has won three straight thanks to swarming defense and the outstanding play of senior Elijah Brown, who is second in area scoring (18.1).
Parker and his twin brother, John, were standout players at King George in the ’90s. Davis coached the two during their senior year with the Foxes, and together they helped lead the team to a state semifinal appearance.
“It was one heck of a season that year,” said Parker, who served as an assistant to Steve Swope at Colonial Beach before taking over head coaching duties. “I couldn’t have imagined that. We bought into [Davis’] system defensive-wise, and that’s what carried us was defense.”
The brothers expect a competitive game and are excited for the opportunity to face off against each other for the first time as coaches.
“We’ll just line ’em up and play each other, and then hug each other after the game,” Davis said.
HAIRSTON REACHES MILESTONE
Courtland senior forward Jessica Hairston eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career with 21 against James Monroe on Tuesday.
Hairston is averaging 17.2 points per game for the Cougars (12-1). She was a first-team all-Battlefield and first-team all-Region I selection for last year’s state runner-up team.
Mountain View 7–0
North Stafford 6–1
Colonial Forge 6–3
Brooke Point 0–8
Eastern View 1–3
James Monroe 1–4
King George 1–4
Colonial Forge 9–0
Mountain View 4–3
North Stafford 3–5
Brooke Point 3–6
Eastern View 4–0
James Monroe 1–3
King George 1–4