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Prep Boys Basketball: Drifters show their balance
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
Junior guard Montie Gould has been the central figure in Colonial Beach’s perfect start to the Northern Neck District season.
But in Tuesday night’s contest against rival Washington & Lee, Gould was forced to watch nearly the entire third quarter after he picked up his fourth foul.
The Drifters showed they have more options than just Gould during the pivotal stretch. They maintained a four-point cushion heading into the final quarter, and held on for a 57–53 home victory.
Gould led the Drifters (10–5, 4–0 Northern Neck) with 16 points, but head coach Jonathan Parker was thrilled with the contributions from other players, as well.
“It was a very key stretch for us,” Parker said of the third quarter. “For us to lose our leading scorer and keep the momentum, it was definitely big.”
Colonial Beach forward Shamar Shanks stepped up in Gould’s absence. He scored seven third-quarter points as the Drifters built a nine-point lead.
The Eagles (6–9, 2–2) trimmed their deficit to 40–36 heading into the fourth quarter and eventually took a brief one-point lead.
They had an opportunity to tie the game at 51 in the final minute, but Shanks thwarted their effort.
With Colonial Beach nursing a 51–49 advantage, it appeared Washington & Lee’s Kwame Gray was headed toward an easy layup. Instead, Shanks blocked the attempt and converted a basket at the other end.
“I just saw the dude cutting and nobody was there, so I ran as fast as I could,” Shanks said of his block. “I knew it was a close game and it was coming down to the wire, so I had to step up.”
Shanks’ score gave the Drifters a 53–49 advantage. The Eagles responded with a jumper from C.J. Harris, but a Colonial Beach steal and a layup from Gould sealed the victory.
In addition to Shanks’ 11 points, Sidney Horton (nine points) and Ethan Harbin (eight) also provided solid contributions.
“I was mad,” Gould said of his foul troubles. “But this just shows we don’t have one player. We can all come together and work with each other.”
The Eagles were paced by Treshawn Brown’s 16 points. Brown connected on four 3-pointers and helped keep the Eagles in the game as the Drifters built an 11-point second-quarter lead.
Washington & Lee head coach George Hunter was left disappointed his team couldn’t complete the comeback.
“We didn’t take care of our end,” Hunter said. “We gave the ball away. We didn’t sprint back on defense. We didn’t take care of the little things. If we take care of our business, we win.”
The Eagles host Essex on Friday. Colonial Beach visits Northumberland the same night.
W&L 11 14 11 17 — 53
Colonial Beach 12 17 11 17 — 57
Washington & Lee (6-9, 2-2): Davon Hamilton 4, Treshawn Brown 16, Kwame Gray 5, Jeremy Turner 6, Milan Bullock 10, Marik Roy 2, Terrin Dickerson 5, C.J. Harris 5. Totals: 21 6–9 53.
Colonial Beach (10–5, 4-0): Ethan Harbin 8, Montie Gould 16, Sidney Horton 9, Keane Foster 5, Shamar Shanks 11, Marquel Harris, 2, Parrish Muse 6, Kamron Smith 0. Totals: 24 6–17 57.
Three-point goals: Washington & Lee 5 (Brown 4, Dickerson); Colonial Beach 3 (Gould 2, Horton).
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