Cape Henry built a 15 point second half lead but they had to hold on to defeat Christchurch 59-55 in a rematch of the D2 State semi-final. Chris Clarke led the Dolphins with 18 points and Ayron Hutton added 16 to help Cape Henry improve to 4-1.
Clarke scored half of his 18 points in the 1st quarter as Cape Henry opened a 7-point cushion to lead 18-11 after the first quarter. Clarke help to extend the lead to 33-22 with two back-to-back plays that showed his incredible athleticism. His steal and dish to Malik Gray (13 points) led to a breakaway dunk and his beautiful reverse scoop from behind the basket brought back images of Doctor J.
The Dolphins scored the first two baskets of the second half to give them their largest lead of the night at 37-22. UVA recruit Devin Hall found his teammates for easy baskets and he cleaned the boards to a tune of 11 rebounds. Hutton was often the recipient of Hall's passes and he scored nine points in the third quarter. Christchurch was stuck in a funk from the perimeter for most of the game. Sharpshooter Jamie Wilson missed his first four treys and he didn't score his first points until a short jumper with 4:53 to go made the score 53-44. The Seahorses finally found their range in the fourth quarter. Nick Douglas provided a spark for Christchurch setting up Julian Reed for a three and draining his own 3-pointer to pull Christchurch to within six (56-50) with 1:34 to go. Wilson completed the 9-0 run with his only triple with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
However, it was too little too late the visitors to pull off the comeback. Two free throws by Devin Hall and one by Clarke was enough to keep Christchurch at bay.
Brendan Cole led Christchurch with 13 points and Julian Reed finished with 12. Devin Robinson chipped in 10 points.