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December 28, 2013

Scope Tourney - Day 2

Norfolk Scope Holiday Basketball Tournament - Day 2 Scores:
Landstown 53, Lake Taylor 37
Norcom 57, Norfolk Christian 51
Cape Henry 58, Heritage 49:
Maury 75, Booker T. Washington 48:

Third Quarter Surge Propels Landstown:
Down 23-22 at the half, the Landstown Eagles began the third quarter on a 19-1 run and never looked back in beating the Lake Taylor Titans, 53-37 in a consolation matchup during the Norfolk Scope Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Eagles moved to 5-3 overall, while the Titans fell to 2-5.

Using their trapping defenses, Landstown scored 25 points off 22 Lake Taylor turnovers. Lake Taylor didn't score its first field goal of the second half until 52 seconds left in the third quarter. The Eagles also had a commanding 34-10 advantage in points in the paint to go with 13 second chance points and 13 fast-break points.

Showing soft touch and solid footwork on the interior, 6-foot-8 junior center Darius Bolstad was an influential factor for the bunch from Virginia Beach. Bolstad scored 17 points on an efficient 7-of-9 from the floor, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots. For the season, he's shooting right around 70%.

Senior guard Brandon Pringle and junior wing Roderick 'R.J.' Nicholson complemented Bolstad. Pringle put up nine of his 13 points before half-time, converting 5-of-9 free-throws. Nicholson scored all 10 of his points in the second half. Freshman forward Emonni Wood chipped in six points and four boards off the bench.

Landstown, which won in spite of 21 turnovers, attempted only one three-pointer the entire game. Senior guard Xavier Cooper made that three-pointer. Meanwhile, Lake Taylor couldn't get in a rhythm shooting from the perimeter, going 1-for-10 from long range. Top scorer Treyvond Lockhart had eight points, but shot 2-of-15 from the field. Fellow senior Stanley Christian added six points and nine boards.

*** Postgame Audio with Landstown Hoops Coach Dwight Robinson ***

Norcom Pulls Out Tight Win:
In a game that saw eight lead changes, four ties and neither team going up by double-digits, the Norcom Greyhounds gutted out a 57-51 win over the Norfolk Christian Ambassadors, who dropped to 3-5 overall. Now 6-2 overall, Norcom will face Landstown in a 3:00 PM fifth place game on Saturday.

Senior guard Troy Locke led the way with 20 points, 14 after intermission. He shot 8-of-12 from the floor and 6-for-7 over the game's final two quarters while corralling seven rebounds in 21 minutes of play. The rest of Norcom's team shot just 12-of-39 (30.8%).

Norcom was able to get a slight lift from its reserves and sophomore point guard Travis Fields. Backups Travis Ingram, Craig Ingram and Terrell Camp combined for 17 points and 12 rebounds. Norfolk Christian's reserves supplied only six points. The Greyhounds also kept their turnovers down to only eight for the game and scored 14 points off the Ambassadors' 14 turnovers.

Fields had moments of being a threat at both ends of the court. He scored seven of his 11 points in the first half to go with four assists and five steals, both game-highs.

For Norfolk Christian in defeat, junior guard George Wahee scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 6-for-11 at the foul line. He also pulled in seven rebounds while playing the entire 32 minutes. Sophomore guard Lhordn Hyman (son of ex-Manhattan guard and Deep Creek standout Keaton Hyman) added 11 points. The Ambassadors will face Lake Taylor in the seventh place game on Saturday.

*** Postgame Audio with Norcom Hoops Coach Leon Goolsby ***

Clarke the Catalyst for Cape:
In maybe the day's most anticipated game, the Cape Henry Dolphins upped their record to 6-0 overall and earned a spot in Saturday night's Championship. The combination of rebounding, three-point shooting and athleticism by three-star junior Chris Clarke elevated Cape Henry past a Heritage team that began the season #1 in Group 4A in the state.

Clarke, who is being recruited by a host of schools like Creighton, Iowa State, VCU, Virginia Tech and several others, filled the stat sheet. He finished with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, collected a game-high 12 rebounds and dished out five assists while playing every minute of the contest. Supporting his strong performance was reigning Group AAA State Player of the Year and Great Bridge transfer Marcus Evans, who recorded 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Down nine at the half, Heritage got as close as six points down in the third quarter, but Cape Henry was able to push its lead to 12 on two separate occasions, once in the third period and again in the fourth quarter, to prevent the Hurricanes from totally seizing momentum away.

One of Heritage's strengths is its rebounding and Cape Henry won the battle on the glass 42-35. They also did damage from three-point land, outscoring the Hurricanes 12-3 behind the arc. The lone make from long distance for Heritage came with under a minute to go in the game by talented junior wing Romello Anderson. Anderson was the Hurricanes' top scorer with 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while sophomore point guard Malik Marrow tallied 15 points, five boards and four assists.

Heritage played without injured guards Jermaine Marrow and Michael Duncan. Marrow, a sophomore, holds an offer from Hampton University. The Hurricanes fall to 6-2 overall with the loss and take on Booker T. Washington in the third place game at 5:00 PM at Scope on Saturday.

Cape Henry with the win faces Maury in the Championship of the Scope Tournament. It's the beginning of a tough stretch on their schedule, which also includes a meeting vs. Richmond area contender John Marshall on January 11 in the VirginiaPreps.com Classic Presented by Cox Sports at Green Run High School.

*** Postgame Audio with Cape Henry Hoops Coach Mark Hall ***

Commodores Take Control:
Battered and bruised entering the holiday tourney, the Maury Commodores shook off a sluggish first quarter start against the Booker T. Washington and raced past their Norfolk rival, 75-48 to move on to Saturday night's Championship against Cape Henry.

The win sets up a classic confrontation. The Commodores are an undefeated public school team at 8-0 overall that is ranked #2 in the area and #2 in the state in Group 5A. Cape Henry is the top rated private school team in Hampton Roads and also unbeaten.

Maury trailed 11-2 to the Bookers when they went on a 15-2 spurt, keyed by sophomore forward Anthony Williams and senior guard Jalon Williams. They weren't alone in getting in on the act. Senior guard Mike Basnight gave them strong defense with four steals to go with his 12 points and four boards, one game after dropping 30 vs. Norcom. There also was freshman phenom point guard Matt Coleman.

On the night, Coleman finished with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor, there assists, only turnover and a pair of blocks. Maury dominated things statistically, winning the points off turnovers battle 28-6, forcing Booker T. into 22 turnovers and shot considerably better than the Bookers in the second half. The Commodores made 17-of-33 (51.5%) over the final two quarters compared to BTW's 8-for-27 (29.6%).

Although Booker T. won the rebounding category 39-34, Booker T. shot 2-for-13 from long distance and leading scorer Steven Whitley committed four fouls in the first half, eventually fouling out. A total of four players scored in double-figures for Maury with Jaleel Ferguson (12Pts. 6Reb.) joining Coleman, Basnight and Anthony Williams (10).

In the loss for the Bookers, freshman center Breyon Gaddy contributed 13 points and eight rebounds. Booker T. goes to 4-3 overall and will take on Heritage in the third place game at 5:00 PM on Saturday.

*** Postgame Audio with Maury Hoops Coach Jack Baker ***

Matthew Hatfield serves as State Basketball Analyst for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail hatfieldsports2k4@yahoo.com, and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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