4 Colonial Forge Cruises to 10-1

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Final - - #4 Colonial Forge 80, Mountain
View 49:

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Making a move up to #4 in the state in Group 6A, the
Colonial Forge Eagles entered Tuesday night's out-of-conference tilt with
reigning Northwest Region Champion Mountain View looking to solidify the
feeling that they are a team that can make a deep postseason run in 2014.
style=> After outscoring the visiting Wildcats by 24
in the second half en route to a 80-49 blowout, the
Eagles pushed their record to 10-1 overall.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Colonial Forge used an 11-0 run, sparked by dunks from
juniors Winston Burgess and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Gary Jennings, to go in front and never
looked back from there.  The Eagles got
off to a hot shooting start, connecting on 4-of-8 three-pointers.
style=>  Six-foot-4 junior shooting guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Marco Haskins led the hot outside
shooting barrage with three treys less than eight minutes into the contest.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Haskins scored 11 points in the opening quarter for an
Eagles team that not only had its highest scoring output of the season, but
surpassed their average by nearly 23 points.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Coach told us to come out and share the ball, set our
feet and if you're wide open, shoot it," stated Haskins, who believed their
defensive intensity was what created a couple of steals that triggered the team's

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We come out every day in practice and work on shell
drill.  That's why our team defense is
where it's at right now.  Our offense is
always going to be there.  That one dunk Winston had really got us going [and] got the crowd hype."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On the night, Colonial Forge was able to force 18
turnovers and many resulted in lay-ups or transition hoops the other way.
style=>  Coming in, the Eagles were holding foes to
just 42.2 points per game, and although Mountain View was able to exceed that
amount, they shot only 4-of-20 from long distance.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Any time our guys can get their hands on the ball, get
in the passing lanes, create a turnover and then get out and run we try to do,"
stated third-year Colonial Forge Head Basketball Coach
normal'>Jason John afterwards. 

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I'm really proud of the boys defensively.
style=>  We're trying to sell them on defense and
class=GramE>rebounding wins games. 
With starting those four sophomores last year, they're now all juniors
and have that experience under their belt of 23 games and 15 wins.
style=>  We're looking to build on that this year."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Senior point guard Lucas
Brown, the Northwest Region Player of the Year and an All-State performer a
season ago, led the Wildcats with 24 points. 
He made three consecutive three-pointers to close the third period to
pull his team within 11.  Colonial Forge
answered by starting the fourth quarter with one of their eight three-pointers,
that one courtesy of senior and two-sport athlete
normal'> Daniel.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After watching their football team finish two wins shy
of a state title this past December, spirits are high at Colonial Forge.
style=>  Under the VHSL's new setup, the team looks to
be in position to make plenty of noise and sit as the favorite in 6A-South
Conference 4. 

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Their team, which consists mostly of underclassmen as
they have six juniors and four sophomores along with a freshman and three
seniors on the roster, is eager to take on the challenges that may await them.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We learned from last year to keep our cool because
that's how we lost our first playoff game to Riverbend,"
stated Haskins.  "Our chemistry keeps
getting better and better."



background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Player of the Game:
Colonial Forge SG Marco Haskins - -
9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On a solid 7-of-14
from the field and 4-for-8 from long distance, Haskins put up 23 points and did
it without dominating the ball.  In fact,
he became more of a facilitator and playmaker by getting his teammates involved
early in the third quarter on his way to dishing out seven assists.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It came to me as the game progressed.
style=>  I kind of learned not to force my game and
let the game come to me.  I guess that's
where the sharing the ball and assists came in at," stated Haskins, the team's second
leading rebounder as a sophomore.  "I've
got to keep rebounding to help my team out."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Haskins was able to hit the backboards with eight
rebounds, seven on the offensive end.  That
gave his team multiple chances, extended possessions and really hurt Mountain
View's defense in an effort to keep the game played at the pace they wanted,
which was in the half-court.



background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Keys to Victory:

- - Attack the 1-3-1 with Patience:
style=>  One of the main reasons Mountain View has
been successful is their 1-3-1 zone defense that often bothers teams and causes
opponents to rush into mistakes. 
Colonial Forge didn't get baited into silly errors and patiently went at
it when they needed to while striking from deep.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Coach was actually telling us that we had to attack
it, but we came out shooting.  I hit the
first one, was feeling it and just kept shooting," noted Haskins.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>By pushing the ball and doing so under control,
Colonial Forge got easy buckets.  When
Mountain View switched its defense to more of a 2-1-2 type of zone trap look,
the Eagles were stymied for a couple trips late in the second quarter.
style=>  When the third period started, they
effectively penetrated and kicked to the right guys for high-percentage looks.

#2 - - Control the Backboards: 
Kevin Brown of Mountain View was
seen in the second half pleading with his team to compete better on the glass
and get some rebounds.  Colonial Forge
seemed to get all of them and the critical ones.
style=>  The Eagles collected 21 offensive rebounds
and held the Wildcats to 17 total rebounds for the contest.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>While Colonial Forge made outside shots at a high clip
and scored points off turnovers, finishing +15 on the backboards proved to be
equally important.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Rebounding is a strong point for us, another thing we
try to hammer out in practice.  We're
very fortunate that we have guards that are our leading rebounders.
style=>  Gary does a great job on the glass, Marco
does a great job, and then Damen, Winston and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Isaiah [
normal'>Williams] coming off the bench hammer the glass every night."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Six different players had multiple rebounds for
Colonial Forge, crashing the boards as a group about as well as Coach John
could hope.

#3 - - Unselfish Play:
style=> No stat was more telling than the fact
Colonial Forge produced 24 assists on 30 field goals.
style=>  They also went the entire third quarter
without committing a turnover, outscoring Mountain View 25-19 in that period
and building their lead up to 20 at one pint after Mountain View got the
deficit down to four in the early moments of the second half.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We always preach passing the basketball, sharing the
basketball, getting it out of the guards' hands, getting it moving and finding the
open man.  They really did that tonight
and that definitely has to be a season-high for us in assists," remarked



none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Audio with Colonial Forge Coach Jason John
style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Audio with Colonial
Forge's Marco Haskins

Final Stats:

Forge Eagles 80:
style=>  (10-1 Overall)
Marco Haskins - - 23Pts. 7-14FG, 4-8 3's, 5-8FT, 8Reb. 7Ast.
T.J. Flood - - 11Pts. 4-11FG, 4Reb. 4Ast.
Isaiah Williams - - 10Pts. 5-7FG, 7Reb.
Winston Burgess - - 9Pts. 4-6FG, 2Ast.
Gary Jennings - - 8Pts. 4-6FG, 6Reb. 2Ast.

View Wildcats 49:
style=>  (7-6 Overall)
Lucas Brown - - 24Pts. 6-16FG, 4-12 3's, 8-13FT, 4Ast.
Elijah Burress - - 7Pts. 2-4FG, 4-4FT, 6Reb.
Darren Robinson - - 6Pts. 1-3FG, 4-4FT, 5Reb.
E.J. Fisher - - 6Pts. 3-7FG, 2Ast.



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