Cape Henry Slips by Kecoughtan

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In a battle between one of the state's top private
schools and one of the best public school programs in Virginia, the Cape Henry
Collegiate Dolphins pulled out a 57-56 win over the host Warriors in what was a
wild finish at the Kecoughtan Holiday Classic on
Friday night.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The victory brings Cape Henry's record to 10-1
overall. Kecoughtan,
which had won six in a row after losing to Oak Hill in early December, drops to
7-2 overall. It was yet another close
triumph for Cape Henry, which is nothing new to them, coming one night after a
double-overtime battle against Flora MacDonald.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"The guys have been through this and we scheduled a
pretty tough schedule, been in a lot of fights up in D.C.
style=> Nobody was going to get flustered," declared
Cape Henry second-year Head Basketball Coach
normal'>Mark Hall.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"There was some sloppiness on both sides and usually we
have more points in the first half. Some shots didn't fall, but it turned into
a defensive battle. Basketball is like a
roller coaster. There are some ups and
some downs, but I like my chances with the ball in a close game, and we've been
fortunate enough to come away with some wins."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Trailing Cape Henry by a point at the half, 25-24,
class=SpellE>Kecoughtan caught fire to close the third quarter.
style=> Cape Henry was in front 40-34 when the
Warriors scored eight straight points to end the period, capped by a
three-pointer from swingman and East Carolina signee
normal'> Greg Alexander.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Senior forward and Providence signee
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Bullock,
normal'> the game's leading scorer with 19 points for Kecoughtan,
helped push that lead up further with a bucket to start the fourth quarter, and
that was followed by a couple of field goals from sophomore guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Haskett.
style=> In fact, Kecoughtan
was up 54-47 with 4:15 to play following Alexander's there-pointer.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Perhaps one of the memorable moments during the stretch
came in the closing seconds of the third quarter.
style=> Cape Henry standout guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Devon Hall and Kecoughtan
Head Basketball Coach Ivan Thomas were
seen jawing back-and-forth in for a couple of minutes following a technical called
on the Dolphins' bench.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Yeah, it fired me up," Hall admitted.
style=> "He was one of my AAU coaches.
style=> But it was all talking in the heat of the
game. Getting a win like this helps us a

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the end, it was Hall who got the last word.
style=> Hall would get a tap-back with 2:12 to play
to cut the Kecoughtan lead to just three, and they
got closer when Chris Clarke nailed
a pair of free-throws. The Warriors
would then turn the ball over to give Cape Henry a shot at grabbing the lead.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Cape Henry would get the go-ahead basket they needed
with 11 seconds remaining when Hall drove in the lane and laid it in for two.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I just try to get in the lane regardless of the
situation," said the future UVA guard who had seven assists to go with his 10
points. "They were pressing real hard,
and if I can beat my man and get him on my hip and another guy draws, I'm
looking to drop it off for a lay-up each time.
We kept doing it, and we messed up a few times, but in the end we won
the game."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On the night, Cape Henry got balanced scoring with six
players scoring at least six points. To go
with Hall and Clarke's double-figure points,
normal'>Terry Morris and Andrew
Langston each gave the Dolphins a lift off the bench, combining for 15, and
in the case of Morris, several important hustle plays.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The difference in Cape Henry's eyes was their defensive
play and attention to detail down the stretch, limiting a high-octane Warriors
team to just two points over the final four minutes and change.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I asked Devon to guard Rajay,
and if Rajay puts the ball on the ground, Devon's a
better defender on him and he has size," Coach Hall pointed out.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bullock, who scored 39 points in a game recently and
leads the Peninsula District in scoring, was effective offensively, but had
just four points in the game's final quarter with Hall being the primary
defender on the future Big East player.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I was going to stay under him," Devon added.
style=> "He and Greg are their best players and our
key and plan was to try to stop them two."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Both teams will be in action in a showcase again coming
up on Saturday, January 5th at Virginia Wesleyan College as part of the Fifth
Annual Basketball Classic Presented by Cox 11 Sports.
style=> Cape Henry takes on Miller School at 4:30 PM,
while Kecoughtan plays L.C. Bird at 7:30 PM.

Garlick's Photo Gallery
Postgame Audio with
Cape Henry Hoops Coach Mark Hall


Henry 57:
Chris Clarke - - 13Pts. 4-9FG, 5-6FT, 5Reb.
Devon Hall - - 10Pts. 5-8FG, 4Reb. 7Ast.
Ayron Hutton - - 9Pts. 4-9FG, 4Reb. 2Ast
Terry Morris - - 8Pts. 4-5FG, 5Reb.
Andrew Langston - - 7Pts. 3-6FG

line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> 56:
Rajay Bullock - - 19Pts. 6-11FG, 7-9FT, 6Reb. 3Ast.
Greg Alexander - - 15Pts. 5-13FG, 3-9 3's, 3Reb.
Marcell Haskett - - 10Pts. 5-8FG,
3Reb. 3Ast.
Kaelin Poe - - 4Pts. 2-4FG, 5Reb. 2Stl.



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