Hurricanes Exact Revenge on Bulldogs

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Final - - #1 Heritage 66, King's Fork

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Revenge was on the minds of the Heritage Hurricanes on
Monday night when they welcomed in the visiting King's Fork Bulldogs from
Suffolk. Six days earlier, Heritage took
an L at The Kennel, falling 66-65 on a game-winner by Bulldogs sophomore point guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Wethington.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This time, there would be no need for drama at the end as
Heritage seized control from the start, blitzing to an 8-0 lead less than four
minutes into the contest on their way to rolling past King's Fork, 66-49.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"There was a sense of anger because they beat us on a
buzzer-beater and we really needed that win to get well above everybody in the
conference," remarked Heritage sophomore guard
normal'>Jermaine Marrow, who holds an offer from Hampton University.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Playing only his third game after missing the first 16
when he re-aggravated a hairline fracture in his right foot, Marrow served the
role of sixth man. His return makes an
already deep, athletic and talented team even more formidable and equipped to
make a state title run.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Coming off the bench, I just try to bring energy.
style=> I played the same role with Coach Robbie
[Williams] in AAU coming off the bench," he added.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Marrow's steal and basket gave Heritage a 14-point lead
late in the first quarter, and his brother Malik
Marrow ran the point with no trouble as he posted six points, five boards
and five assists in limited action. Moments
later, it was senior forward Troy Gibson
throwing down a slam and the Canes' advantage swelled to as many as 20
early in the second period.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Gibson along with Corey
White and Romello
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Anderson, both of whom recorded
double-doubles, cleaned the glass all night long for the Hurricanes.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I think we did fairly well.
style=> We tried to get the ball inside to Corey,
Troy, Melo and those guys.
style=> It set the tone for the rest of the game,"
commented Heritage Head Basketball Coach Mike

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With a win on Wednesday night over Nansemond River,
Heritage can lock up the #1 seed for the Ironclad Conference Tournament that
gets underway on February 17th at King's Fork.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It's very important to get the #1 seed and I think we
can do it," Marrow believes.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In their last meeting with the Warriors, Heritage used
a 16-0 third quarter run to stun the Warriors at their place, 70-55 when
Nansemond River was ranked #1 in the state in Group 4A.
style=> Heritage now is holding onto that top spot
and doesn't want to give it up any time soon.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I try to be up front with the guys so they can know
exactly what's at stake. It's very
important I go and pay attention to what we did, and hopefully we can do that
again, at least to that magnitude," stated Gardner.
style=> "We had to take care of this one first so now
I can go and focus on Nansemond River. I'm
guaranteeing I'll be ready. Now, if my
boys can be ready, we'll be straight."



background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>Player of the Game:
style=> Heritage SF Romello
Anderson - -
font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-3 wing can be dynamic at times
and showed his ability in a variety of ways against King's Fork, finishing with
18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks while shooting 8-of-13 from the field.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Any one of four or five different players could've
gotten the nod for Heritage. They put
forth another balanced effort, one of the things that makes them so challenging
for opponents to defend.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Even with a rough night shooting from three-point land
(1-of-11) and the foul line (15-of-30), the Hurricanes maintained a
double-digit advantage practically throughout and Anderson's play in the open
floor definitely helped it happen.



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

- - Fast-Break Attack:
King's Fork wasn't even truly able to get its defense set up in a
matchup zone because of how fast Heritage was playing offensively.
style=> They got out and ran, attacking the hoop
every chance they got.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Last week when we played them, we were slowing the
ball down and not playing our game," Marrow said.
style=> "This game, we played our game and the
results speak for themselves."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Lay-ups and dunks were the norm, and King's Fork never
solved the Hurricanes' lethal transition game.

#2 - - Block Party:
total of 12 King's Fork shots that got sent up were swatted back.
style=> Heritage's athleticism in the front-court and
length around the basket certainly contributed to King's Fork starting 0-for-9
from the field and making only two of their first 15 shots.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Gibson and Anderson had four blocks apiece.
style=> The Hurricanes' ability to contest and reject
shots makes life rough for offenses.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It's a real big deal," Gardner admitted.
style=> "I was fussing at Troy afterwards and said, 'you
don't have any fouls dude.' I don't like
seeing teams make layups when we're up 20.
You've got to be physical and protect the basket.
style=> If we can get that mentality, I think we can
go a long way, especially with Corey and Troy."

#3 - - Create Points off Turnovers:
one quarter of play, Heritage forced King's Fork into eight turnovers.
style=> That's approximately the same total they had
the entire game in their previous meeting.
To no surprise, Heritage held a 22-8 advantage after one quarter of play
and made 9-of-19 from the field.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I thought we were pretty good defensively and that's
the whole key to our offense," Gardner said.
"We were swarming. When we're
doing that, we're really good. I think
those guys were sort of surprised that we were at those spots when the ball
arrived. On the back side, we rotated
today much better."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For the game, King's Fork turned it over 23 times and
14 in the first half. Heritage jumped
the Bulldogs with a handful of different guards, using the Marrow brothers,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Marcus Van Hook,
normal'>Michael Duncan, Justin
class=SpellE>Fantleroy, Devin
Brailsford and
normal'>Lorenzo Judkins.
style=> That rotation gives Gardner plenty of

"Verdana","sans-serif"'> "One thing we are
deep at is the guard position. With the
guards we have, I don't think anybody can play with us," believes Marrow.

none;text-underline:none'>Postgame Audio with Heritage Coach Mike Gardner

Final Stats:

Hurricanes 66:
style=> (15-4; 7-1)
Romello Anderson - - 18Pts. 8-13FG, 2-6FT, 11Reb.
3Ast. 4Blk.
Troy Gibson - - 11Pts. 5-10FG, 1-2FT, 9Reb. 4Blk.
Corey White - - 10Pts. 3-6FG, 4-4FT, 10Reb. 2Blk. 2Stl.
Marcus Van Hook - - 10Pts. 4-13FG, 2-2FT, 2Stl.
Malik Marrow - - 6Pts. 2-3FG, 2-3FT, 5Reb. 5Ast. 2Stl.

Fork Bulldogs 49:
style=> (11-9; 4-4)
Dale Roscoe - - 12Pts. 5-11FG, 2-2FT, 8Reb.
Deshaun Wethington - - 8Pts.
4-10FG, 2Reb. 4Ast.
Justin Chicot - - 8Pts. 2-10FG, 2-5 3's, 2-2FT, 2Stl.
Akil Freeman - - 7Pts. 0-2FG, 7-8FT, 3Reb.



115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";text-decoration:none;text-underline:
none'>Matthew Hatfield
style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>
serves as State Basketball Analyst for
style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";
115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>, part of the
Network. Check out
text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Hatfield's Twitter page
115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'> for more sports related updates,
and you can also read his work in the
style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";
text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Suffolk News Herald
115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>.
To contact Matthew, please e-mail
style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";
115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>, and don't forget to listen to him
every Saturday from 10AM to Noon on
style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";
text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>ESPN Radio 94.1
115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>, plus watch him on the
style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";
text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>Cox 11 Sports Report
115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"'>.

Sign up for premium access to with a 7-day free trial!
Check out our FREE top prospect listings:
Class of 2012 |
Class of 2013 |
Class of 2014  | 
Class of 2015 (Premium)
Follow all the hoops commitments via
Basketball Commitments Tracker (FREE!)
VIP Board provides the latest in recruiting updates plus in-depth top
prospects lists for football, basketball and baseball!