LIVE Wednesday Blog at Scope!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Night One of the
Eastern Region Tournament quarterfinals at the Norfolk Scope is in the books
and we'll be back for a second day. Here
are the Final Scores from the games below as the Picks were a perfect 4-0,
bringing my total to 39-5 since the start of regional play across the state in
AAA Hoops.

Quarters Final - - Hampton 50, Landstown 49 (OT
Boys Quarters Final - - Great Bridge 54, Maury 42
Girls Quarters Final - - Princess Anne 70, Wilson 38
Girls Quarters Final - - Maury 51, Western Branch 42

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>That means on Sunday in the regional semifinals, it'll
be Girls Hoops action with Princess Anne vs. Maury at 2:00 PM followed by Boys
Hoops action with Great Bridge vs. Hampton at 4:00 PM.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For tomorrow, here's the slate . . .

PM (Girls) - - #1 Woodside (25-1) vs. #3 Grassfield (21-4)
4:00 PM (Girls) - - #1 Lake Taylor (23-0) vs. #2 King's Fork (23-3)
6:00 PM (Boys) - - #3 Western Branch (18-8) vs. #1 Kecoughtan
8:00 PM (Boys) - - #1 Norcom (17-7) vs. #2 King's
Fork (22-4)

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Be sure to keep it tuned to for
Recaps and much, much more in the coming days, and we'll return on Thursday
with the LIVE BLOG!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We got our first dramatic
ending and buzzer-beater of this Eastern Region Tournament at the Norfolk Scope
in the nightcap of Wednesday's quarterfinals.
The reigning State Champion Hampton Crabbers survived and move a win
away from returning to the State Tournament after outlasting a determined
class=SpellE>Landstown Eagles team that left it all on the floor 36

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Some Final Numbers below courtesy of
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Mike Whittington & STATVA (


Crabbers 50:
style=> (22-6 Overall)
Anthony 'Cat' Barber - - 21Pts. 6-21FG, 9-12Ft, 7Reb. 3Ast. 3Stl
Jordan Baker - - 12Pts. 4-15FG, GW FG, 1-6 3's, 3-4FT, 4Reb. 2Ast. 5Stl
Tre Perry - - 8Pts. 4-6FG, 13Reb.
Sammie Royal - - 5Pts. 1-4FG, 3-6FT, 5Reb.
Crabbers - - 17-56FG, 1-12 3's, 15-22FT, 41Reb. 5Ast. 17TO's,

line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Eagles 49:
(21-6 Overall)
Sebastian Sandifer - - 13Pts. 5-10FG, 3-5 3's, 2Reb.
Malcolm Worthy - - 12Pts. 5-8FG, 2-2FT, 2Reb.
Jordan Roberson - - 9Pts. 3-5FG, 3-4FT, 3Reb. 6Ast
Darius Bolstad - - 8Pts. 4-6FG, 4Reb. 4Blk.

href="">Postgame Audio with
Hampton Coach Eric Brown
Postgame Audio with
Hampton's Jordan Baker

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Once again, the Hampton Crabbers came through in the
clutch and got it done, thanks to Baker.
It was an absolutely gut-wrenching, heart-breaking loss for
class=SpellE>Landstown, a program that always contenders under Coach
Robinson and will be back, I dare say even better next year when they will make
a serious run at a state title in my opinion.
The Eagles played arguably a better game and were just as deserving to

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On the stat sheet, what stand out are the 20 turnovers
they had. Yes, they shot 47.6% from the
field compared to Hampton's 30.4% and limited the Crabbers to 30.4% from the
field, but they got to the foul line 15 fewer times and got beat on the boards,
41-24 in favor of Hampton. That
rebounding advantage they had against Nansemond River two nights earlier wasn't
quite there in this one.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It sets up an intriguing Hampton vs. Great Bridge
matchup where it will be billed by many as Barber vs. Evans, but the game to me
will come down to inside play. Four
quarters might not be enough to settle that one either.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Back with some Final Thoughts and a Wrap-Up in a few!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 8.4 seconds to
go, Cameron Alston heads to the foul
line for Landstown, leading 49-48 on defending State
Champion Hampton here in the Eastern Region Tournament quarterfinals at the
Norfolk Scope. Alston misses the

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Hampton's Jordan
Baker races up the court, drive to the hole and makes the game-winner,
doing so falling down with 1.4 seconds to go.
Time runs out and the Crabbers win.
Another memorable, clutch moment for Jordan Baker, the Big Shot Maker
and ODU signee of the Crabbers, who last year delivered with a crucial steal
and three-pointer for the Crabbers against Nansemond River in the regional
quarters at Scope.

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>BOYS QUARTERS FINAL (OT) - - HAMPTON

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Final Stats and more to come - - don't go anywhere!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 25 seconds to
go, Landstown's Jordan
Roberson makes a pair of free-throws to give the Eagles a 49-47 lead.
style=> Hampton comes right back with
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jordan Baker driving, dumping it off to
Sammie Royal and he is fouled.
style=> Royal will shoot two free-throws with 13.5
seconds left in OT.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Royal misses the first free-throw, but makes the second
and that cuts the Landstown lead to 49-48 here in
OT. It'll be the Eagles' ball coming out
of a time-out, and as long as they don't turn it over and can sink free-throws,
they'll move on to Sunday's regional semifinals against Southeastern District
#1 seed Great Bridge.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The defending State
Champs are on the ropes. Can
class=SpellE>Landstown deliver the knockout punch on Hampton?
style=> Point guard
normal'>Jordan Roberson is fouled with 48 seconds to go and the Eagles up
three, but he misses the front-end of a one-and-one.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A couple of clutch free-throws by ODU signee
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jordan Baker lets Hampton breathe a
little sigh of relief because the score is now tied at 47-apiece.
style=> However, the Crabbers know their season is
hanging by a thread, especially after star Anthony
'Cat' Barber is whistled for his fourth foul with 25.1 seconds to go in
OT. That'll send Landstown
to the foul line.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To start overtime,
class=SpellE>Landstown scores first as
normal'>Darius Bolstad misses (might be his first
miss of the night), but sophomore Malcolm
Worthy is there to clean t up with some second chance points.
style=> Hampton comes right back as
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Anthony 'Cat' Barber has his shot
blocked by Bolstad and then he gets the put-back to
tie it up at 44-all.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maybe the biggest shot of the game, Landstown's
season and Sebastian Sandifer
style='font-weight:normal'>'s career is drained on a
three-pointer in the corner. With that,
the Eagles take the lead 47-44 as we tick under two
minutes to go in OT. Hampton misses at
the other end, but Landstown can't increase the lead
as they miss a good look inside.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Sammie Royal makes 1-2FT's and the
Crabbers trail 47-45 with 1:24 to go.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This could be a wild finish folks, stay tuned!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On the inbounds
play it is Sammie the Bull, Sammie Royal,
potentially saving the day for the Hampton Crabbers and then
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Anthony 'Cat' Barber is fouled.
style=> Barber makes 2FT's to push the Crabbers lead
to 42-39.

little guy, point guard Jordan Roberson,
ties the score with 33.6 seconds to go on a basket, plus is fouled, and he
connects on the free-throw to make it 42-all.
Hampton will try to hold it for the last shot and with about five
seconds on the clock, Barber pulls the trigger on a long three-pointer that is
way off the mark. The ball goes out of
bounds and it'll be Landstown inbounding it with 0.7
seconds to go.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Barring a miraculous shot or foul, we're headed for OT.
style=> And overtime we go.

115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> 42, Hampton 42 - - OT
style=> Let's have some extra fun and play four more

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Coming out of the
time-out, it appears that Hampton has switched to a 1-3-1 zone
defense, and that invites a three-point shot attempt for Landstown,
which is off the mark.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Anthony 'Cat' Barber is fouled and the
NC State signee drills a couple with 2:15 left to play to put the Crabbers up

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>How will Landstown respond?
style=> The Eagles tie it up at 39 on
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Cameron Alston's mid-range jumper.
style=> Barber is fouled on a jumper and that draws
the ire of Landstown's
normal'>Dwight Robinson as his crew thinks that was a questionable
call. What nobody can question is the
fact that both teams have turned it over a lot in this one, a defensive battle
with each team under 40 late in the fourth quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Barber makes 1-2FT's.
Hampton leads it 40-39, but it's
class=SpellE>Landstown ball with 51.9 seconds to go and Coach Robinson
will get a time-out. Look for them to
probably try and feed it into the post to either
normal'>Darius Bolstad or
normal'>Andre Stanley.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In a span of four
possessions, Hampton turns it over three times, but a missed three-pointer by
class=SpellE>Landstown gives the Crabbers a chance to take the lead with
under three minutes to go.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Anthony 'Cat' Barber draws to the
basket, draws contact, yet no foul is called as the Eagles deny him in the
paint. The Eagles have the ball with
2:37 to play and it's still knotted up at 37.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Coach Walter
Brower of Hampton is giving one of the referees the classic icy stare,
unhappy with the no-call. Foul or no
foul, one thing must be said and that is Landstown
has played excellent defense against two of the best guards in the state, one
of whom is ranked among the top in the country.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This is the time
when the defending State Player of the Year shines and
normal'>Anthony 'Cat' Barber just swiped the ball and got a lay-up to put
Hampton ahead 36-32 on Landstown.
style=> But back comes Landstown
with Sebastian Sandifer
draining a three-pointer, then sophomore
normal'>Malcolm Worthy with a great blow-by move for two as the Eagles take
a 37-36 lead. With 4:52 to play, Hampton
finds itself in another down-to-the-wire quarterfinal game like last
season. Will they get the bounces to go
their way this time, though?

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>splits a pair of free-throws, and on two of the last
three possessions, Hampton is the team turning it over.
style=> The score is tied at 37-all with
class=GramE>under four minutes to play and the defending State Champs
are in some serious trouble with the Beach District Champs, a team that
graduated four starters from a season ago.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To close the third
quarter, Hampton keeps Landstown from tying the score
or taking the lead as Anthony 'Cat'
Barber scores inside, followed by another Eagles turnover.
style=> Through three periods of play, it's the
defending State Champion Crabbers on top of Landstown

will have to continue to defend at a high level and prevent Hampton's guards
from getting in the teeth of the defense to pull off an upset, but without any
easy run-outs or stopping the game by getting to the free-throw line, that's
going to be a hard task to accomplish.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 6:51 to play, it's Hampton up 34-32 on the Eagles.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Turnovers starting
to haunt the Eagles of Landstown now as they went
from up 28-24 to down 29-28 with 2:58 to go in the third quarter following
consecutive turnovers before crossing mid-court.
style=> Jordan
Baker came up with two steals, scoring on one and
normal'> Melvin sticking in a miss for a deuce.

has to be careful these final 2-3 minutes of the third quarter with the big man
Darius Bolstad
on the bench because they could hit a dry spell that's a turning point in
the game. To this point,
class=SpellE>Bolstad has been the difference maker in a game where he
wasn't considered THE main threat going into this game for either team.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To start the second
half, Hampton's Anthony 'Cat' Barber,
the seasoned senior, and
class=SpellE>Landstown's Darius
class=SpellE>Bolstad, the promising sophomore center, trade
baskets. Bolstad
swats a shot away and the Eagles are doing a really commendable job of
contesting Hampton's shots at the rim.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>will take a time-out just under the 6 minute mark of
the third quarter with his Eagles ted up at 22-all with Hampton.
style=> The Eagles come out of the time-out and then
go back to work, finding Bolstad inside and then
getting a field goal from Sebastian
class=SpellE>Sandifer to grab a 26-22 lead.
style=> The Crabbers just look like a different team
than the one that was hungry, feisty and battling for loose balls every
possession a season ago.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Some half-time
stats from the Eastern Region Tournament quarterfinals between Hampton and
class=SpellE>Landstown, one team trying to grab win #22 on the season
and move on to the regional semifinals on Sunday at 4 PM vs. Great Bridge
(23-3), a 54-42 victor over Maury earlier tonight.


115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> 20:
Sebastian Sandifer - - 5Pts. 2-4FG, 1-2 3's
Darius Bolstad - - 4Pts. 2-2FG, 2Reb.
Malcolm Worthy - - 4Pts. 1-2FG, 2-2FT
Eagles - - 8-16FG, 2-4 3's, 2-2FT, 11Reb. 6Ast. 12TO's

Jordan Baker - - 5Pts. 2-7FG, 1-4 3's, 3Reb. 2Ast. 3Stl.
Anthony 'Cat' Barber - - 4Pts. 2-6FG, 2Reb. 2Ast.
Sammie Royal - - 3Pts. 1-4FG, 1-2FT
Crabbers - - 9-24FG, 1-7 3's, 1-2FT, 13Reb. 4Ast. 9TO's

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For Landstown to pull it out,
they need to hit the offensive boards better in the second half.
style=> They got only three offensive boards and will
need to get more to counter for the fact they have no fast-break points (i.e.
easy buckets). The Eagles are doing a
considerably good job of keeping Hampton's guards out of the paint/lane.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Neither team is getting to the foul line enough, but it
has to be a major concern for Hampton since they were 1-for-7 from deep.
style=> I do think Hampton's guards will start to
attack better in the second half and get more touches for Royal, plus be able
to turn Landstown over, which they did 12 times in
the first half. But an upset could
occur; I wouldn't rule it out.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're deadlocked at
20 at intermission in another defensive battle.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For a moment there, it looked like Landstown
was on the verge of being blown out when it trailed 16-8, but they have battled
back and Dwight Robinson has to feel
like his Eagles are in good shape with a shot at pulling the upset.
style=> Meanwhile, coaches
normal'>Walter Brower and Eric Brown
of Hampton can't be pleased that they didn't separate and close the half
with a sense of urgency and purpose.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jordan Baker picked up his second foul
late in the quarter and it felt like they got out-worked for a few possession
that were critical in Landstown getting back in the

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Hampton has the talent and Championship experience as
well as mettle to close out strong.
Remember, they were down several points in the fourth quarter in last
year's quarterfinals at the Scope vs. Nansemond River when they went on their
memorable run to winning a state title.
Some half-time numbers in a bit

PM: Sebastian Sandifer
into the Hampton lead with a three-pointer, trimming the
Crabbers' advantage to 18-13 nearing the 2 minute mark of the second
quarter. A Hampton turnover following
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Malcolm Worthy's basket for
class=SpellE>Landstown has the Eagles within striking distance, down
only 18-15 with 2:02 to go in the second period.
style=> Worthy hits both free-throws, and Hampton's
lead is only 18-17 after it seemed like they may go up double-figures and have
a shot at pulling away.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A three-pointer from
normal'>Cameron Alston all of the sudden puts Landstown
in the lead following a Hampton turnover; it's 20-18 in favor of the Eagles
with 1:05 until half-time. The Crabbers
look out of sync offensively, haven't gotten
normal'>Anthony 'Cat' Barber on track offensively yet, and even though they
got some hustle plays from Jordan Baker and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Perry, haven't sustained that in this
first half.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Hampton is playing
some downright tough defense and has the Landstown
class=GramE>offense bottled up completely.
style=> The Crabbers lead Landstown
16-8 with just under five minutes to go in the second quarter.
style=> NC State-bound guard
normal'>Anthony 'Cat' Barber, the reigning State Player of the Year and
marquee performer for the Crabbers, got his first points with 6:58 to go in the
second quarter off a hustle play, a steal and assist from his teammate
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jordan Baker.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Baker's hustle on the defensive end has resulted in a
couple of Landstown turnovers.
style=> Right now, the Hampton backcourt has
class=SpellE>Landstown scratching its head to a certain extent.
style=> Even when the Crabbers turn it over,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Perry hustles for a block and then
races down the other end for an offensive stick-back on Baker's miss.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The move to the
bench might've backfired for Landstown and now the
Eagles have switched from a 2-3 zone to man-to-man,
and now back to man-to-man.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Sammie Royal gets some hustle points
inside for Hampton, which he did so well in last year's postseason run.
style=> A big three-pointer from
normal'>Jordan Baker (ODU signee) the
big shot maker for the Crabbers extended their lead to 10-5 midway through the

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At the end of the opening quarter, Hampton leads
class=SpellE>Landstown 12-8 and the Crabbers' coaching staff has to feel
pretty good about the fact they are in the lead despite
normal'>Anthony 'Cat' Barber not scoring a point.
style=> Barber is the Peninsula District career
scoring leader, yet was 0-for-1 in that first quarter.
style=> You know he's going to get it turned around
soon and put points up on the board in a hurry.

style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Dwight Robinson of the
class=SpellE>Landstown Eagles has to like the start for his team as they
led Hampton 4-2 just passing the midway mark of the first quarter.
style=> The Eagles are controlling the backboards
relatively speaking until
normal'>Tre Perry, who
just checked in off the bench for
normal'>Daquin Moore (ODU
football signee), gets a stick-back.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Six-foot-8 sophomore center
normal'>Darius Bolstad has to early buckets for
class=SpellE>Landstown and the Eagles' size is certainly allowing them
to get high-percentage shots inside.
Another hoop in the paint for the Eagles by
normal'>Andre Stanley and Landstown's in the lead
6-4 with 3:04 to go.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Robinson will go to his bench and bring in four new
players in Jordan Roberson,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Keanu Reuben,
normal'>R.J. Nicholson and sophomore Malcolm
Worthy. The reserves have to steady
the Eagles much like they did vs. Nansemond River.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The action is
underway between the Hampton Crabbers (21-6), the #2 seed out of the Peninsula
District, and the Beach District's top seed, the Landstown
Eagles (21-5). A couple of quick keys to
victory for each team . . .

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For Landstown, they have to
keep Hampton's two D-1 guards, Anthony
'Cat' Barber (NC State) and Jordan
Baker (Old Dominion) out of the lane as well as crash the offensive
rebounds and get double-digit second chance opportunities like they did in the
opening round vs. Nansemond River.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For Hampton, it's stick the principles that have made
them excellent in the past, which are unselfish play on the offensive end,
making the extra pass and defensively keep everything in front of you and force
Landstown to beat you with their guards and shooters
rather than the two big men.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're about 25
minutes away from tip in the other quarterfinal matchup we'll
class=GramE>have this evening between the Beach District Champion
class=SpellE>Landstown Eagles (21-5) and the reigning State Champion
Hampton Crabbers (21-6). Before we get
to that though, some quick order of business with the Final Stats from
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>STATVA (
and Mr. Mike Whittington from Great
Bridge's victory over Maury.


Bridge Wildcats 54:
style=> (23-3 Overall)
Marcus Evans - - 14Pts. 6-18FG, 1-4 3's, 1-1FT, 12Reb. 6Ast. 3Stl
Mark Madison - - 9Pts. 4-12FG, 1-5 3's, 2Reb. 4Ast.
Andre Banks - - 8Pts. 3-9FG, 2-3 3's
Steve Bienlien - - 8Pts. 2-5FG, 4-4FT, 10Reb. 4Blk
Wildcats - - 22-58FG, 4-15 3's, 6-9FT, 43Reb. 11Ast. 7TO's

Commodores 42:
style=> (21-5 Overall)
Shyheim Draughan - - 12Pts.
5-7FG, 2-4FT, 6Reb.
Anthony Williams - - 7Pts. 3-6FG, 4Reb.
Ferguson - - 7Pts. 3-5FG, 1-6FT, 5Reb. 3Blk.
Mike Basnight - - 4Pts. 2-15FG, 7Reb. 5Ast. 4Stl
Commodores - - 18-53FG, 2-13 3's, 4-12FT, 33Reb. 10Ast. 5TO's

href="">Postgame Audio with
Great Bridge Coach Gary Obenour

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Wildcats' strong finish to the game, outscoring
Maury 23-11 in the fourth quarter, was the difference.
style=> They were able to get much better shots in
the second half when they shot 48.4% compared to 25.9% in the first half.
style=> Banks' outside shooting gave them a cushion,
while Bienlien crashed the glass and contested shots
inside, and Evans filled the stat sheet despite not playing an outstanding game
for his standards.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For Maury, the Commodores suffered their first loss to
a team not named Norcom this season.
style=> They didn't shoot well from the foul line or
from long distance, and had that been different, the outcome may have been,
too. Only one player scored in
double-figures in Draughan, who was a sub most of the
year. Their offense went into a lull at
the wrong time, and in tournament play when that happens, it generally means
your season will be over.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's now over and
the Great Bridge Wildcats are moving on to the Eastern Region Tournament semifinals
for the first time since 1977-78. We'll
have some Final Stats and more in a bit.

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>BOYS QUARTERS FINAL SCORE - - GREAT

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Wildcats go to 23-3 overall and will take on the
winner of the Hampton/Landstown game coming up next.

style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Draughan scored
for Maury to cut the Great Bridge lead down to two, the Wildcats proceeded to
go score the next 10 points, keyed by a couple of three-pointers from senior
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Andre Banks.
style=> He's been the x-factor for the Wildcats in
this one down the stretch.

line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>delivers at the foul line;
he's been a real force inside rather quietly at 6-foot-7 for the Wildcats and
is one of the most serviceable, underrated big men around.
style=> Maury's offense has just been completely out
of sync in this one after starting the first couple of possessions of the game
off well by going into the post effectively.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Great Bridge star Marcus
Evans sinks a three-pointer to make this a comfortable Wildcats lead at
48-33 with 2:16 to play. The Wildcats
are now on a 13-0 run, completely grabbing this one by the throat and showing a
good deal of poise late. Great Bridge
has now scored 19 of the game's last 21 points.
It's looking like the Wildcats will be in Sunday's regional semifinals.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maury has completely
forgotten about its inside combo of
normal'>Jaleel Ferguson and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Draughan over
the last 6-8 minutes of this game and it has cost them dearly as they head to
the third quarter deadlocked at 31 with Great Bridge.
style=> The Commodores led by as many as five.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>There wasn't much better shooting in the third quarter
than what we saw in the first half in which Maury shot 37% and Great Bridge
struggled its way to 25.9%. But the
Wildcats are in good position to close this one out strong and reach the
regional semifinals.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Great Bridge starts the fourth quarter off with
back-to-back baskets from Marcus Evans and
Aaron Ferguson.
style=> That puts the Wildcats up 35-31 on Maury, a
team still searching for some kind of shot in the arm offensively in this one.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Great Bridge goes
in front on a basket from junior guard and Southeastern District Player of the
Year Marcus Evans to make the score
28-27 in favor of the Wildcats, but in a somewhat
puzzling move, Coach Gary
class=SpellE>Obenour takes him out with his second foul.
style=> It couldn't have been due to the second foul
and rather just to get a breather as he checks in a minute later.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maury goes back in front while Evans is on the bench,
31-29, thanks to a block from
normal'>Domontae Chapman and
inside lay-up from junior
normal'>Jaleel Ferguson.
style=> The commodores' wings are giving them energy,
but they need some scoring from the guards and bigs
to pull this one out. Great Bridge has
to find a reliable second scorer to Evans, a Robin to his Batman if you will,
and it may have to come in the form of either
normal'>Andre Banks or Aaron

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Five quick points
to start the second half by Maury's
normal'>Domontae Chapman and
the Commodores' lead has grown to 25-18.
Great Bridge has to change the tempo soon or else Maury will slowly but
surely churn out a win. The Wildcats
need to speed the pace up and get Maury on its heels some.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Great Bridge is starting to pick the pace up a smidge
as they now have tied the score up at 26-apiece at the midway mark on a pull-up
jumper from Mark Madison.
style=> Maury's offense is still very sluggish to say
the least and they need someone, whether it's on the court now or on the bench,
to give them a spark.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Don't forget we
have Beach District Champ Landstown (21-5) taking on
reigning State Champ Hampton (21-6) in tonight's nightcap of the Boys
Basketball Eastern Region Tournament quarterfinals at the Norfolk Scope.
style=> Right now though, we've reached the half of
Maury vs. Great Bridge and it's a defensive battle.
style=> Some numbers from our friends at STATVA . . .


Shyheim Draughan - - 6Pts.
3-4FG, 3Reb.
Mike Basnight - - 4Pts. 2-10FG, 0-4 3's, 5Reb. 2Ast.
Jaleel Ferguson - - 4Pts. 2-2FG, 3Reb.
Commodores - - 10-27FG, 0-4 3's, 0-4FT, 19Reb. 4Ast. 3TO's,

Bridge 18:
Marcus Evans - - 5Pts. 2-9FG, 1-1FT, 5Reb.
Mark Madison - - 5Pts. 2-7FG, 1-4 3's
Steve Bienlien - - 4Pts. 1-2FG, 2-2FT, 6Reb.
Wildcats - - 7-27FG, 1-7 3's, 3-3FT, 20Reb. 2Ast. 5TO's,

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maury is turning Great Bridge over more frequently than
the Wildcats are getting Maury to turn it over and that's a plus for the
Commodores. They also haven't made a
three-pointer or any free-throws, so you have to feel like that will change in
the second half. On the flip side for
Great Bridge, their star Marcus Evans has
yet to take charge under the bright lights and my feeling is he will in the
second half, plus none of their role players have really given them great
production. One or two of them likely

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The second half will come down to tempo, whoever can
get to the free-throw line the most and capitalize, and whoever can take smart
shots and finish at the rim.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's been cold here
in the Scope much of the day, but right now it's freezing on the court because
neither team can get a shot to fall from the outside it seems.
style=> We head to half-time with Great Bridge and
Maury combining for only seven points over the final five minutes of the second

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>has yet to find the touch, but Great Bridge has to feel
much better than Maury's Jack Baker right
now given that the Commodores had a shot to go up 8-10 points and didn't take
advantage of the opportunity.

- - Maury 20, Great Bridge 18

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Stats to come in a few moments . . .

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maury is starting
to get turnover happy as they've yet to increase their lead and are letting
Great Bridge hang around. The Wildcats
can't connect from deep though and still trail the Commodores, 16-15 with 4:38
to go in the second quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maury needs its guards to get the ball out of their
hands quicker and to the likes of
normal'>Domontae Chapman,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Ferguson,
normal'> Ferguson, Shyheim
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Draughan and
freshman Anthony Williams from the
foul line in closer.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For Great Bridge to go ahead, one of their main
perimeter players that complement Evans - -
normal'>Mark Madison, Byron Williams
or Andre Banks - - need to give
them scoring punch. The most likely
candidate is Williams since he was a First Team All-Southeastern District
selection. Game has gotten kind of
sloppy here and Maury lead it 20-15 with 2:55 to go in the second quarter in
what has developed into a defensive struggle.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We've reached the
end of the first quarter and Maury leads Great Bridge 14-11 after one.
style=> The Commodores hit the glass really well in
the opening period and got a couple of key steals from guards
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Mike Basnight and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Williams.
style=> Great Bridge center
normal'>Steve Bienlien got a big block and bucket
to end the quarter for the Wildcats to boost their confidence just a bit.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Right now, Great Bridge's star
normal'>Marcus Evans is a little too passive; he only scored two points in
the first quarter and he will need to take over at some point in this probably
for Great Bridge to win. The good news
is the Wildcats are right there.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Great Bridge makes
the game's first two subs, bringing in forward
normal'> Sadler off the bench and guard
normal'>Aaron Ferguson. Sadler
contributes quickly with a basket inside, but what has to concern Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Gary Obenour of
the Wildcats is they aren't getting any rebounds down low and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Draughan has
set a tone around the basket.

115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Ferguson
now check in for Domontae
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Chapman and that could make the Maury
front-line even more dangerous attacking the glass and getting second chance

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Commodores are in front 10-9 early.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Surprisingly, not
starting for Maury is junior center/forward
normal'> Ferguson, one of their two All-Eastern District First Team
selections alongside Mike
Ferguson has been nursing that serverely
sprained ankle he suffered in the Eastern District Tournament semifinals
against Norview.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The lineup for Maury is doing a great job on the floor,
especially junior Shyheim
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Draughan with
two early buckets in the paint against Great Bridge 6-foot-7 senior center
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Steve Bienlien.
style=> The Commodores lead it 8-5 early, and then
Southeastern District Player of the Year Marcus
Evans scores to slice the lead down to one before Draughan
delivers a hook shot and pushes it back up to three at 10-7 at the midway mark
of the opening quarter.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're about to
tip-off in the first Boys Eastern Region Tournament quarterfinal matchup here
at the Norfolk Scope between the Maury Commodores (21-4), #2 seed out of the
Eastern District, and the Southeastern District regular season Champion Great
Bridge Wildcats (22-3).
style=> This has the makings to be a classic at the
Scope with either team capable of winning making it to Monday night.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Quick Keys to the game for Great Bridge - - they have
to contain Maury's perimeter shooters, control the backboards and transition

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Quick Keys for Maury - - get their inside tandem of
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Draughan and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Ferguson to dominate inside and get
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Steve Bienlien of
Great Bridge in foul trouble, don't settle for too many 3's and don't let
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Marcus Evans beat you in the final

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's a Final here
at the Norfolk Scope and the Princess Anne Girls are moving on
class=GramE>to Sunday's semifinals of the Eastern Region Tournament,
where they will take on Maury.

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>GIRLS QUARTERS FINAL SCORE - - PRINCESS

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The numbers from this one from our friends at
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>STATVA (


Anne Lady Cavaliers 70:
style=> (26-1 Overall)
Justyce Swango - - 15Pts.
5-5FG, 2-2 3's, 3-4FT, 5Ast.
Gadiva Hubbard - - 13Pts. 5-11FG, 3-5 3's, 10Reb.
Morgan Cooper - - 9Pts. 4-13FG, 11Reb. 3Ast. 4Stl.
Janayla White - - 8Pts. 3-12FG, 2-6FT, 15Reb. 11Blk.
Lady Cavs - - 24-61FG, 6-10 3's, 16-29FT, 62Reb. 15Ast. 25TO's

Lady Presidents 38:
style=> (19-8 Overall)
Monnazjea Finney-Smith - - 20Pts. 5-18FG, 8-12FT,
12Reb. 4Stl. (Fouled Out)
Tommarah Harris - - 7Pts. 3-9FG, 2Stl. (Fouled Out)
Janeen Camp - - 4Pts. 1-3FG, 2-4FT, 7Reb. 4Blk
Lady Presidents - - 10-63FG, 2-11 3's, 16-35FT, 46Reb. 5Ast. 20TO's

href="">Postgame Audio with
Princess Anne's Darnell Dozier

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The defense for the Lady Cavs was just too much to
overcome for Wilson, which got held to 15.9% shooting from the floor.
style=> PA had 12 blocks and 16 steals.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>I'll give Wilson
some credit, they aren't completely throwing in the towel against Princess Anne,
but the Lady Cavs are simply too much right now.
style=> On the perimeter, their defense is locking
them down and inside they are gobbling up rebounds like me munching on cookies
back in the hospitality room.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After a win today, Coach
normal'>Darnell Dozier of PA will move to 465-42 overall, 26-1 on the
season, and sits two victories away from a tenth regional title.
style=> He's chasing that fifth State Championship
after falling in last year's State Final to Oakton.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Keep it tuned to the Blog because we've still got two
more games this evening and they come on the Boys side with Southeastern
District #1 seed Great Bridge vs. Eastern District #2 seed Maury, followed

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Princess Anne has
it in cruise control, leading Wilson 50-27 after three quarters of action.
style=> The Lady Cavs are doing it with great balance
as five different players have six points or more, including two freshmen
getting significant playing time.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It looks like it'll be PA taking on Maury in Sunday's
regional semifinals barring a comeback never seen before in the history of
mankind, and given that it has yet to happen, I doubt we're so lucky to witness
it now.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Princess Anne
Lady Cavaliers closed the first half on one of their vintage runs they're known
for under Coach Darnell Dozier.
style=> PA went on a 9-0 spurt late in the second
half to separate from Wilson and get some breathing room going into the locker
room at intermission. Three-pointers
from freshmen Danyael
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Goodhope (younger
sister of GG) and Gadiva
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Hubbard sparked that run.

- - Princess Anne Girls 36, Wilson 16

of Note at the Break . . .

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Princess Anne shot 4-of-5 from long distance in the
first half compared to 1-for-9 for Wilson.
There were a total of 25 fouls called that half with PA going 8-of-18 at
the foul line and Wilson 7-for-17.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Rebound was big for PA in that half as well with
Hubbard and Janayla
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> White combining for 14 boards.
style=> To lead Wilson,
normal'> Finney-Smith tallied seven points and eight boards,
but shot just 1-of-8 from the field against that smothering PA defense.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Wilson has really
been plagued missing easy shots at the rim.
If they would've made about five or six lay-ups, this game would be much
together than the 23-9 score in favor of Princess Anne indicates.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We've got 3:45 to go until half-time, and what's
compounding matters for Wilson is foul trouble is beginning to add up.
style=> They've got two players with three fouls
apiece in Taura
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Jones and
normal'> Harris, and two players have two fouls each in senior
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Finney-Smith and freshman
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Camp, arguably the two most important
players on the floor for the Lady Presidents.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Finney-Smith strikes with a three-pointers to cut into
that lead, but PA responds calmly and decisively with a three-pointer from
freshman guard Gadiva
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Hubbard; she's going to be a good one
and maybe the next great prospect to come out of PA.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Through one quarter
of play, it's Princess Anne on top of Wilson rather comfortably
at 15-5. Wilson had a stretch they
could've cut it to four, but missed a driving lay-up,
PA came down at the other end and got two free-throws.
style=> The Lady Cavs are as good as it gets at
increasing their lead on a two or three possession swing.
style=> When they smell blood in the water, they go
get it and bottle up teams with their defense.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>, senior forward/guard for PA, leads the way with seven
points after period.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We are underway in
the second game of the day between the Princess Anne Lady Cavaliers (25-1),
Champions of the Beach District yet again and trying to get back to the State
Championship, and the Wilson Lady Presidents (19-7), the #3 seed out of the
Eastern District which upset Kecoughtan in the
opening round of the regional playoffs.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Once again, PA has a talented squad under Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Darnell Dozier and they've replaced
guard Galaisha Goodhpe
(ODU) without missing a beat, much like they did last season when they had to
replace the nation's top center in Elizabeth Williams (Duke).

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Wilson has star to lead them in
normal'> Finney-Smith, who's headed to VCU to play her College
Basketball. She's the younger sister of
Dorian Finney-Smith, former standout at Norcom who
won State Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons and is now at the
University of Florida.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Physically, Wilson has the size and talent to match-up
with Princess Anne, but mentally they'll have to be sharp, execute, defend at a
high level for 32 minutes and limit turnovers to beat a PA team that is as
consistently sound all phases of the game as any Girls Basketball program in
the state.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's now in the
books and the Maury Lady Commodores are headed back to the Eastern Region
Tournament semifinals for a second straight year, defeating Western Branch in
the quarterfinals.

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>GIRLS QUARTERS FINAL SCORE - - MAURY

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Another terrific season for Western Branch comes to a
close at 23-4 overall. Some final
numbers courtesy of Mike Whittington and


style=> (21-5 Overall)
Chanette Hicks - - 17Pts. 3-13FG, 11-18FT, 10Reb.
5Ast. 9Stl.
Tiffany Daniel - - 10Pts. 4-7FG, 2-3FT, 10Reb.
Smith - - 10Pts. 3-8FG, 3-8FT, 5Reb.
Jayda Luckie - - 10Pts.
4-12FG, 2-7 3's, 2Reb.
Lady Commodores - - 16-44FG, 3-9 3's, 16-29FT, 33Reb.
6Ast. 9TO's

Branch 42:
style=> (23-4 Overall)
Da'lishia Griffin - - 11Pts. 5-12FG, 1-3FT, 13Reb.
Alexis McKay - - 11Pts. 5-13FG, 7Reb.
Adriane Fraser - - 10Pts. 3-9FG, 2-6 3's, 2-3FT, 2Reb.
Lady Bruins - - 17-51FG, 4-24 3's, 4-7FT, 38Reb. 10Ast. 15TO's

href="">Postgame Audio with
Maury Girls Coach Jermaine Woods

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With 4:34 to go in
the fourth quarter, Maury's Girls lead Western Branch by a count of 44-36.
style=> Western Branch came in as the #1 seed, but
probably not the favorite in the game given that Maury won by 32 a year
ago. They do have two players set to go
to the next level though in center
normal'>Da'lishian Griffin (JMU)
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> and guard
normal'> Harris (UNC-Greensboro).

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maury's got some talented underclassmen to counter with
in Chanette
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Hicks, the Eastern District Defensive
Player of the Year, and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Smith.
Both will be D-1 recruits and it looks like
normal'>Jermaine Woods's gals will be headed back to the regional
semifinals for a second straight year as long as they hit their free-throws
down the stretch.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Hello Friends!
style=> We are Blogging again for the fourth
consecutive year at the Norfolk Scope for the Eastern Region High School
Basketball Tournament! The 2013 edition
marks the final Eastern Region Tournament as next year the VHSL realignment
will create a different type of postseason play with sectionals as opposed to

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>I don't have the time or the energy and desire at this
time to go into full detail, but I'm sure we'll have plenty more here on in the coming weeks and months about that as the 2012-13
school year winds down.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>As always, the region playoffs at Scope means we have
some exciting basketball in store and you can stay tuned here to the site and
my Hatfield Sports Twitter feed for Updates, Analysis, Stats and tons of

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Let's go into the schedule and then go through the
picks I have set. For the first round of
the AAA Region Playoffs around the state, I went an unprecedented 28-0.
style=> That was followed by a rough 7-5 record in
Round Two for the Central, Northern and Northwest Region, bringing my total
mark t 35-5.

Eastern Region Tournament Quarterfinals Schedule:

PM (Girls) - - #2 Maury (20-5) vs. #1 Western Branch (23-3)
4:00 PM (Girls) - - #3 Wilson (19-7) vs. #1 Princess Anne (25-1)
6:00 PM (Boys) - - #2 Maury (21-4) vs. #1 Great Bridge (22-3)
8:00 PM (Boys) - - #2 Hampton (21-6) vs. #1 Landstown


Girls by 4 and Princess Anne Girls by 17
Great Bridge Boys by 1 in OT and Hampton Boys by 9


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