Ronald Curry Classic - Day 3 Recap

of W.T. Woodson's Championship

Bishop Sullivan 77, Williamsburg
Christian 62: In the final day of
action at the Ronald Curry Classic at Bethel High School in Hampton, VA, the Bishop
Sullivan Crusaders notched a victory by jumping out to a 15-point half-time
lead and increasing that advantage to as many as 28 going into the fourth
quarter in their 77-62 triumph over Williamsburg Christian.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the first half, Bishop Sullivan was about as
efficient as a team could be. They shot
15-of-27 from the field, 5-for-11 from three-point distance, 8-for-10 from the
foul line and committed only two turnovers.

normal'>DeAndre Barber, a
transfer from First Colonial, finished with 18 points, giving him 53 for the
three-day tournament.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Thomas East also shared team-high
scoring honors with Barber at 18 points.
East had 46 points for the tourney.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Both Barber and East scored 11 points apiece in the
first half.
normal'>Darren Belardo chipped in 13 points to
raise his total to 38 over the three days for the Crusaders.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To lead the way for Williamsburg Christian, senior
sharp shooter Jake Duncan put up 28
points. Amazingly, that was his lowest
total of the tourney, coming off a pair of 30-point performances in defeats.
style=> Duncan, headed to play his College Basketball
at the Division I level for NJIT, led all tournament scorers with 88 points.

href="">Postgame Audio with
Bishop Sullivan Coach Chris Harris

Lake Taylor 61, Booker T. Washington
47: A pair of Eastern District
schools met up in the fifth place game at the Ronald Curry Classic in a
matchup. Of course, the outcome wouldn't
affect the league standings, but it would give someone some confidence and a
winning taste in their mouths heading into the New Year.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Lake Taylor Titans got to taste victory, beating
their Norfolk rival the Booker T. Washington Bookers 61-47.
style=> Lake Taylor is now 7-2 overall, while Booker
T. drops to 4-7 overall.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Early on, it looked as if Booker T. Washington might
win. The Bookers led 20-19 at the half
and didn't commit their first turnover in the game until 2:10 remaining in the
second quarter. Titans junior guards
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Lockhart and
normal'>Darnell Jenkins sparked a third quarter run that gave Lake Taylor
the lead, and Grant Payne drilled a
step back three-pointers to end the period, increasing the advantage to 43-34
heading to the fourth quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Lockhart, the Eastern District's leading scorer,
finished with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.
style=> A couple of members from Lake Taylor's State
Championship winning football team,
normal'>Jalyn Holmes and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Donovan Powell, paid big dividends on
the hardwood as well. Holmes nearly
recorded a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds, while Powell added
11 points and eight boards.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Also giving Lake Taylor a boost in the fourth quarter
as they pulled away was Demonta
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Ward, who scored all five of his
points in the game's final period. The
Titans completely controlled the backboards in the afternoon encounter,
out-rebounding Booker T. by 22.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For Booker T. Washington, they had a pair of seniors
score in double-figures with
normal'>Zain Upshur's 13
points and Marquise Coleman's 12
points. Upshur also collected 10 of
their rebounds.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Bookers were plagued by their shooting, both from
the foul line and beyond the arc. BTW
shot 1-for-7 from three-point distance and 16-of-29 at the charity stripe.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Lake Taylor won the first meeting of the season, 57-43
at the Booker Dome. These two teams will
meet for a third time on January 18th at Lake Taylor.

Bethel 66, Thomas Edison 59:
style=> Trying to avoid falling two games below .500
mark going into January for the first time in over a decade, the Bethel Bruins
erased an early deficit and held on after nearly coughing up an 18-point lead
in edging the Thomas Edison Eagles from the Northern Region, 66-59 in the third
place game at the Ronald Curry Classic.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bethel trailed 15-14 at the end of one quarter as
Edison junior guard Markus
class=SpellE>Brumsey, part of a terrific backcourt tandem that also
includes junior Chief
class=SpellE>Amoah, scored eight points.
style=> Although Amoah
would finish with 18 points, the Bethel defense tightened the screws, holding
class=SpellE>Brumsey to just two points over the final three quarters.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In addition to the tight defense, senior point guard
and D-1 prospect Rakeen
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> 'Roc' Brown of Bethel warmed up after
half-time, scoring 17 of his 19 points to give Brown 58 for the tournament.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I was really encouraged that we defended better today,"
said Bethel Head Coach Craig
class=SpellE>Brehon, whose team lost a tough one the night before to
eventual Curry Classic Champion W.T. Woodson.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Our kids contested passing lanes, stayed in front of
their man and rebounded well for a small team out there.
style=> Edison's a good ball club and I thought we
handled ourselves well until the end of the game.
style=> We're a young team and we kind of go as Roc
goes. If he doesn't play well we kind of
buckle as well."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Carrying the offensive load for Bethel in the first
half was senior DaShawn
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Barton, whose older brother
class=SpellE>Davon was a standout for the Bruins years ago and played his
College Basketball at Christopher Newport University.

injured his knee right before the half, but would return.
style=> Barton ended up with 15 of his 21 points coming
in the first half. For the tournament,
he scored a team-high 71 points.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Not bad at all, and we need him to put the ball in the
hole," Brehon added.
style=> "I think his confidence is growing, he
understands the shot selection we want him to take and DaShawn
is a really good ball player. He and Roc
are shooting about 70% of our shots this year, so they've got to make plays for
us to have success."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Bruins lived at the foul line, converting 25-of-34
attempts from the charity stripe.
class=GramE>Brown made 9-of-11 free-throws to go with six rebounds, four
assists and three steals. Barton
hit 8-of-9 from the foul line.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Edison (4-5) would have a shot to pull within two or
one with under a minute to play, but Drew
Walton came up with two clutch defensive plays for the Bruins, blocking a
shot and getting a steal. Walton had
seven points and eight boards. Also reaching
in double-digits in scoring for Bethel with 10 points was senior forward
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Grant.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Now an even 5-5, the Bruins have their sights set on
making a run in the rugged Peninsula District.
Last season, Bethel was led by Aaron Bacote,
the co-Peninsula District Player of the Year who's now a freshman contributor
at Old Dominion. That team just barely
missed out on the regional playoffs.
This year's squad doesn't want to make it two years in a row without
getting to regionals.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We needed a win tonight against a quality opponent and
needed something positive to happen going into this tough
Peninsula District stretch," Brehon noted.
style=> "This was a key win for us and hopefully we
can build on this. We have the talent
base to be in that top four. We've just
got to start believing in ourselves."

href="">Postgame Audio with
Bethel Coach Craig Brehon

Ronald Curry Classic All-Tournament
W.T. Woodson's Peter Murray
Herndon's Will Ferguson
Herndon's Dorian Johnson
Bethel's DaShawn Barton
Williamsburg Christian's Jake Duncan



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