With four games this past week and in tenth place in Region 1A rankings it appeared at week’s beginning, the Indians would easily advance to the region playoffs. But by week’s close on Saturday, the Indians had to rely on Friday’s Senior night win over W&L to grab that last slot and advance. “We didn’t take advantage to all our opportunities that were put before us,” were the words of Coach Michael Stevenson.
On Monday, at Lancaster, a terrible fourth quarter led to a 79-61 loss. On Wednesday, at Essex, it was another final stanza disaster in a 65-49 loss. On Friday night for Senior Night activities, they hung on for a much needed, 62-55 victory. On Saturday, in a make-up game at Colonial Beach, the Drifters took their third straight from the Indians 57-44.
At Lancaster, Stevenson said “I thought we played well for three quarters. They played a great fourth quarter, we couldn’t get anything going offensively.” The Indians scored 40 first half points and led by two at intermission. The score was tied at the end of the third but Lancaster went on a 27-11 tear to take to win. Stevenson noted “They played very well not to be counted out of the region finals.”
Delvin Palmer had the hot hand with 24 points. Nick Basye had 12, Kendirc Dobyns seven and Quadrees Mathews six. Keon Redmond grabbed seven rebounds, Dobyns six and Palmer five. Palmer also added five assists and four steals. Dionta Kelly had three steals.
The same scenario happened on Wednesday this time it was the Northern Neck’s leading scorer Tamaje Jones getting hot and scoring thirteen of his 26 points in the last eight minutes. He got hot and we weren’t able to close him down, explained Stevenson. The Trojans 25-12 scoring edge blew open what had been a close game.
Palmer had 21 for the Indians, Basye eight and Dobyns six. Dobyns, Mathews and Redmond all had seven rebounds. Kobe Wiggins had five assists, Palmer three with four steals.
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