|Lancaster’s Ricky Gibson drives for the goal during a quarterfinal game against Northumberland. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Marik Roy was waiting under the basket for a half-court loft and laid in a shot at the buzzer to end the tourney final with flair as the Eagles edged Colonial Beach, 58-52, for the trophy.
Washington & Lee had advanced with a one-point victory over Northumberland, 49-48, in a semifinal game last Thursday. Colonial Beach earned a shot at the title with a 67-55 win over Essex.
Colonial Beach held a two-point lead at the half in the final before W&L tied the tight contest at 39-39 to end the third. The two teams traded threes in the fourth with W&L’s Tre Brown hitting first and CB’s Keane Foster answering to tie the game at 46-46 before the Eagles started to pull away. W&L went on a 7-1 run in less than two minutes to go up 53-47 with 50 seconds to play.
The Drifters answered with four quick points, including a pair of free throws by Monte Gould to pull within a bucket, but W&L’s Brown took the inbounds from end-to-end and was fouled on the shot. He hit the foul shot for a three-point play and a W&L, 56-51, lead with 34 seconds to go.
Gould did all of his scoring from the charity line in the fourth with seven free throws and finished with 14 points as one of three double-digit scorers for Colonial Beach. Lamar Lucas led the Drifters with 21 points and Foster finished with 10.
Brown led the Eagles with 20 points, while Davon Hamilton finished with 13, Roy 11 and Jeremy Turner 10.
In a semifinal game last Thursday, Northumberland held the lead the entire game until the final buzzer when Hamilton sank the go-ahead shot to give Washington & Lee the win, 49-48.
Northumberland took control early with a 13-4 run in the first quarter, then allowed W&L to cut the halftime margin to six.
The Eagles chipped away at Northumberland’s lead with a 14-11 third quarter. The Indians were up 38-35 at the end of three.
Hamilton and Terrin Dickerson scored 10 points each to lead W&L.
Northumberland got 12 points from Tevin Carter and 10 from DaShaud Murphy.
In quarterfinal games last Tuesday, Northumberland eliminated Lancaster and Washington & Lee knocked off Rappahannock County.
The Indians led from the opening tip-off in Claraville in the first-round game and took an 18-6 lead in the first quarter after getting 10 points from Wesley Jackson.
Lancaster cut the lead to seven to end the first half with a 7-3 run in the last two minutes of the half when the Devils held the host Indians to a three-pointer by Jackson.
Lancaster got most of its scoring at the foul line in the second quarter with Tyrell Henderson sinking five of six free shots and Ricky Gibson hitting three freebies. The Devils scored nine of its 13 points in the quarter at the line.
Jackson led all scorers in the outing with 23 points, doing most of his work in the first and fourth quarters. He scored eight of the Indians’ 19 points in the final period. Carter finished with 14 and Elvin Cottrell and Murphy scored 10 each.
Henderson led Lancaster with 15 points and Gibson scored 14.
Roy scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Washington & Lee’s, 79-32, win over Rappahannock County.
The Eagles jumped to a 23-3 lead after the first quarter and led 57-21 at the half to cruise to the win.
Roy was the only double-digit scorer for the Eagles, who got a balanced effort with 12 shooters scoring.
Gavin Jenkins scored 13 points and Brandon Frye 10 to lead Rappahannock County.