Royals knock off the RaptorsD.W. Davis on the verge of third straight undefeated season
The D.W. Davis Royals are on the verge of a third straight undefeated season – only the C.H. Reeves Raptors are in their way.
The Royals got to within one win of that third straight unbeaten season with a comfortable 49-40 win over those Raptors in game one of their best-of-three Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) junior boys basketball championship series at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium yesterday. They could complete the sweep, and end the season perfect again, with a win in game two tonight.
According to Head Coach Mark Hanna, that would be the icing on the cake for them. He said that his boys worked hard all year, and they deserve to be on top once again. He’s asking for them to finish strong, and walk off with another GSSSA junior boys basketball championship.
“It’s all about hard work,” said Hanna. “These guys put in the hard work, and it is paying off. After we won last year, we started preparing for this year right away – about a week afterwards. We worked all through the summer, and now here we are, one game away from another championship. Our goal is to finish strong and win another championship.”
The Royals led almost wire-to-wire yesterday. The game was tied at 13 after the first period, but they took a 25-19 advantage into the half. The Raptors scored the first seven points of the third period to get back in the game. The game went back and forth for the remainder of the third quarter until the Royals scored twice in the waning seconds to take a 34-30 advantage into the final period.
The Royals soon stretched the lead back to double digits as they continued to get out on transition, and capitalized on their size down low.
“With some of my guys, this is their first time playing on the big stage, so sometimes there will be jitters, but we hung in there and got the job done,” said Hanna. “Once we settled down, we were able to get the lead back to double figures. We have to make a few minor adjustments for the next game, but nothing major. Once we come out and execute like how we’re supposed to, I have no doubt that we will come out on top.”
Deangelo Foulkes led the Royals with a game-high 17 points. Kenvon Farrington scored 11 and George Colebrooke added 10. No player scored in double figures for the Raptors. Marley Major paced the Raptors with nine points. Levardo Kemp scored eight, Jaydon Farrington added seven, and Glenroy Howard contributed six.
“C.H. is a team that has been knocking on the door for a while, and they are very well coached. They will not roll over and play dead. We have to come out here and take the championship if we want to win,” said Hanna. “The competition is good – it brings out the best in us. They’re going to come ready to play for the next game, but we’ll be ready to win.”
In game one of the GSSSA junior girls championship series yesterday, the H.O. Nash Lions took down the T.A. Thompson Scorpions, 42-38.
Grennia Sands had a huge game for the Lions, finishing with 26 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Esther Pierre was their next highest scorer with six.
Adina Webster had a huge double-double for the Scorpions, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Shaquonia Daxon was their next highest scorer with nine points. She added 13 rebounds.
The results of the senior girls and senior boys games were unavailable up to press time. The second games of all four championship series will be played today at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.