In The Red Zone: Ken Wakefield

Friday, December 06, 2013

THE WRAP: Atlee, Hanover Boys to Tournament Title Tilts, PH Girls to 2-0....

The first major upset of 2013-14 basketball belongs to the #Atlee boys team!  Brian Miller poured in 32 points as the Raiders knocked off host Douglas Freeman 64-60 to advance to the Rebel Invitational Championship Game Saturday night!

Jarris Hendricks added 8 points, while Andrew Foster and R.J. Jenkins each had 7. The Raiders will play St. Christopher's for the title. The Saints beat Mills Godwin 74-60 in the other semifinal.

Meanwhile, Hanover survived a poor shooting night to escape with a 56-54 win over J.R. Tucker in the Conference 20 Boys Tip-Off Tournament Semifinals at Glen Allen. Jalen Elliott led the Hawks with 24 points, while Jordan Wade added 15. After being behind much of the 3rd quarter, the Hawks' full-court defensive pressure eventually wore the Tigers down, create turnovers and transition baskets.

Hanover had 71 FG attempts in the game, Tucker only 43. So, even though Hanover shot 29.6% from the field and Tucker shot 44%, it was the Tigers free throw shooting that doomed them, going 9-of-16 from the charity stripe.

The Tigers had the ball with 12.8 seconds left down two but never got a shot off as the Hanover defense knocked away a pass and the clock ran out.

The Hawks (2-0) will face Glen Allen, 70-41 winners in the other semifinal over Caroline, in the 6:15pm championship game Saturday at Glen Allen.

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Amber Lee led Patrick Henry with 14 points as the Patriots won its first regular season game over Deep Run in two years, a 46-42 road win. Last season, PH defeated the Wildcats in the T-DIT Tournament and the Colonial District Tournament, but lost both regularly scheduled meetings.

The Patriots improve to 2-0 on the young season and hit the yellow bus again Tuesday when they travel to Thomas Jefferson for a 6pm tipoff.

Lee-Davis fell to 1-2 with another tough offensive performance, falling 40-30 at St. Gertrude tonight. The Confederates face former Capital District, and new Conference 11 foe, Henrico on the road Tuesday.

The Atlee girls led at Hermitage in each of the first three quarters, but Destini Walker and the Panthers pulled away in the final stanza for a 56-45 victory to advance to 3-0. Atlee opens their home schedule with a Monday night matchup vs. Mills Godwin.

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