Hoops Team Topples Top-Ranked Trojans

DSC_4873Led by the intimidating inside play of Brandon Self and Bash Townes and the outside sharp-shooting of Adam Grant, the Oaks defeated top-ranked Walsingham Academy, 65-51 Saturday at the Treehouse.

Walsingham entered the game first in Division 2 private school rankings.

But the Oaks took control from the outset, building a double digit lead during the first and early second quarters. They surrendered to a Trojans run late in the second quarter to enter halftime up by just four points.

But a run by the Collegiate early in the third quarter put the home team firmly in control. Down the stretch, the Oaks missed four of five free throws to keep it close, but played tough defense with Self time and again batting away shots.

Self, a senior who played furiously inside, finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds.  He coolly swished key free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.

Townes, a freshman, poured in 15 points with his typically smart game around the rim. And Grant, another of the fab freshmen,  kept Walsingham from collapsing on the big men by being hot from the outside, scoring 14 points. Teddy Rich had a strong game as well with a dozen points.

The Oaks finished the regular season 22-5 and will be the second seed for the TCIS tourament.

They will play seven seed Hampton Roads Academy at home on Tuesday, February 19, at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to the semifinals held at Hampton Roads Academy Friday at 7 p.m. The finals will follow on Saturday at 7 p.m. back at Hampton Roads Academy.

WALSINGHAM (22-4): Kiffoun 6, LaRose 15, Blaha 7, Brown 2, Barnes 13, Sutton 8. Totals 16 19-27 51.

NORFOLK COLLEGIATE (22-5): Glover 3, Grant 14, Rich 12, Townes 15, Self 19, Chavis 2. Totals 21 21-29 65.

Halftime: Norfolk Collegiate, 32-28. 3-point goals: Grant, Rich.

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