Trojans rising, Raiders falling
With a late start to the season for the Essex Boys’ Basketball Team, the members managed a two-game win streak after eight straight losses. Coming into the week, the team fell to the defending state champion Lancaster Red Devils 49-43, but won their next two over Rappahannock 74-64 and Washington & Lee 60-51.
In the win over Rappahannock, Keith Bundy scored 23 points and dished out six assists followed by L.J. Johnson with 16 points on Jan. 15.
Tevin Fisher led Rappahannock scoring 18 points and was joined by Marcus Byrd with 12.
Essex’s Sterling Hammond chipped in with 10 points, followed by Alonzo Tompkins with eight, Tyrell Ware with five, Josh Freeman and Alex Balderson with four, and Drew Balderson and D.J. Ashlock with two each.
Rappahannock’s DeShawn Thompson joined in the scoring effort with 10, followed by Eammon Collins with nine, Kelvante Ellis with six, Howard Plummer with five and JaQuan Thompson with four.
Freeman led Essex with 14 points and six steals in the 60-51 win over Washington & Lee last Friday. W&L’s Milan Bullock led his team with 12 points.
Essex’s Bundy followed Freeman in double-digit scoring with 12 points along with L.J. Johnson scoring seven, Larry Hill and Hammond with five each, and Tompkins, Ashlock and Alex Balderson with four each.
W&L’s Trey Brown, Kwame Gray and Dewayne Cherry scored eight points each, followed by Terrin Dickerson with four, Jeremy Turner, Davon Hamilton and CJ Harris with three each and Jhamri Kelly with two.
In the 49-43 loss to Lancaster, Tyler Colding led all scorers with 18 points on Jan.14. Essex’s Alonzo Tompkins was the leading scorer for the Trojans with 11 points.
Lancaster’s Ricky Gibson chipped in to help the Devils with 13 points followed by Kedrick Lee and Jovante Smith with six each, and Brian Moody, Trevon Taylor and Devante Haskins had two points each.
Essex’s C.J. Jones scored nine to help the Trojans followed by L.J. Johnson with seven, Tyrell Ware with six, D.J. Ashlock with four, Josh Freeman with three, Sterling Hammond with two and Alex Balderson with one.