Boys’ playoffs draw near
As the regular season begins to wind down, the Rappahannock High School Boys’ Basketball team looks likely to miss the Northern Neck District Tournament and Essex in the hunt to reach the playoffs after a late start to the season with the football playoffs. But last week’s results forced a bit of a three-way tie with Washington & Lee and Northumberland heading into the final week of the season.
Essex’s Drew Balderson finds space to make a jumpshot over a defender.
In action last week, Essex and Rappahannock both defeated Northumberland. Early in the week, Rappahannock won 60-57 and Essex 46-44.
Knocking down the winning basket, Essex’s Alonzo Tompkins helped lead his team to a 46-44 win over Northumberland.
Essex’s Sterling Hammond scored seven points, followed by C.J. Jones with six, Alex Balderson and Keith Bundy with three each, D.J. Ashlock, Josh Freeman and Larry Hill with two each.
Earlier in the week, Tyler Colding, of Lancaster, led his team with 40-33 win scoring a game high 17 points. Essex’s D.J. Ashlock scored 10 points.
Keith Bundy, of Essex, scored eight points in the game followed by Alonzo Tompkins with six, Sterling Hammond with four, Alex Balderson with three and Larry Hill with two.
Marcus Byrd led Rappahannock in their first district win scoring a game high 16 points in the 60-57 win over Northumberland. Northumberland’s Keith Bryant led his team with 13.
Rappahannock’s Tevin Fisher was the game’s second highest scoring leader with 15 points. DeShawn Thompson chipped in with 11 points followed by Kelvonte Ellis with 10, JaQuan Thompson with six and Howard Plummer with two.
In the Colonial Beach 75-54 win over Rappahannock, Montie Gould scored 22 points and collected 12 rebounds to help lead the team to their second head-to-head win against the Raiders. Rappahannock’s Kelvonte Ellis scored team high 19 points.
Rappahannock’s Marcus Byrd chipped in with 14, Tevin Fisher 11, Kilvante Newton with four, Dequan Eamonn Collins with three, Howard Plummer with two and JaQuan Thompson with one.
Washington & Lee ended their head-to-head games this season against Rappahannock with a third win. In the final regular season game, Washington & Lee defeated Rappahannock 79-61 led by Jeremy Turner with 21 points. Rappahannock’s Tevin Fisher led his team with 20.
Rappahannock’s Michael Gaines chipped in with 19 points followed by Kelvonte Ellis with 12, JaQuan Thompson and DeShawn Thompson with three each, and Andre Brown and Marcus Byrd with two each.
Editor’s note: Check Northern Neck District Update for current scores and standings.