Cohesive play from the Rappahannock varsity basketball team drove them past Nandua to give the Raiders their second victory in their first three games this season.
Rappahannock Head Coach Jonas Ankrom said his Raiders showcased team basketball and unselfish play in their victory tonight.
“We really, really prided ourselves on defense and rebounds, which is what we struggled with earlier in the week,” Ankrom said. “We were very sloppy the first two games, and tonight we had a focus of what was the task at-hand. We knew Nandua was a really good team and we knew that this was going to be a really tough challenge, and they stepped up and played really good basketball.”
Ankrom said that his team’s effort and hustle were key in tonight’s win.
“I really think we out-hustled [Nandua] all night,” Ankrom said.
Nandua trailed Rappahannock by two points at the end of the first quarter, but a 20-point effort from the Raiders in the next segment gave them a 33-24 lead in the first half. Both teams scored 14 points apiece in the third quarter, but a big final segment from the Raiders all but secured them the victory over Nandua, 64-45.
Marcus Ball led the Raiders in scoring with 21 points, followed by Kelvonte Ellis with 17 and Marcus Byrd with 16.
Rappahannock has an away game against Mathews, a home game against Charles City and an away game against King and Queen coming up.
“Hopefully we’re going to rattle off some wins here and get some momentum,” Ankrom said.