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The Drifters varsity basketball program is on a roll. After winning four games in a row, including a dismantling of cross-town archrival King George, the Beach has now regained their familiar swagger of confidence. Last week, the Drifters utilized their patented fast break skills to defeat King George, Amelia County and their first Tidewater victim, West Point. In the last two years, the “Black & Gold” have dominated the cross-town series 3 games to one.
Satisfied that his team is on the right path, Drifter head coach Steve Swope said, “We are still a work in progress; however, I’ve seen some little things that let me know we are on the verge of putting our package together.”
Throughout the years, the Beach has consistently maintained a high-energized court presence, complimented by an unwavering defense. “The fast-break is beginning to click, and our defensive presence is starting to materialize, while the confident look in their eyes is shaping up,” Swope said. “We still need more repetitions on shooting, and learning the overall system during the break.”
CBHS 66 – KG 59
A packed house at the famed “Drifterdome” witnessed two-heavyweight basketball teams feel each other out, before both teams accelerated into fifth gear,and went for the jugular. They ended the first quarter with a surge of jumpers and slashing moves inside of the Foxes interior post area, thereby taking the lead 22-12.
Dylan Farinet broke down the Foxes defense with penetrating moves to the basket that either led to an assist or a strong finish. Kevin “K-Dog” Swope and Jamel Dickerson completed the offensive assault with bombs from three-point land.
King George rallied in the third quarter to cut the Drifter 15-point lead to five. The game went into the money quarter [fourth] with the combatants standing toe to toe and swinging with all their worth. Although the Foxes cut the lead to two points during scoring stretch, they failed to take the lead. Donta Smith led the Foxes with 17 points, while teammate Devin Kohn added 10 points.
Drifter stats: Dylan Farinet – 21 points, 3-point basket, 8-14 free throws, 6-12 field goals, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 deflections, 4 steals; TT Carey – team high 22 points [including 7 jump shots], 8-9 free throws, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 9 deflected passes, 5 steals; Kevin Swope – 11 points, including three 3-pointers, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 deflections, 4 steals; Paul Roberson – board dominance [7 rebounds], 9 deflections, 4 steals; Jamel Dickerson – 3-pointers, 6 deflections, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Thomas Peery – 7 points, including a 3-pointer.
CBHS 63 – Amelia 56
After a tough battle during their first game, the Drifters knew the host Amelia Raiders would present a tough rematch. After battling their way to a 16-16 tie in the first quarter, the Beach managed to take a one point lead into the halftime locker-room.
The second half was a battle of wills, as both teams exchanged the lead in a back-and-forth motion. The Drifters finally won the game, with Farinet scoring 3-5 and K-Dog perfect at 2-2 from the foul line.
Drifter stats: TT Carey – 23 points [9-17 field goals], 5-6 from the foul line, 12 rebounds, deflected 10 passes, 3 steals; Jamel Dickerson 16 points [season high, 11 in first quarter], two 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 3 steals; Kevin Swope – 14 points, including three 3-pointers, 10 assists, 10 deflections, 5 steals; Dylan Farinet – 5 critical points in the stretch, 10 rebounds, 5 steals; Paul Roberson – 5 points, 3-4 free throws, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Joe Slater – instrumental in the victory with hustle plays.
CBHS 73 – West Point 42
It was blow out city from the start in this one. The smack talking Pointers came in big and brash, but could not back up their chatter as the Beach romped to a 31-point whipping. The Drifters shot 47 percent from the floor with five 3-pointers, and out-rebounded the Pointers by 10 and forced them into 22 turnovers.
Drifter stats-: TT Carey – 33 points [13-18, 92 percent from the field], including one 3-pointer, 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 14 deflections, 3 steals; Dylan Farinet – 9 points, including a 3-pointer, 13 rebounds [team hight], 11 assists, 6 deflections, 7 steals; Kevin Swope – 10 points, including two 3-pointers, 2-2 free throws, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Travis Cundiff – 7 points [3-7 from the field], including a 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Paul Roberson – 6 points, 4 rebounds, one blocked shot; Jamel Dickerson – 4 points [2-2 from the field]; Thomas Hayward – 2 points; Alex Gorfida – 2 points, three rebounds; Joe Slater – 3 rebounds; Jeremy Robinson – 3 rebounds.
The Drifters are now 1-0 in the Tidewater District, and 4-1 overall as they head into the Christmas break. The Beach will return to action in the Holiday Tournament on Monday, December 29, and Tuesday, December 30th. Don’t miss the action, as the Drifters lock horns with arch rival Washington & Lee for the first time in three years. The Holiday Tournament first round game featuring the Drifters and Eagles is scheduled for Monday, at 4:00 p.m.

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