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Dylan Farinet and TT Carey journey into sports history

The Journal is profiling CBHS athletes who have significant athletic contributions to their school. This week our focus is TT Carey and Dylan Farinet.

Friday, March 13, 2009, will forever cast a halo over the town by the river known as Colonial Beach. In that magical year, the Drifters boys’ varsity basketball team did the unthinkable. Utilizing a core of warriors led by Tristan “TT” Carey and Dylan Farinet, the Drifters traveled to the Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond to narrowly defeat the Mustangs of Eastern Montgomery High, 77-75.

At the time, CBHS was the fifth smallest school in the state of Virginia, with a student population of 230. However, at 3:45 p.m., the Drifters put their school on the map, and their names in the record books for eternity, as the Mustangs’ attempts to tie the game failed.

Turning back the pages of time, fans who witnessed the impossible feat saw Carey at his best as he scored 37 points, including nailing the go-ahead basket with less than 20 seconds remaining. Carey also added 16 rebounds, and four steals, while Farinet scored 17 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and four steals to give their school their first-ever state title in 100 years.

As a team, the Drifters dominated the boards by out rebounding the Mustangs 57-31. After Carey nailed a short jumper to give the Drifters a 74-72 lead, Farinet nailed two foul shots to extend their lead to 76-74 with 16 seconds left. However, the Mustang guard Adam Sisson scored a crucial three-pointer to bring the Mustangs within one point, at 76-75. After Farinet responded by scoring one of two free throws, Mustang Brad Wooten’s desperation three-pointer fell short of its mark, just seconds before the buzzer sounded.

Nowadays, both Carey and Farinet are in the third year in college. While Carey is a captain/guard for the Longwood University Lancers, Farinet has become a fundamental part of the University of Mary Washington Eagles men’s basketball team.

Carey is the Lancers’ leading scorer with a current total of 211 points, while averaging 14.1 points a game, and 73 rebounds (4.9 average). He is the all time scoring leader at CBHS, and tied for the third-highest season total in Virginia High School league history. Carey is a sociology major with a minor in business management.

His numerous accolades include: 2009 Virginia Group-A and Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) Division I Player of the Year; in his senior year at CBHS he averaged 29.5 points and 9.6 rebounds; Region A and District Player of the Year; 2009 VHSCA All-Star Game, leading East team with 20 points.

After transferring from Virginia Wesleyan College, Farinet slowly made his way into the Eagles lineup. After playing in 14 games during the 2011-2012 season, when he shot 40% from the floor, scoring 13 points, including five points in a win over Frostburg State, Farinet has taken his game to a new level.

“Dylan has been great this year,” University of Mary Washington men’s head coach Rod Wood said. “It took him a little while to pick up our style basketball, and conversely it was the same for us to learn the best way to use his skills.”

Most recently, Farinet helped the Eagles defeat Washington & Lee (72-71) in overtime to win the Washington & Lee Tournament. Farinet scored eight points, acquired two steals, one block, and three rebounds.

During his high school  basketball years, he was a consistent scorer who finished with over 1,000 points, while averaging over 24 points a game. Farinet was the complete shooting and point guard who was fundamentally sound in all aspects of his game. Like Carey, he earned a number of awards including First Team All-Virginia, a two-time All-Region honoree, and a first time All-Area honoree.

The one-two knock out combination of Drifter legends Carey and Farinet will forever live long in the hearts of high school sports fans.

Leonard Banks
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