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Tough weekend for Drifter winter teams

20110202spWith the major exception to the Drifter girls junior varsity team (6-0, 11-4) defeating Lancaster, 29-21 to remain the hunt the for Northern Neck District championship, life in the fast lane was tough for winter sports basketball teams in Colonial Beach.
While the girls varsity dropped a crucial game to Lancaster, 45-50, falling into a tie for second place with Lancaster, the varsity boys basketball suffered another setback in their quest to rebuild their program by losing to the Red Devils 45-88 at the Drifterdome. The Drifters continue to occupy the lower end of the district with Rappahannock and Washington & Lee; all of the aforementioned teams have two overall wins this season.

Saturday, at the Drifterdome, the Red Devils (5-1, 11-3) came in blazing! Their high octane, up-tempo offense suffocated the Drifters ability to establish a consistent scoring pattern for four quarters. Whether it was speed, athleticism or team awareness, no matter what the Drifters through at their visitors from the Northern Neck, nothing seemed to work.
The first quarter bombardment of Red Devil offense may have reminded the Drifters of their earlier 28-70 lost. The Red Devils feasted on crashing the boards at both ends of the courts, while creating Drifter turnovers, which led to runs of 11-2, and 15-2. Red Devil guard CJ Shepherd poured in 10 points to lead the charge. As for the Drifters, they managed to break double digits with a 3-pointer by Randy Ruczynski and a fast-break lay-up by Monte Gould. The Red Devils led 10-29 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Red Devils resumed their fast pace of fast-break offense by scoring an additional 27 points. Lancaster helped their cause by scoring 70 percent from the foul line, with an additional 12-0 run that extended their lead to 10-39 with less than a minute left in the half.
The Beach came out with a vengeance in the third quarter, as Robey, Keane Foster, and Michael Jackson scored cutting the Lancaster lead to 22-53.
In spite of the Drifter sudden up surge in offense, the Red Devils second team managed to match their hosts basket per basket, creating an insurmountable lead that the Drifters would never recover from.
In the final quarter, after a failed attempt to stop the Red Devils with a full-court press defensive, and numerous long range shot that fell few and far between, the Red Devils had completed a season sweep of the Drifters.
While Shephard led the Red Devils with 21 points, teammate Brandon Morris added 18. As for the Drifters, Ruczynski scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Kiante Dickers added 7 points for the Drifters, including one 3-pointer.
On Friday, the Drifters travel to Rappahannock, while the Red Devils travel to West Point on Wednesday. Results of the away game featuring Northumberland were not available due to press deadlines.

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