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Drifters defeat Riverheads

VHSL State Championship Quarterfinals

   The Drifters continue to climb the ladder of success, as they’ve walked where no Drifter basketball team has ever walked. As the “Black & Gold’ march deeper into the State championship, they continue to rewrite the history books at Colonial Beach High School [CBHS].
   After winning the Region-A championship game last week, the Drifters won their first VHSL State championship game. Before a plethora of Drifter fans,  the Beach pummeled the top ranked Riverheads Gladiators from Staunton, Virginia on Saturday night at the Siegel Center, on the campus of VCU, in Richmond, Virginia.
   “Our kids were psyched to play in the big time venue and they didn’t disappoint,” Drifter head coach Swope said while reflecting on his team’s continued success. “They fed off the frenzy our crowd created and proceed to run the Riverheads out of town.”
     VHSL State Tournament
     Quarterfinals
     Siegel Center,
     CB 70 – Riverheads 48
   As the war between two of the top single A teams [Drifters & Riverheads] in the state began to brew, the superlatives of two different styles of play fed into the highly volatile atmosphere created by the Drifter crowd and the fortune of advancing into the semifinals on Thursday.
   In the first quarter, both teams felt each other out, until the Drifter 1-3-1 zone defense made the Gladiators cough up a couple of turnovers, which were converted into an early lead for the Drifters.
   Jamel Dickerson long-range jumper set the tone for a productive Drifter run. Paul Roberson followed Dickerson’s score up with a stick-back basket.
TT Carey helped finish off a productive 19-11 first quarter lead by stroking a three-pointer, that sent a message to their visitors from Staunton, that the game was on. The Drifters led by Carey’s seven points and Jamel Dickerson’s five points in the second quarter, pushed their halftime lead to 15 points, at 35-20.
The Drifters also gave the Gladiators a dose of good ole fashioned defense by holding their six foot six center, Josh Humphries to two points at the half. Demetrius Younger kept the Gladiators competitive by scoring three 3-pointers.
   The Beach began the third quarter with a 9-2 run, which gave them a cushion of separation, and option of burying the Gladiators into a deep scoring deficit, courtesy of fast breaks.
   Carey’s sports-center top 10 highlight dunk over six foot guard Cody Montgomery rattled the whole arena and the Region B representative.
Ahead 49-29, and entering the money quarter, the Drifters led by Dylan Farinet’s nine points, took out their opponents heart and will, soon found themselves advancing to the semifinals.
   Interestingly enough, Carey who survived the night, plagued by foul trouble, finished the night with a solid game that featured 22 points. Carey dazzled the fans, players and college scouts who were in the stands with his skills on both ends of the court. The talented point guard made nine of 14 shots [76%] from the field, pulled down seven rebounds, blocked two shots, dished out two assists, and picked up three steals to cap off his night’s performance.
   Farinet had a solid game as he made seven of 10 free throws down the stretch. He also scored a three-pointer before totaling 22 points for the night. Farinet snared 10 rebounds, handed out a team high eight assists, and produced three steals.
   Drifter stats continued: Jamel Dickerson- 7 points, solid on defense, holding Gladiator leading scorer Cody Montgomery in check all night; Thomas Peery – 7 points, including a 3-pointer, scored 3 of 6 from the field [50%]; Kevin Swope – 5 points [2-2 free throws], 2 rebounds, 2 assists; Paul Roberson – 4 points, solid defense; Jeryl Dickerson – 3 points, 3 rebounds; Joe Slater – solid performance; Ken Devers – solid performance.
   Throughout the years the sixth man, also known as the Drifter fan faithful has always played the part of the unsung hero. Last Saturday’s huge Drifter fan turnout is evidence of the Drifter fan loyalty to the Colonial Beach High School sports programs. “The crowd was definitely our sixth man, as they created a big-game atmosphere,” coach Swope said. “The chants of CB, CB echoed throughout the whole arena, as the Gladiators appeared intimidated by the explosion of fan applause.”
   The Drifter win streak has now reached 15 games in a row, skyrocketing their overall record to 25-3. Fans are urged to attend the State championship semifinal game featuring the Drifters and Region C power Altavista, on Thursday, March 12, at the Siegel Center. The game will begin at 1:00 p.m. Good luck Drifters!

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