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The Beach loses heartbreaker at King George

The Drifters fortunes went in different directions last week. After running a textbook clinic on host and Tidewater District power King William last week, the Beach narrowly lost to archrival King George in a classic thriller by one point at the buzzer. Before the holiday break, Colonial Beach defeated King George on their home floor. Last season, the results were the same when the Foxes and Drifters split victories on the opponent’s home court.
“Our team is coming together nicely—we played our best fundamental game of the year against King William, and then played our guts out in a 32-minute war over at King George,” said Drifter head coach Steve Swope. “We have a couple of kids [TT Carey and Dylan Farinet] playing as well as any kids at the single-A level in the entire state. Our role players are feeding off them and the total scheme is coming together.”
Drifter 67 – King William 48
The Drifters and Cavaliers both came into game undefeated, with first place at stake for the victor. The Beach used a fast start to take the Cavaliers out of their game early, making them focus on playing catch-up ball for the remainder of the night.
Five Drifters scored in the opening period to help set the tone and push the Drifter lead to `18-6. The same intensity on both ends of the court allowed the Beach to blitz their Tidewater rivals again in the second quarter—taking a commanding 38-13 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Drifters withstood a Cavalier 25-11 run, to cut the Drifter deficit to 12 points late in the fourth quarter. Towards the end, free throws and solid time management spelled victory for the Drifters.
TT Carey led the Drifters with 21-points [9-18], seven rebounds, six assists, 13 deflections, one blocked shot, one defensive charge taken, and 10 steals.
Dylan Farinet combined 19 points on seven of 15 shooting [46%], nice rebounds, 11 assists, seven deflections, and five steals.
Other Drifter stats: Kevin Swope – 3 three-pointers totaling nine points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals, and 11 deflections; Jamel Dickerson – seven points [3-5], three rebounds; Thomas Peery – five points including a 3-pointser; Paul Roberson – seven rebounds, solid defense; Thomas Hayward – seven rebounds, solid defense; Alex Gorfida – two points; Jeremy Robinson – two points.
Foxes 70 – Drifters 69
The stage was set for the big grudge re-match game between the Drifters and the Foxes with the gym chocked full.
The Foxes used physical pressure defense to slow the Drifters fast break down to take a 35 – 28 lead into halftime. The Foxes four 3-pointers and crashed the offensive glass to keep the Beach within arm’s length.
The second half was a different story as the Drifters finally applied their game plan of driving the ball to the basket. Carey and Farinet constantly broke down the Foxes defenders as the talented duo scored 39 of their team’s second half points for a courageous comeback.
The Drifters went on a 19-1 run throughout the third quarter, taking a 50-43 lead into the money quarter. The Foxes rallied back to answer the bell with a 8-0 run, keeping the game and fans on edge the rest of the way.
The game came down to the last possession, after Carey scored a stick-back, giving the Drifters a 69-67 lead with 14 seconds to play. After missing a shot, the Foxes were rescued with a foul, sending Antwane Lewis to the foul line. Lewis made one out of two shots, but the Foxes got the ball back on a turnover with 3.4 seconds left. Lewis subsequently drove through the Drifters defense with a off-balance score at the buzzer.
Drifter stats: TT Carey – 33 points [12-21, 57%], 11 rebounds, 15 deflections, three blocked shots, defensive charge taken, five steals. Carey is one of the most sought after players in Virginia. Currently he is being recruited by Christopher Newport, Virginia Wesleyan College, Towson University, Radford University, and the University of Mary Washington.
Farinet also had a big night, making seven of 12 shots from the field, 10 of 14 from the foul line, scoring 24 points. He also hauled in seven rebounds, two assists, eight passes and two steals.
Other Drifter stats: Kevin Swope – eight points, two 3-pointers; Paul Roberson – eight rebounds, solid defense; Thomas Hayward – four points.
The Drifters are now 4-0 in the Tidewater District and 10-3 overall as they head towards exam week. The Beach will resume action on the Friday, January 23 when they travel to King & Queen for another crucial District contest. Follow the Drifters as they head into the second half of the season!

King George and Colonial Beach restored an age old rivalry last week when they defeated Colonial Beach 70-69. The Drifters defeated King George on their home court earlier in the season.

 

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