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Drifters and Eagles collide for the second time this season

It was a war that will never be forgotten. No matter how the season ends for the Colonial Beach High School boys’ varsity basketball team (3-2), they will have the distinction of defeating Washington & Lee twice during the 2013-2014 winter sports season. What does that mean? In short, the mere mention of having Northern Neck bragging rights over the Eagles is equal to winning a conference championship.

The Drifters and Eagles will battle on two more occasions (Jan. 15, and Feb. 4) during the regular season.
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, fans from both areas of Westmoreland County filled every available bleacher in the Drifterdome to cheer on their beloved team. However, when the cheers, screams, brawls, bleacher banging and crashing stopped, the Drifters walked off the floor with a 66-57 victory.

Earlier in the month, during a basketball tournament, the Drifters defeated the Eagles in Montross, 62-56.
“I knew they (Washington & Lee) were going to make a run,” Drifter boys’ varsity head basketball coach Jonathan Parker said. “When we were up by 16 at halftime, I told my guys not to give up. Later they cut it down to four points, and we fought back and stood our ground for the rest of the night.”

From the moment of the tip-off, both teams never took their foot off of the accelerator. Within two seconds, Monte Gould’s 3-pointer from beyond the arc ignited a 8-0 Drifter run. After the Eagles responded with three Jeremy Turner jumpers, including a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 11-8, the Drifters, behind Kean Foster’s 3-pointer, finished the quarter with a 9-0 run, a 20-8 lead, and the referees gasping for air.

With the decibel scale exploding, and the structure of the Drifterdome rattling, the Drifters dominated both sides of the boards in the second half with a 14- to 9-point advantage. Gould scored a total of 13 points in the first half, while the supporting cast of Drifters held the Eagles at bay.

Although the Drifters led by 16 at halftime, the Eagles slowly chipped away at the lead. After 3-pointers by Terrin Dickerson and Trey Brown, cutting the lead (44-34) to 10 points, the Eagles suddenly found themselves within striking distance with 3:16 left in the quarter.

In the face of a relentless Eagle press defense that forced a string of turnovers, the Drifters were precariously holding on to a four-point lead (49-44) at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the intensity level had reached the breaking point for both teams, as every passed, tipped or loose ball was physically contested. Somewhere deep in the depth of Drifter pride, the Black & Gold found a way to fight through the turmoil associated with the Eagle press, and the screams of the Eagle fan base to hold on to a 6-8 point lead. In the final seconds, Gould stole an Eagle inbound pass, and the battle was over for the evening, but the war goes on.

Fasten your seatbelts, because the war between the Westmoreland titans is about to heat up.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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