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It was a golden moment. On Friday night, in the town of Colonial Beach, Drifter fans waited anxiously for another magical moment in varsity basketball history. After three attempts from the field, and two foul shots made earlier in the second quarter, Monte Gould connected on his third free throw in a row to become the 14th Drifter ever to enter the 1,000 boys varsity basketball club.
Fans wearing gold hats packed the famed gymnasium to see their favorite player take his place in school history. However, amid the pomp and circumstance, there was a war brewing between the 2012 state Group-A, Division II State Basketball Champions, Lancaster Red Devils, and the Black & Gold Drifters of Colonial Beach.
In the end, fans got their money’s worth, as the long awaited full-court brawl spared no expense to yield one of the most physical epic games in years. While the Red Devils triumphed over the Drifters 51-49, they will once again renew their conference rivalry on Jan. 30. “We played awfully well tonight,” Red Devil head coach Tim Rice said. “We have a young squad that plays well one game, and the next game, not so well. Tonight we put it all together.”
The Red Devils opened the game with a 4-0 lead, and a block by Travon Taylor. Kean Foster gave the Drifters a lift with two back-to-back jumpers. However, Taylor tied the game at 6-6 with a fast break layup. Foster retaliated with two free throws to take a slim two point lead. Taylor later finished the game with 16 points, including one 3-pointer.
Later, with less than 12 seconds remaining in the half, Lamar Lucas connected on a fast break layup to extend the Drifters’ lead to 10-6. Amid the beating of the metal walls, and rumbling of the seats, Lancaster point guard #1 cut the Drifter 10-6 lead to one. Lucas would eventually lead all Drifter scorers with 17.
In the second quarter, the Drifter corps of starters found their swagger, and nearly ran away with the game. Ignited by Gould’s leap into school basketball history, the Drifters extended their lead to 20-10 with 5:27 left in the half. Later in the quarter after an exchange of baskets the Red Devils returned to form and cut the Drifter lead to six, after a 3-pointer courtesy of Taylor. Ultimately, the Drifters maintained an eight-point (25-17) advantage by halftime.
After an 8-3 run to start the third quarter, the Red Devils were within two points of tying the game at 28-26. In light of the momentum shift, the Drifters shifted from a post offensive attack to scoring from the perimeter. The tactic worked, as the Drifters sustained a six-point lead into third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Red Devils threw everything at the Drifters but the kitchen sink. From their press man-on-man defense to closely guarding Gould, they managed to take a 46-44 lead on a 3-pointer from Taylor.
With the clock winding down, both teams battled for any sign of a loose ball. After a layup by Lucas, with 51 seconds left in the game, the Red Devils relied on two foul shots made by Taylor and Devante Haskins to extend their lead to 51-49 with 2.7 seconds remaining in the game. As fate would have it, the Red Devils clogged up the passing lanes on the final throw in, leaving both Gould and Foster reaching for a ball that never came.