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The Colonial Beach boys’ varsity basketball team has gone where no Drifter athletic has gone before. Thanks to the Drifters' historic Group-A, Division 1, State Basketball Championship win over East Montgomery, the Beach will forever be remembered as a town of champions.
The little 185-student school, grades 9-12, that’s tucked away off the beaten path from the banks of the Potomac River has now produced its very own first state championship.
“It was the most exhilarating feeling I have ever experienced,” Drifter head coach Steve Swope said. “The game was an instant classic, with both teams playing their hearts out—and down to the last shot of the game, fans were on the edge of their seats.”
The two-day championship event began on Thursday, March 12 when the Drifters representing Region-A took on Region-B’s best, Altavista in the semifinals.
CB 55 – Altavista 36
The battle between two contrasting styles made for a very interesting night. The Colonels were a very deliberate, slow-down type of offense, while the Drifters are most accustomed to the up-tempo fast break mode—something had to give.
The Beach opened the game with a 8-0 run, taking control of the style they wanted to dictate. Unable to keep up, the Colonels fell prey to the Drifters transition.
All-Region star TT Carey finessed his way to 23 points, making eight of 11 foul shots down the wire in the money quarter. He pulled down a team high 14 rebounds, including 12 of them on the defensive glass. He also blocked a couple of shots and stole two passes to put an end to the Colonels' state championship hopes.
Igniting the Drifters firepower, Dylan Farinet totaled 14 points, five assists, picked up two loose balls and eight rebounds. Carey and Farinet combined for 13 of the Drifters' 18 fourth quarter points as the Beach extended their 11-point third quarter lead into a comfortable 19-point win.
State championship final: East Montgomery vs. Colonial Beach
In the first half, the Mustangs, behind Henry Hall’s scoring that totaled 21 points, including five three-pointers, kept pace with the high tempo offense of the Tidewater-A District and Regional champions.
After trailing in the first half [33-27], the Beach never lost their poise. Instead, they relished the moment by making the necessary adjustments at halftime to bombard the Mustangs with steals, deflections and fast-break scoring opportunities that left their foes flatfooted, and wondering how to counter a 15-0 run—and the seemingly unstoppable moves of TT Carey and Dylan Farinet. The Drifters turned a six-point deficit into a nine-point lead.
The Mustangs, who set a new VHSL State Tournament record for total three-pointers , made it a game as they clawed their way back with six 3-pointers late in the third period.
It was a Drifter two-point lead entering the money quarter with everything on the line. Both teams exchanged leads several times throughout the final eight minutes.
It came down to a Drifter possession with the score tied, 72-72 with 18 seconds left. With the ball in Carey’s hands, he backed a Mustang player into the paint, scoring a basket, while getting fouled. After Carey missed the foul shot, Farinet pulled down the offensive rebound—while getting fouled in the process. With 14 seconds left, Farinet made both free throws, giving the Drifters a 76-74 lead with 14 seconds left.
After the Mustangs countered with athree-point score to cut the lead to 76-75 with six seconds left, Farinet was immediately fouled on the inbounds pass. After making one out of two shots from the paint, Farinet put the Drifters ahead at 77-75.
Brad Wooten took the final desperation shot, but Drifter forward Jamel Dickerson saved the day with a solid defensive effort that caused Wooten’s shot to miss-fire off the basketball rim. An instantaneous explosion of Drifter pandemonium roared throughout the Siegel Center as the Beach celebrated on mid-court.
“This was a well-oiled machine all year, that was built around teamwork, team chemistry and the will to compete night in and night out,” coach Swope said. “Now they will go down in the archives as the best team ever.”
While Carey finished the game with 37 points; 23 of his points came in the second half. Carey also crashed the boards with 16 rebounds. After eclipsing the Drifter all-time scoring record this season, Carey also tied Tyree Evans of George Wythe High School for third place on the VHSL single season scoring record list. First and second place honors belong to NBA greats, Moses Malone and Allen Iverson. Carey’s career high school scoring stats total 2,481 points.
Reminiscent of a sleeping time bomb, Farinet ripped open the Mustangs defense with all 18 of his points scored in the second half. Farinet also added 19 rebounds to his double-double game.
The Drifters owned the post area by out-rebounding their taller opponents, 52-31. In fact, Drifter post-men, Paul Roberson and Jeryl Dickerson limited the Mustang’s six foot five center, Laquin Khalil to nine points.
Other Drifters who contributed in scoring were: Thomas Peery – 8 points; Jeryl Dickerson – 7 points; solid defensive performances by Paul Roberson, Jamel Dickerson, Thomas Peery.
The celebration went back up 95 North to the school parking lot, where the lot was choked full of cars, fire trucks and ambulances waiting on the team. When the team bus pulled in, the monster crowd formed a gauntlet for the bus to drive into. The entire team received a standing ovation, hugs and kisses from all the well wishers.
The players re-boarded the bus and took the police car escort traditional ride around the point. Sirens and horns blasting, the 200 car “Hoosiers-like" following made their way down Colonial Avenue, Washington Avenue to Irving Avenue and back around Monroe Bay Avenue and again to the school. It was a trip of a lifetime for all to witness and enjoy. It was truly an outpouring of love and support from the whole community.
The 2008-2009 Drifters program finished the season on a 17-game winning streak. Also, they were 12-0 in the Tidewater-A District, 3-0 in the Region-A, and a perfect 3-0 in the State Championship Tournament.
Finishing at 27-3 overall, the Drifters also won the Northumberland Christmas Tournament, Tidewater District Tournament, and the Region-A Tournament.
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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
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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TT Carey continues to impact Drifter history
The 2008-2009 Drifters are without a doubt one of the best basketball programs in the state. Most recently, the “Black & Gold” continued their journey into the record books, as they ventured into the unfriendly confines of Surry County. On Saturday night, the Drifters brought home a shiny championship trophy and the nets that were cut from the rim, as evidence of their first ever boys’ basketball Region Championship in school history.
The three-game march into history began on Wednesday with a hard fought victory over Charles City, at the Drifterdome in the Region quarterfinals. After crushing Charles City, the Drifters hosted Surry in a rematch of sorts that would lead to an invitation to the VHSL State tournament, at the Siegel Center facility on the campus of VCU, in Richmond, which begins on March 7 at 5:00 p.m.
The Drifters pulled no punches in disassembling the Cougars to advance into the next phase of post-season play. On the following evening, the Drifters entourage, complete with players, coaches and fans, traveled to Surry to witness the demise of Franklin County.
After pummeling the Broncos, the Drifters traveled back to the Beach to take their traditional ride around the Point to celebrate their victory. And, yes, the light was still on for them at Hilda Clark’s house, at 1611 Irving Avenue.
“Our team put on a three-day display of offensive fireworks, mental and physical toughness and the will to play together as the best team in this Region,” said Drifters boys’ varsity head coach Steve Swope said. “We were ranked number one in the Region from start to finish, and going 15-0 for a reason. We are a pretty good team—this school, this town and this community has much to be proud of with this group of young men.”
CB 75 – Charles City 47
With the possibility of upset lingering within the depth of their minds, the number eight seeded Panthers from Charles City left their hearts and dreams on the floor, as the Drifters pounded them with their relentless offensive machine. The Panthers behind Trevor Jones, kept the game close at the halftime break [33-30]. Jones scored 13 of this his team high 18 points in the first two quarters.
In the second half, the Panthers sudden success was short-lived. The Drifters out-scored them 20-9 in the third quarter, as the dynamic duo of TT Carey and Dylan Farinet took the game over. Carey scored 15 of 26 shots [58%] from the field, nine of 11 free throws [82%] from the foul line, ripped down 12 rebounds, dished out four assists, deflected 13 passes, took a defensive charge, blocked a shot and produced six steals to completely take over the game.
Junior, point guard Dylan Farinet provided the usual steady performance with 17 steals, 16 rebounds, four assists, eight deflections, two blocked shots and two steals.
Drifter stats continued: Jeryl Dickerson – 10 points [5 of 10, 50%], an 10 rebounds; Thomas Peery – 5 points, three-pointer, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Paul Roberson – 3 rebounds, solid defense; Jamel Dickerson – 3 steals, took a defensive charge; Kevin Swope – three-pointer.
Region-A tournament semi-finals, CB 100 – Surry 76
Jeryl Dickerson’s free throw with two seconds left on the game clock pushed the Drifter scoreboard to triple digits and the packed house crowd at the Drifterdome exploded. The partisan Drifter crowd cheered as the Drifters tasted the sweet taste of revenge over the same team that defeated them a year ago, to the day. The addition of home court and the sixth man played a big role in the team’s success.
TT Carey played his final on the Drifterdome floor and saved his best performance for last. During the game, he established a new career high, single game and boys’ basketball Drifterdome high of 46 points.
“I have never witnessed a more dynamic performance by a Drifter basketball player in my 30 years of coaching here,” coach Swope said. “The beauty was that TT set these records on the biggest stage, and against the toughest team imaginable.”
Carey made an incredible 16 of 27 shots [59%] against Cougar defenders. He buried one three-pointer and torched the nets with an assortment of drives and jump shots. Carey also made 13-14 free throws [93%], when he stepped to the line. His overall well-rounded game was still there as he pulled down 14 rebounds, issued three assists, deflected 11 passes, blocked three shots, drew two defensive charges and recorded seven steals.
Carey’s partner in scoring dominance, Dylan Farinet also set a new career high in points with 34, coming on an array of slashes to the basket and pull-up jumpers from the perimeter. Dylan stroked a deadly 12 of 19 shots [63%] from the field, including four 3-pointers, and completed six of eight free free-throw attempts successfully. He finished with 10 rebounds, five assists, six deflections, a blocked shot and a couple of steals.
Farinet and Carey combined for 80 points of their team’s 100 point total.
Drifters stats continued: Jeryl Dickerson – 10 points, 11 rebounds; Thomas Peery – 5 points, three-pointer; Jamel Dickerson – 4 points; Kevin Swope – 1 free-throw [accounted for the 100 points by the team].
championship at Surry County
CB 84 – Franklin 57
The Drifters loaded up and traveled to Surry County the next evening to take on Franklin High School in the Regional championship.
After feeling their way through the first quarter, the Drifters got down to business and showed the crowd what they were made of. The red-hot Drifters turned a 23-13 first quarter lead into a 46-26-halftime lead, and never really looked back.
The Beach promptly gave the Broncos a beat down in the second half, as they extended their lead to 27 points in early hours of the morning.
After a season of jaw-dropping performance, could the area’s number one basketball player have anything left in the tank? The answer to that question can be found in the his Region Player of the Year award, and a 42-point performance on top of his 46 points the previous night. The word astonishing doesn’t begin to describe Carey’s remarkable high school sports career.
After a buzzer beating three-pointer by Thomas Peery, the Drifters and fans celebrated, received the championship trophy and cut the nets down. Carey was selected as the Region-A tournament MVP, while Jarod Flores was hoisted into the air after receiving the championship trophy.
The Drifters [15-0, 24-3] will head into the VHSL State tournament on Saturday, March 7, at the Siegel Center to play Riverhead High School at high noon [12:00]. The Drifters are currently on a 14-game win streak.
Carey’s stats: 15 of 25 shots [60%], including six 3-pointers, and 6 of 8 [75%] from the free-throw line, 11 rebounds, 11 deflections, 2 blocked shots, 2 assists, 2 steals.
Drifters stats continued: Dylan Farinet – 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 9 deflections, 1 blocked shot; Jeryl Dickerson – 12 points [third straight night], 10 rebounds; Kevin Swope – 6 points, two 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 5 deflections, 2 steals, 9 assists; Jamel Dickerson – 5 points, three-pointer, 2 assists, 2 steals; Paul Roberson – 3 points, 5 rebounds; Joe Slater – 2 points; Alex Gorfida – 1 point [free-throw]; Thomas Peery – three-point [buzzer beater to end game].
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The Drifters varsity basketball team will be headed to the VHSL State tournament quarterfinals this weekend to take on Riverhead High School from Staunton, Virginia. The game will take place at the Siegel Center facility on the campus of VCU. The VHSL has set a 5:00 p.m. starting time for the Drifters to plunge into their first state competition for the boys’ program.
Put on your best Black & Gold outfits and follow the Drifter excursion down 95 south for what promises to be an exciting adventure in our state’s capital this Saturday.
For more information and directions to the game, call the Colonial Beach High School office at  224-7166.
Picture caption: Drifter forward Dylan Farinet [right] has consistently impacted his team's offense in every game this season.
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Tristan [TT] Carey of the Colonial Beach Drifters has been named the “Player of the Year” in Region-A, for boys’ basketball. Carey has dazzled the entire area and Region with his amazing basketball skills throughout his successful career, and now he’s topped it off by adding this trophy to his collection as the Region’s best.
Carey averaged close to 30 points a game, scored an incredible 802 points in his senior season, became the all-time scoring leader at Colonial Beach High School with 2,400 points. And he’s not done yet, as the high impact player heads into State competition this weekend. Carey also averaged close to 10 rebounds a game, five assists, 10 deflections and six steals.
Drifter boys’ varsity head coach Steve Swope affectionately calls Carey the face of his basketball program, and an extraordinary young student/athlete for our community to be proud of.
Carey’s teammate, Farinet was named to the second team All-Region, as he provided a combination of skills that mesmerized his rivals, night in and night out. Farinet averaged over 20 points per game, scored over 500 points total on the season. In addition, he averaged 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals per game to delight Drifter fans every game.
“Dylan is the most fundamentally skilled kid I’ve ever coached,” coach Swope said. “Dylan can beat you in so many different ways—he plays the game with his head, his heart and allows his strength to overcome his opponents.”
First Team All-Region-A: David Copeland – Chesterfield Community; Darius Robinson – Northampton; John Dille – Essex; Donzell Shearin – Franklin; TT Carey – Colonial Beach [MVP].