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Drifters bring home Region-A tournament championship

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.”
Region-A, quarterfinals
   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].
   Region-A tournament
   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].

Drifters headed to States

   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 [804] 224-7166.

Picture caption:  Drifter forward Dylan Farinet [right] has consistently impacted his team's offense in every game this season.


TT Carey selected as the Region Player of the Year

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].

Drifters win it all

The "Black & Gold" are undefeated Tidewater champions

   They are simply the best basketball program in the Tidewater-A District.
   None can compare to the Drifter varsity basketball program, especially after they closed out their two-year tenure by pounding West Point and Mathews in the District tournament on Saturday night.
   Before a raucous pro-Drifter crowd, in the unfriendly confines of King William High School, the Drifters celebrated their victory over Mathews in center court with hardware associated with championship crown. Reflecting on his team’s performance, Drifter boys’ varsity head coach Steve Swope said, “This was a great finish. Our team is running on high octane right now—and we hope to take it up a notch when the Regions start next week [home, Wednesday]."
   Tidewater District Semi-Finals
   CB 75 – West Point 38
   The Drifters jumped on the Pointers early in the first quarter, building a 22-10 lead and then blew the game open as it progressed. Combined with fast-breaks and speed, the Drifters ran away with the game by extending their lead to 15 at halftime, 21 at the end of the third period and 37 by the end of the game.
Senior, point guard and area leading scorer, TT Carey had a banner night as he scored 28 points [12-24, 50%]. He also pulled down 10 rebounds, dished out six assists, deflected 12 passes and produced seven steals.
   Junior, point-forward, Dylan Farinet added another dose of doom against the Pointers as he scored a total of 23 points. In addition, he pulled down 13 rebounds, distributed seven assists, deflected five passes, and stole five passes on defense.
Senior, forward Jamel Dickerson also had a hot hand against the Pointers. He scored 11 points [5-6, 83%] and produced three steals.
Other Drifter stats include: Thomas Peery – 5 points, 2 assists; Kevin Swope – 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Paul Roberson – 7 rebounds; Jeryl Dickerson – 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 deflections, 2 steals.
   Tidewater District Championship, at King William High School
   CB 96 – Mathews 47
   The Drifters approached the District championship game expecting a dog-fight, but finished the game dominating Mathews in every facet of the game-crushing Mathews into submission.
   The “Black & Gold” jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but saw Mathews rally back to take the lead at 7-6, early in the contest. The Mathews lead was momentary, as the Drifters regained their traditional swagger by extending their lead to 24-15 after one quarter. As the game continued, the Drifters were relentless, as they built a 48-26 halftime lead, before dismantling the Blue Devils in the second half.
   After the game, coach Swope complimented his team on their ability to score consistently throughout the game. “This is by far the greatest margin of victory in a tournament championship, in the history of our school.”
   Eight out of the ten man Drifter roster scored, while all 10 contributed at least one rebound or more for the night. As a team, the Beach shot 47% from the field, while out-rebounding their opponents 43-34. They also distributed 27 team assists, forced a season high 50 turnovers to create a plus 40 on the floor game and scored 15 three-pointers as a team.
   District MVP TT Carey led the charge with 32 points [14-25, 56%]; three over his season’s average. He produced a triple-double as he ripped down 10 rebounds, deflected 14 passes, stole seven passes and issued 10 assists.
   District, unanimous first-team selection, Dylan Farinet added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for a second Drifter to produce a triple-double in the same game. He also picked up seven steals and seven deflections.
   Thomas Peery, Dylan Farinet and Kevin Swope all buried four 3-pointers apiece against the Blue Devil defense, that appeared to be physically and mentally drained.
Jeryl Dickerson scored four of five shots [80%] for 8 points. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Alex Gorfida added four points and four rebounds. Joe Slater nailed a three-pointer and finished with five points and two rebounds. Jamel Dickerson scored a three-pointer and produced three steals.
   As they prepare for more post season play and their winter 2009-2010 schedule in the Northern Neck District, the Drifters leave a legacy of success. They finish atop the Tidewater in first place with a 12-0 undefeated record, and 21-3 overall. Their current win streak has been extended to 11 games.
   As for the Regional championship post season, the Beach has officially locked in the number one seed in Region A. They will host two games at the Drifterdome this week if they survive and advance. The first Region A game is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, at home versus number eight seed Charles City, starting at 7:00 p.m.
   If the Drifters win, they will host the number four seeded Surry versus number five seeded Mathews winner on Friday, February 27. If they continue to win, they will travel to Surry County on Saturday, February 28 to play in the Regional championship game, starting at 8:00 p.m.
   Come one, come all to the Drifterdome this week to catch the red-hot Drifters put excitement in the air. Attention fans! If the Drifters win on Wednesday, there will be another white-out for Friday night’s game. Wear white shirts or purchase white-out T-shirts at the game.

Find photos from the West Point and Mathews games at The Journal's Photo Gallery.

Drifters run the Tidewater

Beach is perfect with 10-0 District record

   For the last two consecutive years, the Drifters have rocked the high school basketball nation. Most recently, the “Black & Gold” made it official by winning their second regular season Tidewater-A District championship, as they ran the table with 10 consecutive wins. The Drifters will enter this week’s post season play needing two wins in the Tidewater tournament to clinch the number one seed in the Region-A tournament.
   The Drifters attained these goals by winning their last Tidewater District game at home over King & Queen in a blowout. After clinching the title, the Beach prepared for the second season [post season play] by defeating Essex by 15 on their home court, and subsequently crushing double-A power Chancellor by 20 in their backyard.
   In light of his team’s recent success, Drifter varsity boys’ head coach Steve Swope said, “We need to remain focused and concentrate on just the next task at hand, and not look too far ahead.”
CB 94 – K&Q 43
   Before the Tigers could take a deep breath, the Drifters had ran up a 26-7 lead in the first quarter. The Beach shot 67% from the field as a team, handed out 18 team assists and produced an amazing 39 turnovers on defense.
   Senior guard TT Carey led the way with 27 points on 11 of 14 shooting [79%] from the floor, 12 rebounds, four assists, 16 defensive deflections, two blocked shots and three steals. Carey is also the Fredericksburg area’s leading scorer.
   Junior point guard Dylan Farinet added 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting [83%] from the floor, nine rebounds, six assists, 10 deflections and five steals.
   Other Drifter stats include: Thomas Peery – 13 points, 4 three-pointers, 2 assists, 2 steals; Kevin Swope – 10 points, 2 three-pointers, four assists, three rebounds; Jeryl Dickerson – 9 points [4 of 5 shots from the field, 80%], 8 rebounds, 2 steals; Paul Roberson – 6 points [3-4 from the field, 75%], 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Jamel Dickerson – 4 points, 2 rebounds.

CB 69 – Essex 54
   The Trojans prepared the Drifters with a tough non-District, physical game that would prepare them for the upcoming post season. Not only did the Drifters slow down the Trojan’s top shooter, John Dille, but also the held the Division I prospect to 14 points, which was eight points below his average. In addition, thanks to their 1-3-1 defense, the Drifters didn’t allow him a field goal in the second half.
   In the initial stages, the 20-14 first quarter start helped the “Black & Gold” control the tempo of game.

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