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Foxes upset top-seeded Chancellor Chargers

By defeating Chancellor (8-1, 14-4) 68-62 on their home court, they have done what no other Conference 23-team could do this season. To make matters worse for the Chargers, the Foxes dethroned them on Senior Night.


“We kept saying we can beat Chancellor, and we came so close in the summer, fall league, University of Mary Washington Basketball Camp (lost by two points), and on Jan. 10 (58-52),” King George High School boys’ varsity head coach Darren Berkley said. “It’s been the little thing that have kept us from winning, such as shot selection, and failure to box out—but the kids now know what we can do.”

 Anthony Howard led the Foxes with a double-double night that included 27 points, 15 rebounds, and five steals. Howard’s teammate, Sam Sharpe added 17 points, while Qu’Shaun Allen contributed 10 points. Chancellor point guard, Josh James scored 15 points, while teammate Jawan Graves added 14.

In the first quarter, the Foxes jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Chargers quickly adjusted to their offensive attack, and responded by tying the game with 5:56 left in the quarter. Throughout the remainder of the quarter, both team exchanged leads on three occasions before ending with a 15-15 tie. While Foxes De’Quan Whiting was back in his familiar form, as he dished out assists, and penetrated the Chargers defense, Sharpe nailed two back-to-back 3-pointers to keep the Chargers in check.

Led by Howard, who scored six points, and dished out one assist, the Foxes rallied from a 10-point Charger deficit to come within one point of tying the game just before for the half time buzzer.

With the Charger fans on the edge of their seats, cheering and chanting for their beloved hometown heroes, both teams entered the second half with the realization that every foul, point, turnover, and rebound mattered. “We encountered some adversity throughout the game, and there were tough calls on both sides of the ball by the referees,” Berkley said. “They were getting some 3-pointers in transition, and we made some adjustments on the curl out.”

Although Howard’s 13 points kept the Foxes within reach during the third quarter, they could not prevent James and company from sustaining a nine to six point lead.

In the final quarter, the Foxes rediscovered their rhythm, as they chiseled away at the Charger, before finally tying the game with an Allen layup, and going ahead with a jumper from Sharp (57-55). As the clock began to wind down, the Chargers in an act of desperation utilized their press defense, hoping to trigger a rally, as they trailed buy five points. The Foxes also had to deal with being without the services of Howard, who fouled out with less than two minutes to play. Ultimately, the Foxes ran out the clock, as the Chargers failed to overcome a six point advantage.

On Monday, the Foxes traveled to Liberty to win their seventh game in a row. Currently, King George is in second place in the 4A Conference 23 standings.

 

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Emanuel Jenkins scored 10 points, and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Chancellor to a 48-30 win over the visiting Foxes (6-12). Fox guard, Latrey Gutridge scored 12 points for King George. Last week, the Foxes won three out of four games for their most successful week of the season. Chancellor will face Courtland in the upcoming boys junior varsity championship.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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