No. 2 seed Hampton Christian Academy upended No. 1 Williamsburg Christian Academy 58-53 Saturday night to earn the Metro Conference boys basketball tournament championship.
AJ Baker had 15 points and Jair Johnson scored 13 for HCA. Jacob Tebay added 11 points, and his brother Evan had eight assists and seven points for the Warriors. HCA coach Tony Rutland said it was the school’s first Metro Conference title since 1999.
For Williamsburg Christian, Cle’Von Greene had 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Da’Shawn Cook provided 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
In the Metro Conference semifinals Friday, the Eagles beat Atlantic Shores 75-69. WCA’s Greene had 23 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Ra’Shawn Cook had 20 points, a pair of assists and two steals, while Malachi Banks added 15 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
WCA is the No. 1 seed in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III tournament and will begin play Wednesday against the winner of No. 8 seed Amelia Academy and Eastern Mennonite School.
The Eagles are the defending VISAA Division III state champion. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will be Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Virginia State University in Petersburg.
Walsingham winning streak ends at 23
Norfolk Academy edged Walsingham Academy 44-43 Saturday night in Norfolk Christian’s gym to win the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools tournament, ending the Trojans win streak at 23 games.
Ben Locke sank two clinching free throws to put the Bulldogs up four with four seconds left. They won their first TCIS title since 1996.
Four of Norfolk Academy’s five starters have attended school there since first grade, and all 13 first played on the junior varsity.
Mark Williams led the Bulldogs with 14 points and 12 rebounds. David Byler had nine points and six rebounds.
Walsingham (25-2) got off to a sluggish start but outscored the Bulldogs 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 22-21 halftime advantage. The Trojans led 32-29 after three quarters.
Jaylin Stewart led the Trojans with 16 points, and Sam Jones and Marcus Banks added 11 each.
In the TCIS semifinals, Walsingham overcame a 14-point deficit to hold off Cape Henry Collegiate 51-48.
Sam Jones scored 18 points, TCIS Player of the Year Jaylin Stewart had 17 and freshman Marcus Banks had 11 for Walsingham.
Walsingham is the No. 4 seed in the VISAA Division II tournament and will host the winner of No. 5 Hargrave Military Academy and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Wednesday. The semifinals and finals of the VISAA Division II tournament will also be at Virginia State Friday and Saturday.
Indoor track and field
Lafayette’s boys were the highest placing local team at the Class 4A state indoor track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Roanoke College.
The Rams finished with 19.5 points to take 11th place. Lafayette’s Adam Leschinger came in second in the long jump, a quarter-of-an-inch behind first place Eddie Muse of Liberty Christian. Braden Underwood tied for third in the pole vault, and Leschinger finished fourth in the 55 hurdles.
Warhill’s Anthony Giacchetta came in seventh in the pole vault and the Rams’ Leighton Holm was eighth.
Jamestown’s Darius Reed finished second in the 55 meters.
Jamestown led area girls teams with a 21st place finish, totaling eight points, led by Thorin Jean, who took fourth in the 3,200 meters. The Eagles 4x800 relay team came in seventh.
Lafayette’s Peyton Blanding came in fourth in the pole vault.