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Williamsburg Christian players hit scoring milestones

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

The scoring milestones are nice, but for a trio of Williamsburg Christian Academy seniors, another state championship would be even better.

Cle’von Greene, along with twins Da’Shawn and Ra’Shawn Cook, were all honored before the Eagles 89-49 rout of Broadwater Academy Monday on Senior Night. It was the second 40-point win over the Virginia Eastern Shore school in three days — WCA (22-6) also won 85-45 Friday.

Greene reached the 3,000-point milestone during his 32-point effort Friday, while Da’Shawn Cook hit 1,500 points in a 75-65 win over Atlantic Shores Feb. 2. Ra’Shawn Cook reached 1,000 points Dec. 2 in an 80-78 win over Prince George.

“That’s a hard achievement,” first-year coach Kenya Williams said. “It goes to show how much hard work they put in the offseason to get better to bring it into the season day-in, day-out. Those guys have pure heart, all three of them.”

“It’s unreal, really,” the Radford-commit Greene said of his achievement. “You don’t really hear that many people anywhere scoring 3,000 points in high school. I feel like I could have scored more because of my sophomore year.”

Greene, the 2017 Daily Press and Virginia Gazette boys basketball player of the year, was referring to a sophomore year at Grafton in which he played just 11 games and was dismissed from the team despite averaging 22.9 points per game.

"When that first happened, I thought it was all over," Greene told the Daily Press at the time. "I'm glad now that I got in trouble because I've matured as a man on and off of the court."

Scheduled originally to graduate in 2017, Greene reclassified after his sophomore season at WCA to improve his grades and recruiting profile. He said being at WCA gave him a new beginning.

A 6-foot, 2-inch senior, Greene averaged 25.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and three steals in 2017, with a signature game of 31 points and 17 rebounds in a 65-59 win over Group 5A state semifinalist Hampton before winning the VISAA Division III championship. This season, he’s averaging 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and 3.4 steals.

Greene said he didn’t want to leave WCA for another prep school after Kenya Williams replaced Chris Brown as coach, because he wanted to stay together with Da’Shawn and Ra’Shawn Cook.

Da’Shawn Cook said he appreciated having family and friends in attendance to watch him be honored for his achievement.

“To be out here with my seniors on Senior Night, having fun and smiling, it was a good feeling,” Da’Shawn Cook said. “We’ve been having fun all season, but this has been icing on the cake.”

Though they were in a celebratory mood following the Senior Night win, they have a bigger goal on their mind — redemption in the Metro Conference tournament and then a repeat of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III state title, which would be a first in school history. After finishing Metro Conference play unbeaten last season, WCA was suspended from the tournament due to the improper playing of a junior varsity player.

WCA has one more regular season game Thursday before the conference tournament.

“The losses we’ve had, they’re all for minor things,” Greene said, “Like people not being focused or injured, but when we have everyone together, it’s scary. When everyone’s focused, it’s one team, one family.”

Ra’Shawn Cook said the team is trying to take it a game at a time.

“We’re trying not to look ahead because we have conference (games) left,” Ra’Shawn Cook said. “But we’re looking ahead because we know we can get there.”

Without Chester Makoi — who transferred to basketball powerhouse Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C. for his senior season — this Eagles team has had to play differently, even with four seniors returning from the championship squad. The team feeds off of its defense to cause turnovers and run past teams, Williams said.

“We’re more guard heavy, but we know we’ve got to run teams out,” Greene said.

Having the three seniors makes Williams job easier.

“Talking to them. … I saw that what they wanted was a brotherhood,” Williams said. “They said they wanted to come back and play with their brothers, to be with their brothers, and it shows on the court.”

Greene knows the end of his high school days are near, but he, Da’Shawn and Ra’Shawn Cook aren’t ready to call it done yet.

“It’s bittersweet, because it’s sad that it’s my last high school (games), but it’s also good because I’m going to college for free,” Greene said. “And I’m going to do what I love to do, play basketball. I’m glad, but sad, but also glad.”

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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