Bay Rivers District basketball has been in full swing for about two weeks now, so we’re going to use our first rewind to catch up on the season to date.
BOYS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: It’s early, but perhaps not too early to handicap the race for Bay Rivers District Player of the Year. Defending champion Smithfield has a pair of solid candidates in point guard and reigning POY Ryan Jones (16.5 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game) and forward Sascha Stafford (19.5 ppg and 15 rebounds per game).
Mason Wang leads title contender Jamestown with nearly 15 points per game. He’s combined with twin brother Evan Wang and backcourt mate Ryan Jones to give the Eagles ball-handling and passing depth the envy of most in the district.
New Kent’s Kyle Claytor again is lighting it up from the outside, averaging 20.3 points per game with 12 3-pointers already.
GIRLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Unbeaten Warhill has gotten great all-around play from Kieran McClure (13.7 points and 5.7 assists per game) and Olivia Schulz (10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.3 steals per game). Poquoson’s Sondra Fan (23.2 ppg and 5.6 assists per game) and Grafton’s Haley Cunningham (15.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game) have continued their high-scoring ways of a year ago.
Stats are unavailable for Jamestown’s Corynthian Williams and Jamiyah Johnson, but both are playing at an all-district level in helping the Eagles start 5-1.
BIGGEST SURPRISE, GIRLS: Grafton gets the nod for its unexpected 4-0 start and its 44-43 upset of two-time defending district champion Tabb.
BIGGEST SURPRISE, BOYS: Perennial district power Grafton is as close to rebuilding as it’s been in six years. Even so, Poquoson’s 54-46 win — led by Brody McDevitt (16 points), Tucker Schuhart (15 points) and JD Costulis (13 points) — over the Clippers is one of the biggest upsets in recent Bay Rivers District history. Poquoson recently went through two seasons in which it won only one game total.
BEST GIRLS GAME: Led by Corynthian Williams’ 24 points, Jamestown rallied from a 10-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to upset Tabb 66-60.
BEST BOYS GAME: Jamestown is feeling the sting of its 48-47 loss to Bethel on Saturday after leading by eight points with under three minutes to play. On the other hand, the Eagles proved themselves the equal of one of the Peninsula District’s best in a game decided in the final seven seconds, and the tough competition will help down the line.
GIRLS GAME TO WATCH: Warhill appears to be head and shoulders above the rest at the moment, but if any team has the backcourt depth to give the Lions trouble, it’s Tabb. The Tigers play at Warhill on Jan. 5.
BOYS GAME TO WATCH: Smithfield at Jamestown on Dec. 20. Is it the first of a trilogy or more? By far the Bay Rivers’ best two teams, they could battle for district, conference and regional titles.
GIRLS RECORDS (district games only): Grafton 4-0, Warhill 3-0, Jamestown 3-1, Tabb 2-2, Lafayette 2-2, Poquoson 2-2, New Kent 1-3, Bruton 1-3, Smithfield 1-3, York 0-3.
BOYS RECORDS (district games only): Smithfield 4-0, Jamestown 4-0, Grafton 3-1, Lafayette 2-2, New Kent 2-2, Poquoson 2-2, Tabb 2-2, Warhill 1-3, Bruton 0-4, Warhill 0-4.