Wang brothers too much for Smithfield in 77-65 win

kholtzman@dailypress.com
Mason Wang scores a game-high 31 points, while twin brother Evan scores 21

Jamestown's dynamic backcourt twin duo of Mason Wang and Evan Wang put on a show Friday night in a packed and boisterous Smithfield gym, combining for 52 points as the Eagles inched closer to a Bay Rivers District crown.

The 77-65 victory that followed an overtime win on Wednesday at Bruton gave Jamestown (18-2, 16-0 BRD) a regular-season sweep over the Packers (15-2, 14-2), who won both games against the Eagles a season ago on their way to the district championship.

"Just really proud of the guys and their journey," second-year Jamestown coach Donovan Bridgeforth said. "They allowed me to come to the program and push them. For some people, it was their third coach in like three years. They could have said, 'Forget this.'

"But they worked hard and I truly think they're the best team in America. No matter the size or height, they don't care. They're champions."

The Bay Rivers rivals often played Friday at a frenetic pace as Jamestown, which trailed 34-33 at halftime, created some separation in a third quarter in which it outscored Smithfield 27-16.

The third period also featured the highlight play of the game as Mason Wang, running towards the right wing in transition, bounced the ball between his legs, behind him to his brother. Evan Wang caught the pass and nailed a 3-pointer with Mason in front of him to put Jamestown ahead 52-41 with 2:33 to play in the frame. Bridgeforth turned to the Jamestown contingent behind him and threw his hands up, asking for more noise.

"At the rec center, I'll do it, just playing around," Mason Wang said. "I don't know, I just saw the perfect opportunity, so I just did it and he hit the shot."

Evan Wang said, "I kind of yelled, 'trailer,' and he always knows I'm behind him on the fastbreak. He just flicked it under his legs and I hit the shot."

It was part of a 9-0 run that helped the Eagles take a 60-50 lead into the fourth quarter. Mason Wang closed out the period with a pull-up jumper for two points with 32 seconds on the clock before Keon Tucker answered on the other end with a jumper. Mason Wang closed it with a layup in transition just before time expired.

The Wang twins each connected for four 3-pointers; Mason was 4-for-6, and Evan 4-for-8, and the Eagles shot 11-for-24 from downtown as a team. Smithfield was 3-for-13.

Jamestown shot 10-for-11 at the foul line and sewed up the win in the fourth quarter with two makes from Mason Wang and four from Ryan Jones.

Sascha Stafford led Smithfield with 22 points and Marcus Curtis gave the Packers a big lift off the bench with 17 points including a trio of 3-pointers. Two of those treys came in the second quarter as Smithfield pulled ahead by three points late before Jamestown's Ryan Jones hit Evan Wang on a backdoor cut and reverse lay-in to trim the lead to 34-33 just before the buzzer.

Jamestown can wrap up the district title next week when it hosts Grafton Tuesday before closing the Bay Rivers slate with York.

"Nobody believes me when I tell them they're the best guards in the state, until they see them," Bridgeforth said of the Wangs. "They truly are. Who else they gotta beat? We'll schedule them."

JAMESTOWN 77, SMITHFIELD 65

Jamestown: M. Wang 31, Devine 7, Ryan Jones 9, E. Wang 21, Schmidt 5, Garret 2, Brown 2. Totals 27 10-11 77.

Smithfield: Jones 7, Pierce 10, Tucker 9, Stafford 22, Curtis 17. Totals 28 5-12 65.

JAMESTOWN 13 20 27 17 – 77

SMITHFIELD 14 20 16 15 – 65

3-point goals: Jamestown 11 (M. Wang 4, E. Wang 4, Devine, Ryan Jones, Schmidt); Smithfield 4 (Tucker, Curtis 3).

Holtzman can be reached by phone at 757-298-5830.

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