The Wang twins, Evan and Mason, are a good foundation for a high school basketball team looking to make a lengthy postseason run. They were good as usual shooting the ball from the outside Monday, combining for 26 points and six 3-pointers in Jamestown's 80-65 win over Grassfield in the second annual Hampton Roads Winter Classic at Lake Taylor High.
But the Eagles (13-2), unbeaten in 10 Bay Rivers District games this season, are more than a two-man gang. That was most evident in a second half highlighted by two dunks from Diamante Brown.
Brown's first was a routine throw-down on a run-out to begin the second half. His second was spectacular, a runner along the baseline assisted with a perfect alley-oop pass from point guard Ryan Jones.
"Diamante is getting in a groove," Jamestown coach Donovan Bridgeforth said, noting that Brown began the season with a broken wrist. "He's finishing better, rebounding better and becoming the player we need him to be."
Jones, the point guard and defensive ace for the Eagles, already was where he needed to be, Bridgeforth felt.
"Ryan's leading this train," he said. "He's going to take us far."
With Brown scoring 13 points and forwards Michael Schmidt and Ryan Devine adding 16 apiece, the Eagles got the kind of production inside that will be critical on a team best known for its backcourt.
"All you have to do is call Michael Schmidt and he's ready to play," said Bridgeforth, whose team led by 23 points after three quarters. "Ryan Devine is really special to this program.
"We call on him to do the tough things, like rebounding and defense, and he doesn't always start. That can be tough on a kid, but he gets the job done and that makes him special."
Following Jamestown's game, three Peninsula-based private schools took center stage in the Winter Classic, with each playing a Group 4A, 5A or 6A public school from the Southside. All three games were close, but only Hampton Roads Academy won as Williamsburg Christian and Hampton Christian lost by missing 3-pointers in the final seconds.
JAMESTOWN 80, GRASSFIELD 65
JAMESTOWN (13-2): M. Wang 17, Devine 16, Brown 13, Jones 7, E. Wang 9, Schmidt 16, McCall 2. Totals 34 4-7 80.
GRASSFIELD (5-7): Debrough 2, Feldman 5, Cofield 11, J. Dawkins 7, Parker 11, C. Dawkins 25, Conrow 4. Totals 24 9-11 65.
Jamestown 24 16 26 14—80
Grassfield 11 15 17 22—65
3-point goals — Jamestown 8 (M. Wang 3, E. Wang 3, Devine, Brown), Grassfield 8 (C. Dawkins 4, J. Dawkins 3, Cofield).
Granby 67, Williamsburg Christian Academy 64
Williamsburg Christian Academy, one of the state's smallest private schools, continued to show it can hang with larger, talented public schools. Nonetheless, the Eagles came up just short at the buzzer, when Cle'Von Greene's potentially tying 3-point attempt bounced off the front of the rim.
Greene kept the Eagles (13-6) in the hunt throughout with his game-high 31 points. His three-point play with 4:59 remaining in the fourth quarter tied the game at 54.
But Granby guard Jermiah Jenkins caught fire down the stretch, scoring nine of his team-high 18 points in the final four minutes to lead the Comets to victory.
WILLIAMSBURG CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (13-6): Kean 2, D. Cook 7, Radcliffe 10, Makoi 11, R. Cook 3, Greene 31. Totals 26 11-18 64.
GRANBY (9-5): Johnson 6, Jones 7, Jenkins 18, A. Epps 13, T. Epps 3, Jackson 2, Sweat 14, Ellis 4. Totals 23 14-20 67.
WCA 16 19 10 19—64
Granby 19 16 15 17—67
3-point goals — WCA 1 (Greene), Granby 7 (A. Epps 3, Jenkins 2, T. Epps, Jones).
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