Despite missing several free throws late in the fourth quarter, Walsingham Academy’s boys basketball team extended its winning streak to 13 games, as it held on for a 52-51 win Tuesday at Cape Henry Collegiate.
The Trojans lost to Cape Henry twice last season, including a three-point loss in the TCIS tournament semifinals.
But Walsingham (15-1) got 22 points and eight rebounds from Jaylin Stewart and another 18 points from Marcus Banks to take a 52-42 lead with about four minutes remaining in the game. The Trojans did not score again and missed five free throws down the stretch.
Walsingham is now ranked fourth in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Division II poll.
Reigning TCIS player of the year Dajour Rucker made three straight baskets, including a pair of 3-pointers, to cut the Trojans’ lead to 52-50 with a minute remaining.
The Dolphins got to the free throw line and made one of two shots to trim the margin to one with 40 seconds left. Cape Henry had a chance to take the lead but missed on a jump shot and Walsingham’s Braden Exton grabbed the rebound with 3.5 seconds left.
The Trojans missed an opportunity from the free throw line and the Dolphins had one more chance, but they had to settle for a contested half-court shot that fell well short.
After falling behind by eight points early, the Trojans made a trio of 3-points, including two from Stewart to close the first quarter margin to 18-17. Walsingham Academy had a strong second quarter and built a 31-23 halftime lead.
The Trojans extended their lead to 11 in the third quarter, but Cape Henry rallied to cut the margin to six heading into the fourth.
Sam Jones had just five points but added 11 rebounds, five assists, and two steals for the Trojans, and Tredell Blow scored four, including the first two points of the game on a ferocious dunk off a missed shot.
Walsingham’s last win over Cape Henry came in 2016, when it ended the Dolphins’ 51-game home winning streak.
The Trojans play at home Saturday against West Potomac in the finale of the Sub-Zero Winter Showcase.
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