Warriors Rally Past Knights in Fourth Quarter
By DAVID BREIDENBACH, Correspondent
Dec 3, 2012, 21:51
Thomas Dale sophomore Andrien White (center) splits a pair of Henrico defenders during a non-district game on Friday in Chester. The Warriors outscored the Knights 28-14 in the fourth quarter and won 81-64 (photo by David Breidenbach).
CHESTER — When the Thomas Dale boys basketball players took the floor to face Henrico Friday night, they expected to learn a few things about themselves.
Teams don’t learn much playing against inferior opponents, and Knights coach Eddie Goss knew his young players would have their hands full trying to keep pace with the Warriors’ up-tempo, run-and-gun playing style.
So when Henrico jumped out to a very quick 8-0 lead, Goss was eager to see how his young team would react. They did so with poise.
Andrien White keyed the Knights’ initial comeback, scoring nine points in the opening quarter to narrow the lead. In the end, however, Henrico walked off with a 17-point win, 81-64.
“We’re a young team,” Goss said. “We wanted to see where we stood, and tonight we found out that we could probably hang with anyone.”
But Henrico isn’t just anyone.
While Thomas Dale hung around through three quarters — and actually had a three-point lead in the third — Henrico’s one-two punch of Marvin Smith and Tim Jones made things very difficult for the Knights.
Smith dominated in the paint in the early going and pretty much was unchecked after Thomas Dale senior Kavon Waller had to sit because of early foul trouble.
With room to operate inside, Smith did most of his damage in the first half. Jones followed suit, tacking on eight of his game-high 27 points in the first 16 minutes.
“Smith and Jones have been key players for years,” said Henrico coach Vance Harmon. “They’re the players who get things going for us.”
The Knights were able to stay close through most of the first half by falling behind when the Warriors would go on a run and clawing back with solid half-court defense and hard work on the boards from White, Waller, and Collin Fleischer.
Had they been a little better at the charity stripe, the Knights could have gone into the break with a lead. But they hit only five of 12 free throws, and several of the misses came on the front end of one-and-ones.
“If we made a few more free throws, we might have gone in the half with a lead that could have changed things,” Goss said.
With Waller and White back on the court to start the second half, the Knights finally got their first lead off White’s 3-pointer from the left side. They stretched the gap to three points before Jones hit a pair of treys and sent Henrico on a small run to take the lead for good.
Jones finished the quarter with 16 points, including four makes from behind the arc. Still, the Knights had already proven their ability to scrap back from similar deficits.
This time, though, a series of turnovers gave the Warriors several fast-break opportunities, which Jordon Talley was able to turn into 14 fourth-quarter points.
Henrico closed the game on a 25-14 run to provide the final margin.
Henrico’s Jordon Talley (center) puts up a shot between Thomas Dale’s Collin Fleischer (14) and Andrien White (5) during a non-district game on Friday in Chester (photo by David Breidenbach).
Henrico 22 12 19 28 — 81
Thomas Dale 18 13 19 14 — 64
HHS (2-0): Marvin Smith 15, Tim Jones 27, Jauwan Jefferson 0, Jordon Talley 16, Ryan Pearson 5, DeMonte Buckingham 11, Stephen Booker 7, Brendan Towner 0, R.J. Moses 0. Totals 33 9-15 81. 3-pointers: Jones 4, Pearson, Breckenridge.
TD (2-1): Joseph Smith 0, Carl Williams 0, Andrien White 24, Kavon Waller 23, Felix Culmer 0, Collin Fleischer 6, Niles Tate 3, A.J. Holliday 0, Chris Clark 2, Tyreek Johnson 6. Totals 24 8-17 64. 3-pointers: White 5, Waller 3.