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Royals Win Was Brought On By Broughton
By DAVID BREIDENBACH, Correspondent
Jan 7, 2013, 17:08

Prince George senior Shawn Broughton (21) drives the lane as Colonial Heights junior Brian Maloney (42) defends during a Central District game on Friday. Spurred by Broughton’s 18 points, the visiting Royals held on to claim a 70-67 victory (photo by David Breidenbach).


COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Two pitfalls prevented the Colonial Heights boys basketball team from overtaking Prince George for its first Central District win of the year: missing 19 foul shots and handing over more turnovers than Pepperidge Farms.

On the other hand, the visiting Royals mustered
Colonial Heights senior Khayree Fareed (21) drives past Prince George senior Dre Strickland (10) on Friday in Colonial Heights (photo by David Breidenbach).
just enough defense at the right time and were able to generate enough points to head home with a 70-67 victory in a nail-biter on Friday.

The win boosts the Royals to 5-8 on the season, 2-4 in district play. The Colonials fell to 2-11 overall (0-5 district). Both teams had their chances to close out the game, but neither took full advantage. Prince George grabbed the late lead and maintained it for the win.

“Turnovers and free throws — in the second quarter we missed a ton of them,” said Colonial Heights coach John Thomas. “We didn’t get a whole lot of offensive opportunities because of the turnovers, and that gave them more opportunities. That makes the basket bigger.”

Shawn Broughton, the Royals’ point guard, came alive in the second quarter to score six of his team-high 18 points. The Royals knocked down 24 points in the lopsided frame.

By contrast, the Colonials had 13 and didn’t get their first field goal until Quinshawn Owens scored on a baseline layup with 20 seconds left in the half. Owens finished the night with a game-high 19 points, Jacob Ezell had 14 and Seth Markins 11 for the home team.

Dre Strickland aided the Royals with 12 points and Cedric Wright chipped in with 10. In addition to his point total, Broughton’s court play and leadership had much to do with the outcome of the game. The senior ball handler, who has showcased a propensity to score in bunches this season, sculpted this much-needed victory with 11 assists.

“Shawn is learning that he doesn’t have to score 30 or 40 points for us to win,” said Prince George coach Dave Hettinger. “If he gets 18 and gets other people involved in the game, then the other team has to defend the rest of our team and not just him.

“I thought he played a really good team game tonight.”

Moreover, Broughton’s steady hand was instrumental in maintaining the Royals’ lead, even when it shrunk to one point late in the fourth quarter.

“I was just trying to keep my team involved and all on the same page, because I can’t do it by myself,” Broughton said. “I am just trying to get the chemistry together.”

He kept things together with the help of Strickland.

When the chips were down, Strickland came up with a big cut across the Colonials’ defense to stretch the lead back to three. The Colonials scrapped back, however, as Markins hit one of two foul shots to whittle the lead to two points at 60-58.

Broughton and Strickland were a big part of the Colonials’ difficulties handling the ball. Following Markins’ free throws, Broughton took the in-bound pass, drove the length of the court and flipped a behind-the-back pass to Wright on the left block.

The easy deuce pushed the lead back to four. At that point, it looked like Prince George was going to walk away with the game. They stretched the lead to seven points with under a minute to play.

But the Colonials’ youngest player had other ideas.

Ezell, the team’s only freshman, took a pass at midcourt and immediately headed to the left side of the arc. With no one guarding him, his 3-pointer was on target and the game was back in reach at 66-62 with 56 seconds to play.

With a chance to cut the lead to two points, the Colonials responded with another turnover on an errant drop-off pass in the lane. Strickland was there to grab the loose ball, and he scored in transition to push the lead to six points.

Ezell wasn’t finished.

The Colonials worked the ball around the perimeter and found the 5-foot-10 guard wide open deep on the right side. His long-range bomb was true once again and he was fouled on the play, giving the Colonials a chance to cut the lead to two points.

Instead, Ezell fired a rare miss from the charity stripe and the Royals were left clinging to a three-point edge with 31 ticks left on the clock.

Colonial Heights’ next three-point attempt came up short, but the Royals turned the ball over and the Colonials were back in business down 69-65.

This time Colonial Heights worked the ball down deep to the low post and found Owens. The junior’s runner bounced off the rim and was batted around under the basket until Doug Jackson got his mitts on the ball.

Jackson’s stick-back cut the lead to two again at 69-67 with 18 seconds remaining.

“We left them open and they scored,” Broughton said. “We just have to pick it up on defense. It’s really a defensive game. Whoever plays the best defense is going to win. That’s what happened tonight.”

In the waning seconds, Broughton reached the free throw line after being fouled on an in-bound pass. He made the first shot to provide the final margin, but missed a chance to put the game away when his second shot bounced off the rim.

On the ensuing possession, it looked as if the Colonials might have freed up Ezell on the right side, but Thomas called a timeout.

With seven seconds left in the contest, the Colonials couldn’t get the ball to Ezell and Ashton Reighard’s game-tying effort came up short.

“That last shot there, I thought that was going to go in,” Hettinger said. “That last minute we got [the lead] to six points, and they get a four-point play and a 3-pointer and they were right back in it. They are a well-coached team and they play hard.”

The Colonials corralled the last-second rebound but were unable to push the ball back out to the perimeter for another attempt.

PGHS: 12 24 16 18 – 70
CHHS: 13 13 18 23 – 67

PRINCE GEORGE (5-8, 2-4): Strickland 12, Ramsey 2, Alexander 2, Broughton 18, Conwell 0, Williams 5, Fullman 6, Golden 2, Wright 10, Chappell 7, Marks 2, Rose 4, Sally 0. Totals 28 13-27 70. 3-pointer: Broughton.

COLONIAL HEIGHTS (2-11, 0-5): Markins 11, Shaw 1, Taylor 2, Williams 0, Fareed 7, Ezell 14, Owens 19, Reighard 5, Bierman 0, Maloney 0, Jackson 8, Dinoia 0. Totals 21 22-41 67. 3-pointers: Ezell 2, Owens.

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