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Dinwiddie, Prince George Topple Top Seeds
By JACOB VAUGHAN, Sports Editor
Feb 14, 2013, 15:22

HOPEWELL – Day 1 of the Central District boys basketball tournament saw the higher-seeded squads win both quarterfinal games, but Day 2 provided a pair of head-turning results more befitting of the most parity-filled season in recent memory.

Seventh-seeded Dinwiddie toppled No. 2 Petersburg 60-54 in Tuesday’s opener and sixth-ranked Prince George held on for a 69-67 victory that ousted No. 3 Thomas Dale in the last of four quarterfinal pairings.

With the victories, the Generals and Royals earned spots in the Central Region tournament. The losses brought an unforeseen end to the seasons of the Crimson Wave and Knights.

Prince George led 43-23 at halftime and 60-47 after three quarters, but Thomas Dale rallied to tie the game at 67-67 with 1:10 remaining.

“I knew 20 points at halftime was nothing to a good Thomas Dale team,” said Prince George coach Dave Hettinger. “[Knights coach] Eddie Goss always has his guys ready to play, and that was a heck of a battle. No lead is safe against him and his team.”

After misses at either end, Prince George senior Shawn Broughton pulled up from his dribble drive and flipped a behind-the-back pass to freshman Savonte Chappell.

The forward, who started the season as a junior varsity player before emerging as a varsity starter, took the pass in stride and converted a left-handed layup at rim level to provide the final margin with 4.7 seconds remaining.

“That’s a big shot for a freshman to make,” Hettinger said. As for Broughton’s decision to go behind the back, the second-year coach said, “I don’t think anybody was expecting that.”

Broughton said the choice was born of necessity, not showmanship.

“I saw my big man, Savonte, in the middle,” Broughton said. “But the only way I was going to be able to get it to him was by going behind the back. I got it there.”

Prince George senior Dre Strickland paced the Royals with 26 points and Broughton chipped in with 19. Their collective tally of 45 was equaled by the Thomas Dale duo of Andrien White and Kavon Waller, who scored 30 and 15, respectively.

Dinwiddie and Prince George will meet in the second semifinal game on Thursday at Leadbetter Gymnasium in Hopewell. The Royals swept their two regular-season meetings with the Generals.

“We believe that if we play like we played tonight, with the intensity and the teamwork, we can beat anybody in the state,” Broughton said.

TDHS: 14 9 24 20 – 67
PGHS: 24 19 17 9 – 69

NO. 3 THOMAS DALE: Lewis 5, Williams 0, White 30, Waller 15, McCollum 2, Fleischer 2, Tate 0, Holliday 10, Clark 3. Totals: 22 14-24 67. 3-pointers: White 5, Waller 2, Smith, Holliday.

NO. 6 PRINCE GEORGE: Strickland 26, Alexander 3, Broughton 19, Williams 0, Wright 4, Chappell 9, Rose 0, Turpin 8. Totals: 26 9-14 69. 3-pointers: Broughton 4, Strickland 3, Alexander.

PHS: 11 19 15 9 – 54
DHS: 17 16 9 18 – 60

NO. 2 PETERSBURG: Arrington 11, James 9, Byers 2, Walker 6, Jackson 4, Douglas 9, Barksdale 6, Watson 0, Adams 1, Morris 4, Blackwell 2, Barnes 0, Fitzgerald 0. Totals: 20 10-15 54. 3-pointers: Douglas 2, Arrington, James.

NO. 7 DINWIDDIE: Winfield 13, Watts 6, I. Gholson 5, Lewis 9, Poarch 10, Coleman 13, Reed 4. Totals: 21 12-19 60. 3-pointers: Watson 2, Coleman 2, I. Gholson, Lewis.

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