Bracket Busters: No. 7 Dinwiddie Stuns PGHS
By JACOB VAUGHAN, Sports Editor
Feb 15, 2013, 16:30
Prince George senior Shawn Broughton (21) drives to the basket ahead of two Dinwiddie defenders during a Central District semifinal game on Thursday in Hopewell. The seventh-seeded Generals advanced to the district title game with a 54-41 victory (photo by David Breidenbach).
HOPEWELL – The slipper still fits.
Two days after stunning second-seeded Petersburg in the opening round, No. 7 Dinwiddie continued its Cinderella run through the Central District boys basketball tournament with a 54-41 semifinal victory over Prince George on Thursday in Hopewell.
The sixth-ranked Royals erased a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 17-4 burst that culminated in a one-point lead midway through the final frame, but the upstart Generals responded by scoring the game’s final 14 points.
“That just shocked me,” Dinwiddie coach Chip McCoull said of the finishing kick. “I have no idea what happened there. I’ll check the tape.”
That footage will feature heavy doses of Jourdon Winfield and Dashaun Coleman. Winfield accounted for six points in the stretch run while Coleman tacked on five of his game-high 26 in the final 2:25.
Dinwiddie senior Dashaun Coleman (42) works against Prince George freshman Savonte Chappell (left) in the low post. Coleman scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Generals to victory in the Central District tournament semifinal clash (photo by David Breidenbach).
Prince George, which reached the semifinals by ousting Thomas Dale, was ultimately made to rue a pair of second-half scoring droughts that exceeded four minutes.
“They knocked down some big shots and we had some key turnovers,” said Prince George coach Dave Hettinger. “Some of the shots that were falling for us on Tuesday and in the first half just weren’t falling in the second half.”
It was the Generals who suffered from shooting woes in the early going. The Royals leapt out to an 8-1 advantage and led 11-6 at the end of the opening quarter. Coleman accounted for all of his team’s first-quarter offense, which included one layup and four free throws.
Prince George’s lead peaked at 17-8 with about five minutes remaining in the second stanza, but Dinwiddie awoke from its early-game slumber immediately thereafter.
Winfield notched a short jumper and fastbreak layup in quick succession, and Jaquan Poarch put the Generals back on level terms with a step-back 3-pointer that tied the score at 17-17 with 1:17 remaining in the first half.
“I thought both teams came out a little flat in the first half,” Hettinger said. “It looked like a six and seven matchup, but they came out strong in the second half and we did not. They definitely beat us, and they earned it.”
Chaz Jenkins gave Prince George a 20-17 halftime lead with a last-minute triple, but the Royals could only muster two field goals in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Generals exploited their cold-shooting counterparts’ struggles by pouring in 16 points in the penultimate period.
But even when Dinwiddie’s lead reached a dozen points, McCoull warned his team that a Prince George run was imminent. It came courtesy of senior guards Dre Strickland and Shawn Broughton.
The latter reduced the deficit to 36-28 with back-to-back buckets, and Strickland followed suit by knocking down consecutive 3s that pulled the Royals to within four.
The redemptive rally peaked with Broughton’s backcourt steal and right-handed floater that provided Prince George with its first lead since the 5:39 mark of the third quarter (41-40).
“We were looking for it,” McCoull said. “They’re too good. Strickland, Broughton and all those guys are just too good not to have a run.”
Apparently, so are the Generals.
Unfazed by the sudden shift in momentum, Poarch knocked down a 3 from the right side on the ensuing possession. That sparked the closing burst that left Prince George – and McCoull – grasping for an explanation.
“We’ve sort of been up and down all year,” McCoull said. “To be very honest, we just hit a little stretch where we’re playing better than we’ve been playing, and we’ve been lucky enough that the teams we’ve played the last couple nights haven’t hit their shots.”
Winfield finished with 13 points for Dinwiddie, which advanced to a championship showdown with top-seeded Matoaca despite finishing the regular season with a district mark of 3-13.
Strickland, a second-team all-district selection, finished with 13 points and Broughton added 10 for the Royals. Prince George was eliminated from district contention, but will enter next week’s Central Region tournament as a No. 4 seed.
PGHS: 11 9 4 17 – 41
DHS: 6 11 16 21 – 54
NO. 6 PRINCE GEORGE: Strickland 13, Alexander 3, Broughton 10, Williams 4, Jenkins 3, Golden 0, Wright 0, Chappell 6, Rose 0, Turpin 2. Totals: 16 4-7 41. 3-pointers: Strickland 3, Alexander, Jenkins.