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Colonials' Rout Poquoson
By Ryan Lazo, sports editor
Jan 14, 2014, 14:23

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS—In the first two minutes of play against Poquoson Monday night the Colonials could do little wrong as they sped to an 11-0 lead. The quick scoring forced Islanders coach Erik Johnson to call a quick time out, but by then the Colonials were in high gear finishing the first quarter at 30-5 on their way to their first Conference 25 victory 82-47.

The Colonials had already lost two close games earlier this season against other members of the conference. But for Colonials Coach John Thomas Jr., it was a much needed victory heading into the break.

“We have been putting a lot of practice time into playing defense. We need to get some easy buckets. Tonight we came out and played hard defense. Our first Conference 25 win is big for us. We lost to a couple other teams in the conference and we need to know we can beat them,” Thomas said.

The biggest problem, he said, had been their half-court offense. By concentrating their practices on defense, Thomas hoped his team would earn a few easy baskets off turnovers which would help them against the powerhouse teams in the former Central District which are still on the schedule.

It has been several years since the Colonials have been able to earn a victory over a Central District opponent. And, with the power of the teams this year, the Colonials will likely continue to struggle against teams like Matoaca, Petersburg, Hopewell, and Prince George.

“Year in and year out the Central District is tough. It’s probably one of the toughest districts in the state,” Thomas said. “It’s nice to get the win before the break; we have two games left this week against Prince George (Tuesday) and Petersburg (Friday). If we can play a little defense we can make things happen.”
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Against the Islanders, the Colonials big men came through early. Jared Morgan led the FIRST quarter with eight of his team high 13 points under the hoop, and Brian Maloney added four. Tyriq Anderson and Jacob Ezell each had four points from the perimeter.

Meanwhile, the Colonials defense held the Islanders to a meager two points for nearly the entire quarter. Wyatt Biscan’s buzzer beater at the end of the first eight minutes pushed the score to 30-5 and the Colonials never faltered from there.

Morgan’s 13 was tops for the Colonials, Anderson added 11, and Ezell chipped in 10 points. The Colonials held a 48-14 lead going into the break, and continued to stretch the lead to 44 points at 64-20 in the third. Thomas subbed liberally throughout the fourth period, which opened things up a little for the Islanders who rallied for 27 points, 15 of which came from the hand of Chuck Hess in the low post.

“Our bigs have been playing great; our guards need to match their play. Brian and Jared and the other bigs set the tone tonight and our guards played defense and we got some easy buckets,” Thomas said.

POQUOSON (1-11) — Lewis 6, Baurle 2, Crouse 5, Patain 4, Brooks 0, Hess 15, Fahringer 4, Biscan 3, Blaser 6, Forrest 2. Totals 17 12-14 47.
C. HEIGHTS (2-11) — Markins 9, Gwaltney 2, Nightingale 2, Desima 4, Anderson 11, Ezell 10, Williams 7, Morgan 13, Jones 0, Maloney 6, Cox 5, Madly 4, Baker 4, Crinkley 0, Godine 3, Blackwell 2. Totals 37 5-8 82.
Poquoson 5 9 6 27 – 47
Colonial Heights 30 18 16 18 - 82
3-point goals — P: Biscan; CH: Anderson, Williams, Morgan.

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