By DANIEL PARKER
Feb 2, 2017, 15:44
Malik Jefferson gets the rebound from Meadowbrook.
Sean Wallace goes for the layup.
On last Friday’s Hopewell Boys Basketball game against Meadowbrook, the two teams held each other off not just going into overtime but rolling into double overtime, in a fierce neck-to-neck game.
The Blue Devils boys’ Basketball team previously claimed victory their first time against Meadowbrook winning 58 to 52. That was the first game of the season, and now both teams have had the time to polish their playing styles over the course of the season.
The game was held at Hopewell High School and throughout no team had the leverage to gain a sustainable lead over the other. The game rolled into overtime then it rolled into double overtime. Going into the game Hopewell basketball Elvin Edmonds was worried about the week long lay-off from games.
By the end of the first half, Meadowbrook was leading the game with 34 points to Hopewell’s 28. In the beginning of the game, fouls hurt the Blue Devils from playing a solid defense along with transition points by Meadowbrook said Edmonds. But, after the 2nd half Hopewell finally got it’s rhythm together.
“It is always a competitive game and I knew that we needed to be sharp to pull off a victory,” said Hopewell Coach Elvin Edmonds. “We were flat all game but Faizhon Taylor and Jalen Jefferson did a great job of helping to keep us in the game.”
Taylor led the Blue Devils in points bringing in 22 points for the Devils, behind him was bringing in 18 points. Hopewell caught up but Meadowbrook didn’t let up and the game went into a deadlock of 55 to 55. Both teams battled it out in overtime racking up 9 points apiece.
The game winning difference was two points by Meadowbrook, with the final score: 70 to 68. Jamon Battle took the reins of the Meadowbrook scoring bringing in a total of 29 points for the team. Next week on Tuesday at 7:30 the Blue Devils will play against Colonial Heights at Hopewell High School.
“We have to focus on the here and now,” said Edmonds. “One possession, one game at a time, we are focused on our game versus Colonial Heights on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils play Colonial Heights on Tuesday 7:30 pm at Hopewell High School.