Blue Devils Boys Adversity Beaten
By DANIEL PARKER
Feb 20, 2017, 15:39
Owen Aprahamian runs to block a Spotslyvania drive.
Faizohn Taylor looks for an open player.
Post season basketball madness is upon us and the Blue Devils started off with a bang, beating Spotsylvania in their first game of the Varsity Conference Tournament.
After an injury that brought new faces onto the court, Hopewell seemed to be in for a bad spell at the start of the Conference Tournament this season. After a successful game against Thomas Dale, Hopewell has been fighting back against turn-overs that have hindered them in previous games.
The Blue Devils Boys Basketball team rolled into the post season for their first game on Monday, facing Spotsylvania High School at Hopewell High School.
With the loss of Sean Wallace for the season from an injury, Blue Devils Coach Elvin Edmonds said they needed folks to step up. And they did. Hopewell had Varsity players Marcus Kelly and Tyquon Young step up to the challenge. Nayson Massenburg was brought in from Junior Varsity.
“They’ve been working hard in practice the last two weeks,” said Blue Devils Coach Elvin Edmonds. “And they earned the opportunity and they capitalized on it.”
The Blue Devils started off slowly in the first quarter, 9 to 11, but picked up through the second where they locked-in the lead, forcing Spotsylvania to play catch-up for the rest of the game. Hopewell’s defense held the team for the remainder of the game keeping back Spotsylvania shooters and stopping the kind of turnovers that have plagued the Blue Devils in past games. Hopewell defeated Spotsylvania 67 to 43.
Leading the back for the Blue Devils was Malik Jefferson with 18 points over the Knights. For Nayson Massenburg, appearing from JV to Varsity, he brought in 10 points for Hopewell. Faizohn Taylor brought in 10 points as well.
Going further into conference Edmonds says he keeps a cautious optimism about the future of the season for the Blue Devils.
“I’m always cautiously optimistic with this team, We can play with anybody in the state and we can lose to anybody in the state,” said Edmonds. “It’s a matter if they come in locked-in and focused, and ready to do battle.”