Varsity boys get first win of season

Published 5:18 am Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Randolph- Henry High School varsity boys basketball team had a busy week as it got its first win of the season against Buckingham on Tuesday at home, but lost two on the road to Amelia and Nottoway.

Monday, the Statesmen traveled to Amelia, losing to the Raiders 71-51. R-H fell behind early and was unable to make a run to catch up. The scoring leaders were Daquan Wilson with 16 points, Tremaine Pugh with 13, Damian Dixon and Nasheim Pettus with five points each and Sam Williams and Chris West with three each. Dajour Davis, Jordan Jones and Billy Brantley had two points apiece. Jesse Redd finished with six rebounds.

Tuesday, R-H took on Buckingham and came away with hard-fought victory 47-44. Williams had a breakout game, scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. In a close game all the way, the Statesmen were able to seal the victory by hitting 8-9 from the charity stripe. The other scoring contributors were Wilson with eight points, Pugh with seven, Redd with four, Davis with four, Dixon with two and Pettus with a point.

Friday, the Statesmen traveled to Nottoway and were unable to keep the momentum from Tuesday’s game, losing 56-45 to the Cougars. R-H fell behind early and despite a small comeback in the second half, was unable to maintain it. Wilson led the team with 14 points, Dixon had seven, Pugh had six, Williams had five, Sherrek Boyd had five, Pettus had four and Davis scored four. Williams also had four rebounds.

“Despite the win Tuesday, we are having a lot of difficulty in making our shots and we commit too many turnovers,” said coach James Graves. “Our assist rate is very low with the exception of the Buckingham game which tells a lot. We must do a better job of working together on offense. Most of the issues are things that can be corrected with hard work.”

The team will return to action on Thursday when it hosts the Cumberland High School Dukes at 7 p.m.