Statesmen lose two, but set in top four

Published 9:47 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Randolph-Henry High School’s (R-H) varsity boys basketball team has experienced back-to-back losses after putting together a seven-game winning streak, but it has secured a spot in the James River District (JRD) tournament, Head Coach James Graves said.

He also noted that entering Tuesday’s home game against Prince Edward, the Statesmen (12-6, 11-3 JRD) still had a shot at a No. 1 seed in the regional tournament.

“We need to win at least one of the next two to secure second place in the district,” Graves said Tuesday afternoon. “We controlled our own destiny but failed to get the wins over Goochland and Buckingham at home. So the district title or sharing it are all but gone. It stings because we had been playing very well.”

On Monday, the Statesmen fell 75-70 to visiting Buckingham after narrowly topping the Knights 72-70 Thursday in Buckingham.

Graves said the Knights were aided by stellar three-point shooting Monday, and R-H hurt itself with turnovers and failures to finish on drives to the basket.

Despite the loss, R-H senior Nasheim Pettus scored 22 points, junior Treymon Roberts had 15 and senior Tremaine Pugh had 14, still not at 100 percent after contracting the flu.

The Statesmen fell 46-36 to visiting Goochland on Friday with Pugh seeing only limited action due to his illness.

R-H won Thursday against the Knights and Jan. 30 against visiting Nottoway without Pugh.

With him not at full strength, “it changes everything we do and everyone’s role, though we made it through the first two games without him,” Graves said. “It was very difficult for us.”

R-H visits Cumberland on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to close the regular season.