R-H improves to 5-6 with winning week

Published 12:47 pm Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Randolph-Henry High School’s (R-H) varsity boys basketball team recorded victories last week over host Nottoway High School and visiting Prince Edward County High School, improving its overall 2019- 20 record to 5-6 and its James River District record to 5-4.

“As of right now I like where we are headed and coming together as a team,” Statesmen Head Coach Joshua Haskins said. “It is still just as simple as taking it day by day and seeing improvement on the fundamentals and skills we work on every day.”

On Friday, Jan. 17, Randolph-Henry recorded a 51-43 road win over the Cougars.

“I thought we played a pretty good game overall, very gritty as a team, and we did a good job of fighting back from being in foul trouble for most to the night,” Haskins said. “The deciding factor was just us doing a good job of getting stops late, making our free throws and taking care of the ball in the moments that were crucial.”

R-H junior guard Brenden Francisco led his team with 18 points, junior guard Ryetwon Callaham had 13 points and sophomore forward/ center Chris Redd added 10.

The Statesmen won 59-48 at home against the Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

“I thought we played a good game up until the fourth quarter, and (then) we … let them back in the game instead of doing all of the things we preach and closing the game out the right way,” Haskins said. “The key to our victory was definitely our defensive intensity and getting a lot of easy buckets off of our efforts on the defensive side of the ball.”

Senior center Reginald Bullock led the Statesmen with 13 points, and Francisco contributed 12, while Callaham and senior guard/forward Tyrik Beattie scored 10 apiece.