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Still room for improvement

Randolph-Henry High School’s (R-H) varsity boys basketball team was competitive in its three games last week, going 1-2, but Statesmen Head Coach Joshua Haskins would like to see a lot more from his squad in the last two weeks of the regular season.

“I think even with the few games that we have left that there is still vast area for improvement from a fundamental and gameplay standpoint,” he said.

The Statesmen entered this week with a 7-10 overall record, three games left to play and positioning in the Region 2A playoff pictured to consider.

“As of today, we stand towards the middle of the pack, having to play a road game, so our goal is to put ourselves in a position to play a home game when the regional playoffs start,” Haskins said Monday, Feb. 3.

R-H ended last week with a 56-47 road loss to Buckingham County High School on Friday, Jan. 31. The Knights are one of the top Virginia High School League Class 2 teams in the state.

“I thought we came out and played a decent second half, but in the end we kind of lost sight of the team we have been trying to become and got away from some of those tough-nosed things we have been doing that have allowed us to fight and stay in games,” Haskins said.

Statesmen junior guard Brenden Francisco finished with 14 points, senior center Reginald Bullock had nine points and senior guard/forward Tyrik Beattie added nine more.

Randolph-Henry defeated Altavista High School 64-62 on the road Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Haskins praised his team for an exercise in resiliency against the Colonels.

“We started the game slow and were down at the half, but we keep on plugging away at it and eventually came away on the winning side in the end,” he said.

Sophomore forward/center Chris Redd ended up with 16 points and three blocks. Francisco had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and junior guard Ryetwon Callaham had 12 points, six boards and six steals.

R-H lost 52-50 Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Bluestone High School.

Following a home game Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Statesmen visit Amherst County High School on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.