Boys Varsity Basketball
The Colonial Forge Eagles Boys Basketball team had not played a game since January 20th when they took down the James Monroe Yellow Jackets. Last night they took the bus to Woodbridge to battle the Gar-Field Indians and the long lay-off due to Snow-meggedon 2016 showed early.
The win ran the winning streak to 8 and upped the season record to 12-5 on the year (1-0 in Conference 4), but it wasn’t pretty.
The Eagles could only muster 4 points in the first quarter as they struggled to find their game. Senior Carion Eaton scored on two drives to the tin in the quarter but that was all the Forge could produce early. The “good guys” had 5 turnovers and missed seven shots and considered themselves fortunate to be only down 10-4 after the first.
In the second quarter the Eagles performed a little better on the offensive end, but the gave up too many easy shots in close to the home standing Indians and found themselves down by 10 at the half 24-14.
The Forge has prided itself this year on coming out of the halftime locker room with more intensity when needed and a better focus. On Tuesday night that seemed to be the plan as the Eagles outscored the G-Men 25-9 in the frame and took over the game midway through the second half. Momentum seemed to turn when Junior James Shellington went to the hoop and got fouled making it 28-16 Indians. The next trip down the floor for the visitors Shellington banked in a runner. The Indians turned the ball back over on the inbounds when Troy Bernal picked the pocket of the Indians Andrew Johnson and fed Shellington under the bucket who cut the deficit to 31-23 with 4:54 left in the third.
With 1:58 left Carion Eaton hit a runner in the lane cutting the Indian lead to 33-30. The Forge took advantage of 8 consecutive turnovers by the home team to climb all the way back. Trailing 33-32, Senior Clarence Miles buried a shot, from “BULLS-EYE” range , right elbow extended giving the “good guys the lead at 35-33. Eaton tossed in 4 quick points late in the frame to send his team to the bench on top 39-33 at the end of three.
During “winning time” the home team made it interesting when Daem Kahn and Myles Jackson delivered BOMBS from somewhere near Potomac Mills to keep their squad in it. Jackson cut the lead to 49-46 late, and after some clutch free throw shooting by Dom Bogier, the Forge held a 51-49 lead with 11 seconds to go but Gar-Field had the ball. Coming out of a timeout the Indians inbounded the ball deep into their own back court and as Jackson was moving down the floor to set up for one final attempt “BIG GAME” James Shellington stole the ball and ran out the clock from there.
The Forge has no time to think about this one as they get right back to work on Wednesday night when they host Woodbridge @ 7:30pm in “Johns-town”.