Teays Valley vs. Liberty Heights
It wasn’t an offensive explosion for either team but talent could be found all over the floor. Teays Valley held a 15-11 first-quarter lead and increased it to 10 points at half led by Josiah Davis. Liberty Heights chipped away slowly in the second quarter, getting to the free-throw line while Teays Valley struggled to get any type of rhythm on offense. Dominique Davidson led the comeback for Liberty Heights, scoring 14 points to lead his team and help secure the 44-39 victory on Day 2.
Liberty Heights: Dominique Davidson 14 points/ Devin Goron 8 points
Teays Valley: Josiah Davis 15 points/ David Jones 10 points
Combine Academy vs. Beckley IJN
Combine jumped out early and kept Beckley’s offense in check. Jalen Miller found his stroke and offensive game in the first half for Combine, scoring 11 points, while seven other players got into the scoresheet. Christian Holland knocked in three 3-pointers though to keep Beckley IJN within 11 points at halftime.
The balanced attack though continued and much like it has been in the past, defense helped lead to offense for Combine. Playing unselfish, crisp basketball, Combine was able to maintain their double-digit lead throughout the second half and eventually secure a 57-45 victory in Virginia.
Combine: Jalen Miller 11 points/ Jacori Owens 9 points/ Jalen Hood-Schifino 7 points
Beckley: Christian Holland 19 points/ Robertas Jonaitis 6 points/ Debaba Tschiebwe 5 points
IMG Academy vs. Fork Union
IMG Academy came out looking to make a state early on and that they did, jumping out to an early double-digit lead in the first half and simply never looking back. Kenyon Martin Jr. got the game started with a few highlight dunks, while Nick Blake, Mikeal Brown-Jones and several others got in on the action.
Fork Union simply were outmatched but get credit to them, they continued to fight and play hard. In the end though, IMG Academy took home the 89-42 victory at the Hargrave Military Challenge.
Fork Union: Shunta Wilson 8 points/ Matias Prock 7 points
IMG: KJ Martin Jr. 20 points/ Mikeal Brown-Jones 16 points/ Nick Blake 20 points
Hargrave Academy vs. Commonwealth
Unlike the first two games, scoring came often and quickly between these two programs. Commonwealth looked to make an early statement, throwing down a few early dunks but Hargrave came roaring back and aggressively attacked the basket, led by AJ James and KD Johnson.
Building a double-digit lead at halftime, Commonwealth found their rhythm again, scoring 32 points in the first eight minutes, as the three-ball seemed to start falling. Cutting the lead down to as many as four points, Hargrave seemed to have an answer each time Commonwealth made a run. It was a back and forth, up and down, fast pace game with Hargrave securing the home victory 116-106.
Hargrave: KD Johnson 36 points/ AJ James 26 points
Commonwealth: Isaiah Richards 22 points/ Brian Stevens 23 points
Aspire Academy vs. Moravian Prep
Aspire came into Day y2 to bounce back from yesterday’s loss, while Moravian Prep came in for the first time also looking to bounce back in a big way. With Moravian playing short-handed, it was time for others to step up to the plate. Gethro Muscadin was the primary scorer in the first half for Aspire but they couldn’t stop Jahmari Harvey from finding his shot, while Jordan Wildy chipped in 10 first-half points. Moravian continued to increase their lead slowly and eventually put the game out of reach.
Harvey continued to get in the action, while Terrence Johnson chipped in six second-half points as Moravian secured a 70-57 victory in Game 5 at the Hargrave Military Challenge. Carcoana chipped in 10 of his 11 points in the second half for Aspire Academy.
Aspire: Gethro Muscadin 12 points/ Mikai Carcoana 11 points
Moravian: Jahmari Harvey 25 points/ Jordan Wildy 15 points
The Skills Factory vs. Massanutten
In the final game of the night, TSF and Massanutten took the court to end an eventful day and weekend of basketball. Both teams went back and forth, with neither creating too much separation. For The Skills Factory, Kai Sotto was the dude, going for 20+ points, attacking and moving incredibly well on the floor. Ilver and Chad Kratzer led the charge for Massanutten. It was a tight game throughout but The Skills Factory was able to maintain their small lead throughout and sealed the win at the line. Final 76-70 The Skills Factory.
TSF: Kai Sotto 28 points/ Jaylin Galloway 14 points
Massanutten: Chad Kratzer 20 points/ Markus Ilver 20 points