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December 24, 2013

Dynamic Duo

Lowrie, Shelton combine for 47 points in Yellow Jacket win


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Les Dixon for the Times-Tribune

NORTH LAUREL - The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets had to weather a 12-2 run by Scott in the third quarter before pulling away to a 71-64 victory in the consolation round of the Legacy Nissan Classic.

The Eagles didn't have an answer for the duo of Corey Shelton and Chase Lowrie.

Shelton led the way with 25 points for Williamsburg while Lowrie followed with a 22-point scoring effort.

“I'm really happy to see Chase do that,” Williamsburg coach Patrick Robinson said. “We've needed him to take that initiative and he has responded. He realizes we need him to score 10 to 12 points a game.

“Corey has been really consistent for us,” he added. “He's been doing a good job scoring and rebounding for us. We're also getting good play from Andrew (Griffith), Dalton (Sizemore) and Michael (Rose-Creekmore).”

Williamsburg finished the game connecting on 25-of-49 from the floor and six-of-12 from three-point territory while the Eagles were 25-of-65 from the floor and seven-of-17 from three-point range.

“It was very important to come out of here with a win,” Robinson said. “There were a lot of good teams in this tournament, but we really needed a win. This was our fourth straight game, and we were tired. But we worked through it and go the win.”

Scott jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first quarter, but the play of Shelton and Lowrie willed the Yellow Jackets back into the game.

Shelton scored nine of the Yellow Jackets' first 11 points while Lowrie connected with a three-pointer at the 1:17 mark of the period to give his team a 14-12 edge. He then followed that up with a basket at the end of the period, as Williamsburg took a slim 16-14 edge into the second quarter.

The Yellow Jackets came out on fire in the second quarter, hitting six of its first seven shot attempts.

Dalton Sizemore's three-pointer at the 5:55 mark triggered a 12-0 run that saw Williamsburg's lead grow to 32-18 with only 3:39 remaining in the first half.

Both Shelton and Lowrie continued their hot play by combining to score 13 points  during the period.

Lowrie scored seven, including a three-pointer while Shelton scored six points and finished the first half with 15 points.

Scott turned in a 10-4 run to close the first half, and found itself only trailing by six points (34-28) at halftime.

Williamsburg connected on five-of-eight shot attempts from three-point range in the first half and 13-of-24 from the floor, but did turn the ball over nine times.

The Eagles hit on four-of-nine from three-point range and 10-of-30 from the floor.

The Shelton and Lowrie show continued during the third quarter, as the duo combined to score 10 of the Yellow Jackets' first 12 points, as Williamsburg's lead grew to 44-32 with 4:35 remaining in the period, but just when it seemed as if the Yellow Jackets were going to pull away, Scott made another rally.

A 12-2 run pulled the Eagles to within six points (46-44) at the :25 mark.

After starting the second half hitting five of their first seven shots, the Yellow Jackets misfired on their last seven shot attempts, allowing the Eagles to get back into the game.

Williamsburg finally put an end to Scott's run, as Shelton deflected a pass and passed it off to an open Lowrie, who made the basket, giving his team a slim 48-44 edge with 7:01 remaining in regulation.

The Yellow Jackets used a great defensive effort to string together a 12-4 run to pull away from Scott.

Sizemore connected with a lay-up and a three-pointer that pushed Williamsburg's lead to 58-48 with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Yellow Jackets connected on five of their first six shots during the period, as they improved to 4-5 on the season and finished the Legacy Nissan Classic with a 1-2 mark.

Williamsburg 71, Scott 64

Williamsburg  16  18  12  25 – 71

Scott              14  14  16  20 – 64

Williamsburg (71) – Lowrie 22, Shelton 25, Poore 2, Sizemore 12, Griffith 10.

Scott (64) – Witherspoon 2, Ohmer 24, Johnson 2, Hughes 2, Tromes 5, Osborne 17, Crim 10, Seay 2.