By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
NORTH LAUREL Brad Sizemore's North Laurel Jaguars were clinging to a 43-41 lead with 6:54 remaining in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game against Williamsburg and in dire need of someone to step up.
Elijah Jervis did just that by knocking down two consecutive three-pointers while scoring 10 of his game-high 20 points to lead his team to a 65-58 win against the Yellow Jackets during consolation play of the Legacy Nissan Classic.
“Those were two big shots he hit,” Williamsburg coach Patrick Robinson said. “It was a bad match-up for us because if we went to man-to-man, the match-up would favor them and if we went zone, they could hurt us from the outside.
“So we had to go to a zone, and you saw what happened,” he added. “We are improving, though. That's the important thing.”
North Laurel coach Brad Sizemore was pleased with the way his team played throughout the game, including the final eight minutes.
“It was a two, three or four -point game — those shots were huge,” he said of Jervis' two three-pointers. “This was a really good win against a good team. I thought we did some good things (tonight).”
The Jaguars jumped out to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter by shooting six-of-14 from the floor, while limiting Williamsburg to three-of-16 shooting.
“We started off slow,” Robinson said. “We are missing Skyler (Griffith) out there. If we had him out there, who knows what could have happened. We're getting better and that's important.”
After falling behind 16-11 in the second quarter, the Yellow Jackets fought back and tied the game at 19 apiece with 3:38 remaining in the first half, and actually took a 27-23 lead after baskets by Corey Shelton and Dalton Sizemore.
The lead was short-lived, though, as three points by Jervis and three points by Jaythus Riley triggered an 8-0 run to end the half and was capped off by a last second shot by Hagen Hodges, giving North Laurel a 31-27 lead at halftime.
“We were able to get our defense going,” Sizemore said. “We got some turnovers — they were getting too many loose balls.”
Williamsburg got as close as two points (37-35) in the third quarter, but the Jaguars managed to take a 41-38 edge into the fourth quarter after four-of-nine shooting during the period.
After Jervis' two straight treys gave his team a 49-41 lead with 5:40 left in regulation, a ferocious dunk by Andrew Griffith triggered a short-lived rally for Williamsburg.
North Laurel was able to wrap-up the win at the charity stripe, and finished the game 22-of-28 from the free-throw line.
Peyton Broughton also scored in double figures for North Laurel, finishing with 14 points while Sizemore led Williamsburg with 18 points and Shelton followed with a 15-point scoring effort.
North Laurel 65, Williamsburg 58
Williamsburg 9 18 11 20 – 58
North Laurel 13 18 10 24 – 65
Williamsburg (58) – Shelton 15, Poore 3, Lowrie 10, Griffith 12, Sizemore 18.
North Laurel (65) – Broughton 14, Miller 9, Jervis 20, Thompson 1, Asher 8, Jeffers 3, Hodges 4, Riley 6.