By John Stepp
The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets downed Heritage, Tenn. in a 59-45 win in the opening round of the Williamsburg Holiday Tournament.
The Jackets were led by dynamic duo of sophomore guards in Corey Shelton and Skylar Griffith. Shelton had a game-high 23 points, while Griffith added 16.
The win evens Williamsburg's record at 3-3 on the season and gives them two wins in a row. Jackets' coach Patrick Robinson was pleased with his team's effort in the game.
"Overall I thought we played pretty solid. We shot the ball decent," said Robinson. "We were able to get the lead in the second half and hold on to it. It was a good win for us."
The game was nip-and-tuck for most of the first quarter, with Williamsburg pulling ahead to a 15-14 advantage after one. The Jackets tightened up their defense in the second quarter, limiting Heritage to just seven points. Williamsburg's full-court press was a major problem for Heritage, forcing several turnovers and bad shots. At halftime, Williamsburg held a 27-21 lead.
"We changed our defenses up a little bit, trying to keep them off balance. I thought our ball pressure was pretty good for the most part and we were able to get quite a few turnovers," said Robinson. "Really, when they started to make a few runs we were able to turn them over and that is what allowed us to keep a 10-to 12-point lead for most of the game."
The Jackets had six players in the scoring column in the game. Robinson said he saw a lot of good things from his young team.
Williamsburg 59, Heritage 45
Williamsburg 15 12 19 13 59
Heritage 14 7 14 10 45
Williamsburg (56) - Shelton 23, Griffith 16, Chase Lowrie 6, Dalton Sizemore 6, Hamblin 4
Heritage (45) - Luke Stocic 17, Jessie Huff 12, Jacob McDonald 8, Jordan Bryant 5, Hunter Bailey 3
• Upperman 64, W'burg 45
After defeating Heritage, Tenn. in the opening round of the Williamsburg Holiday Tournament, the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets could not pull off the sweep of the Tennessee teams, falling to the Upperman Bees 64-45 in the quarterfinals.
The Bees relied on their size advantage and superior guard play to defeat the Jackets. Big man Joe Jones scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win, while guard Tyler McWilliams added 18 points.
"I think we were tired after that first game, but I think Upperman is a great team and had a lot to do with us looking that way," said Williamsburg coach Patrick Robinson. "They have a good team. They're not really missing anything. They have the inside presence. They have quickness and ball handlers. I think this made them 14-2 on the year now."
Upperman got off to a quick start in third quarter as Jones scored the first eight points, extending the Bees' lead to 37-20 just a couple minutes into the period. Upperman outscored the Jackets 19-9 in the third, putting the game out of the Jackets' reach.
Williamsburg tried to rally in the fourth quarter but could get no closer than 13 points.
Upperman 64. Williamsburg 45
Williamsburg 10 10 9 16 45
Upperman 12 17 19 16 64
Williamsburg (45) - Griffith 20, Chase Lowrie 12, Corey Shelton 8, Logan Hamblin 3, Eric Poore 2
Upperman (64) - Jones 21, McWilliams 18, Jared Cox 12, Cody Devillarueva 7, Wyatt Slagle 4, Dylan Hedgecoth 2