By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
LYNN CAMP — With starting center Andrew Griffith out due to an injury, Williamsburg coach Patrick Robinson had no other choice but to tell his team if they had an open three-pointer to shoot it against a much-larger Lynn Camp squad.
The plan worked to perfection, as the Yellow Jackets knocked down 14 three-pointers while handing the Wildcats a 75-52 loss on Tuesday.
The game was tied at 17 apiece midway through the second quarter when Williamsburg’s Skyler Griffith got the hot-hand and hit four consecutive three-pointers that triggered a 20-4 run and the Yellow Jackets (1-0) never looked back.
“I told the coaches that they (Lynn Camp) are a lot bigger than we are and that’s going to be us every night. On nights we’re shooting the ball well, I think we’ll be OK, but if we’re struggling like we were in the first quarter, making shots, then it’s going to be rough.
“It’s going to be one of those things,” he added. “Each night, it’s going to be different. Thank God that Skyler and Corey (Shelton) shot the ball tremendously well”
Griffith led Williamsburg in shooting with a 30-point, which included making seven three-pointers while Shelton scored 27 points and finished the game hitting four three-pointers.
“When you play teams like Lynn Camp that are big and long, especially early they weren’t really guarding us out there on the perimeter, so that’s what you’ve got to do is make shots — that and drive and kick,” Robinson said.
The Yellow Jackets took a commanding 37-21 lead into the locker room at halftime and continued to hurt the Wildcats (1-2) from the outside by hitting four-of-five shot attempts from three-point range in the third quarter.
Williamsburg’s lead grew to 19 points (56-37) by the time the third quarter had ended and Lynn Camp could only get as close as 22 points (66-44) in the fourth quarter.
“They had some big kids and they had one of their better players hurt, but so do we,” Robinson said.
“The only size that we had is eliminated — starting size,” he added. “When Andrew is out our size is gone. I’m pretty pleased with our guys, they played tremendously hard the whole game.”
Williamsburg finished the game hitting 14-of-27 shot attempts from three-point range and 26-of-59 overall from the floor. The Yellow Jackets only turned the ball over 10 times.
The Wildcats connected on 18-of-54 shot attempts and three-of-13 from three-point range and turned the ball over 17 times.
Skyler McFarland led Lynn Camp with 17 points while Zach Smith finished the game with 14.
“We played the way we were capable of for quarter and a half,” Lynn Camp coach Clyde Dion said. “I feel we are much improved and it showed until Skyler Griffith exploded. Their run right before half was the game.
“Not much a coach can do when opponents shots the ball that way,” he added. “The Jackets were awesome from three-point line. Another good game from Zach and Skyler but need others to step it up if we are going to win games.”
Williamsburg 75, Lynn Camp 52
Williamsburg 11 26 19 19 75
Lynn Camp 13 8 16 15 52
Williamsburg (75) — Shelton 27, Griffith 30, Lowrie 8, Sizemore 8, Jeffers 2.
Lynn Camp (52) — Smith 14, McFarland 17, Hammonds 8, Trosper 1, Mair 4, Withrow 4.
By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
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Like It or Not
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Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
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