SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Tuscarora, Virginia, came into its boys basketball matchup with Washington on Friday with some strong shooting.
Despite that, the Patriots managed to stay in the game, though, the Huskies walked away with a 79-60 win.
“We were good except for one quarter really. We were playing good solid man-to-man defense, and then that second quarter…” Washington coach Justin Brown said. “(Tuscarora’s Chandler Trunnell) is a player. Sometimes we forgot where he was. You can’t forget where he is, and that’s the youth showing up at the wrong time. He got loose. He got hot. For us, we can’t have a bad quarter. Everything’s got to ball all the time.
“But they kept scrapping, kept fighting. That was the good part tonight. We told them in the locker room that we are proud of them, just keep scrapping and watch what’s going to happen. We had a good game last night, almost pulled one out (against Millbrook). Then today, I thought for three quarters, we played solid. We can’t afford to have lapses in quarters, so when that second quarter got us, we couldn’t get back over the hump.”
Tuscarora thrived from 3-point range early and kept rolling on its way to a double-figure lead at the break.
The Huskies opened with back-to-back 3s by Michael Brennan and Jayden White. Baskets by Isaiah Holler and Liam Morris got the Patriots winning by two, where the deficit hovered for a while.
Back-to-back baskets by David Rogombe and Danny Moylan with 50 seconds left evened the score at 16 for Washington, but Brennan sunk a 3 to push the Huskies back ahead. Rogombe capped the quarter with a putback to keep the Patriots within one.
The second quarter was all about Chandler Tutten, who hit six 3s in the period. He opened with two of those shots to push Tuscarora ahead 25-20, and the Huskies never looked back.
A 3 by Moylan got Washington within 29-27, but Tuscarora went on a 10-0 run to go ahead 30-27. White and Liam Morris helped keep the Patriots in the game in the final seconds of the half with a pair of baskets.
“Danny Moylan did a good job tonight,” Brown said.
White and Tutten came out hot again in the third quarter. A pair of baskets by White extended the Huskies’ lead to 52-34, but Morris pulled Washington within 52-38 with back-to-back baskets.
A pair of 3s by Tutten sandwiched another White basket as Tuscarora built its lead to 60-38 late in the third quarter.
Rogombe closed the quarter with back-to-back baskets as Washington trailed 62-44.
The two teams traded baskets most of the fourth quarter as Rogombe continued his strong play in the second half.
“That’s the David we’ve been waiting on,” Brown said. “That’s the David we’ve been waiting to show up. He’s so athletic. He flew around. Once we get everybody to show up on the same night, I think we’re going to be a problem. They keep fighting and they keep believing in what we’re telling them. That’s what I’m excited about.”
Washington takes on Faith Christian, Virginia, today at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson.