Raiders can’t best Fuqua

Published 9:22 am Friday, January 8, 2010

COURTLAND—LaVon Harper, a 6-foot, 9-inch center, scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked six shots to lead Fuqua School to a 56-40 win over Southampton Academy in a Virginia Commonwealth Conference boys’ basketball game Tuesday night.

Harper, a junior, was able to score every way possible on the court, including layups, dunks, jumpers and even 3-pointers. He had 20 points at the half as the Falcons went up 38-15.

SA (1-6) scored the first points of the game on a short jumper by Joseph Gansor. But, the Falcons (4-2) jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter by connecting on four 3-pointers.

The Raiders did the same thing to open the second quarter. Gansor grabbed a rebound and put back a shot to cut the Fuqua lead to 14-6. But the Falcons scored the next 14 points to break the game open for good.

SA played the game without outside threat Wade Martin who is out at least four weeks with a dislocated kneecap. Fuqua’s 1-3-1 defense did a good job of not allowing the Raiders to penetrate and SA could have used an outside shot.

“We could have used him, especially against a team that is running a 1-3-1. It really hurts,” said Hudson Bryant, SA head coach. “It hurts us when we are swinging the ball against an aggressive zone, but we don’t have a shooter out there. He was keeping us in some games at the beginning of the year.”

Gansor scored 14 points, including 11 of SA’s 15 first half points and also blocked four shots.

“He was aggressive out of the gate. When he caught the ball and had a lot of offensive put backs, he was the reason we weren’t getting beat worse at halftime,” Bryant said about Gansor.

The only thing Fuqua did poorly in the game was shoot free throws. The Falcons missed 9 of 13 free throws in the second half.

Storm Gray scored 11 points off the bench for the Raiders.

Southampton Academy plays Brunswick Academy at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.