Windsor drops game to Appomattox

Published 11:01 am Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Windsor's R.J. Edwards drives to the hoop during the Dukes' 47-42 loss to Appomattox Regional Governor's School on Tuesday.

WINDSOR—Windsor High School’s boy’s basketball team lost its first Tri-Rivers District game to Appomattox Regional Governor’s School on Tuesday night.

The action-packed game in Windsor involved plenty of lead changes, with the Dragons pulling it out in the end for a 47-42 win. Tony Walton led the Dukes with 15 points and R.J. Edwards added 12.

Second-year Duke Head Coach Chris Smith remarked after the game that even with the loss, the Dukes at 3-2, are off to their best start in years. The team will be working to improve its man-to-man offense and close some gaps on defense.

“We are young and building for the future,” Smith said.

The Dragons took control of the opening tip-off, but both teams started cold, missing shots and making a turnovers. The Dragons scored first, but the Dukes tied it up at 6-all early into the game.

The Dukes edged ahead 8-6, but the Dragons rebounded for an 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Dukes tied the game again at 11-all early into the second quarter and took a 12-11 lead after Michael Vines connected on one of two free throws.

Edwards put the Dukes ahead 18-17 with 3:15 remaining in the half, but the Dragons went on to take a 22-20 lead to the locker room.

The second half started again with both teams cold. The Dukes pumped in a jumper to tie the game at 22-all. Fouls and turnovers hurt the teams’ efforts in the third quarter as the Dragons held on to a slight lead.

Edwards found his range, hitting two, 3-point baskets and closed the score to 34-30 at the end of the period.

Edwards dropped in another 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 34-33. Walton, working down under, dropped in buckets, and the score was tied again at 36 and 38-all with 5:31 remaining in the game.

Hitting another cold spell, the Dukes saw the Dragons increase their lead to 43-38 with 1:35 remaining in the game.

With less than one minute left, the Dukes tried to connect on more 3-point shots, but were not successful as time ran out.