Doyle scores season high 34 in tournament loss

Published 11:15 am Wednesday, February 22, 2012

FREDERICKSBURG—Southampton High School’s boys’ basketball season came to a screeching halt Tuesday with an 87-64 loss to James Monroe High School in the AA Division 3 Region I quarterfinals.

Southampton senior Nick Doyle’s season-high 34 points were not enough for the Indians to overcome the eight three-pointers by the Yellow Jackets nor the inside play of Jayem big man Tey’Quan Alers.

The Indians held a 5-4 lead in the first quarter, but great rebounding by Alers and the running of the rest of the Jackets quickly ran the score to 15-5 and 22-10 at the end of the quarter.

An 8-0 run to start the second quarter was the beginning of the end for the Indians.

“We dressed only eight guys tonight, and one was benched until the second half for discipline reasons, so we were real short-handed tonight,” said Coach Will Melbye. “It’s no excuse. We were still able to execute our offensive and defensive sets in spurts, but spurts are not going to take down a good team like Jayem (23-2).”

“We knew we needed to slow them down and make them run some half-court sets and we were just not able to contain their running,” Melbye continued. “They were too quick in spots for some of our guys.”

This was Southampton’s third straight trip to the region tournament; it was their second straight runner-up finish in the district. The Indians have gone 45-28 over the last three years.