IWA Chargers already score two wins in boys basketball

Published 11:13 am Wednesday, November 23, 2016

by James J. Lidington

Isle of Wight Academy outscored Veritas Christian (Chesapeake) 19-2 in overtime to defeat the Spartans 80-63 here on Friday.

IWA’s Grant Worthy had his three 3-pointers all in overtime for the Chargers, which began with the teams knotted at 61. Teammate Jordan Baines led all scorers with 29 points, including five 3-pointers. Brandon Casey also had 17 points and hit five shots from beyond the arc.

Veritas’ Brehon Lambert made both ends of a one-and-one to tie the game at 61 in the closing seconds.

Worthy finished the game with 21 points. Kris Warren and Keshon Roundtree led the Spartans with 14 points. Lambert had 13 points; Diontre Pierre, 12.

The teams battled back and forth for much of the contest. IWA led by a point, 17-16, after a quarter and added on to that advantage to take a 33-30 lead into the halftime locker room.

IWA traveled to Kenston Forest for a game Monday night.

Isle of Wight Academy again rode hot long-distance shooting to defeat an opponent, besting Kenston Forest 57-25 here on Monday night.

Senior guard Jordan Baines had a game-high 19 points, including five from 3-point range, in two quarters of play before he was removed from the game with IWA up 36-9 at the half. Brandon Casey had 10 points including two threes of the Chargers’ total of seven for the game.

IWA hit 14 three-pointers in their 80-63 defeat of Veritas Christian on Nov. 18.

The Chargers wasted no time in making their intentions known. They raced to a 12-0 advantage in the game’s first 6 minutes before Kenston scored its first points on a three-pointer by Tyler White with 1:58 remaining in the period.

They further outdistanced their competition in the second quarter, outscoring Kenston 21-4 with Baines leading the way with 13 of his 19 points.

The Kavaliers were led by White’s 9 points.

IWA has scored 120 points in two games, contrasted with 2015-16, when they averaged 56 points per game. The Chargers made 142 three-pointers a year ago — an average of 5.5 per game — but have made 21 through two games this season.

With 48 points in two games, Baines is on pace to score 624 points this season, nearly twice as many as IWA’s leading scorer of the 2015-16 campaign, Bryce Casey.

The Chargers (2-0) continue their road-warrior ways with road contests on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Brunswick Academy and Friday, Dec. 2, at Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

JAMES LIDINGTON is a teacher at Isle of Wight Academy. He can be contacted at 357-3866.