Chargers conquer Vikings 69-59

Published 10:28 am Monday, February 20, 2017

by James J. Lidington

Isle of Wight Academy got 16 points from Jordan Baines and 11 from Dequan Turner as the Chargers defeated Brunswick Academy 69-59 on Feb. 6 at Jester Gymnasium.

All 13 other Chargers — save for senior Rylee Williams, out the rest of the year with a knee injury — played and scored in the game.

IWA led 26-10 after the first quarter, in which Baines had 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Turner had nine of his 11 points on 3-pointers in the second quarter, after which IWA had a 49-23 lead.

The Vikings attempted to climb back into contention in the final period. Bryant Porch, who finished with a game-high 21 points, had nine of his points in his team’s 25-15 fourth quarter. He was also 3-for-4 from the foul line in that period.

Rivals from IWA’s tenure in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference, teams played for the second time this year. IWA triumphed 72-45 in November.

In other action last week:

• IWA played competitive basketball for a half, but was overtaken by Williamsburg Christian 70-46 Friday night at Jester Gym.

The Chargers trailed by a layup, 28-26, at halftime, but were held to six points versus Williamsburg’s 30 in the third quarter as the Eagles claimed a 16-point lead going to the fourth.

Baines’ 13 points was a team high; the Eagles’ 6-foot-9 center Chester Makoi had 20 points, Rashawn Cook had 17 and Cle’Von Greene — the leading scorer in the Metro Athletic Conference — had 16.

The win dropped the Chargers’ record to 13-9, 6-7 in the Metro Athletic Conference, for the week.

• IWA trailed Atlantic Shores 18-17 after a quarter, but the Seahawks eventually knocked off the Chargers 82-53 on Tuesday.

Baines had 23 points and Grant Worthy had 12. Shores was paced by Terrick Philpot’s 21 points and Marvin Trotman’s 20.

• The Chargers finished off their regular season by hosting Banner Christian in the home finale on Monday — the final career home game for storied coach and Head of School Benjamin Vaughan — then they traveled to Broadwater on Tuesday and Atlantic Shores on Friday. Conference tournaments will be held the following week.