Price, Henrico too much for Armstrong
Warriors pull away late, improve to 6-0 this season
Opponents of the Henrico Warriors who dare venture into the paint are likely to attract the undivided attention of one DeShawn Price.
That, they find, creates a very big problem.
Friday night on the Guy Davis Court, the 6-4, 255pound senior used his imposing size and wellhoned technique to collect 19 rebounds, block two shots and misdirect numerous View photo highlights from Friday’s game at Richmond.com.
others in the Warriors’ 63-49 victory over Armstrong that improved their record to 6-0 and validated their No. 10 ranking in the Times-Dispatch Top 10.
“I try to get the right position, but the ball falls my way most of the time,” said Price, who also scored 6 points. “When I got it, I just kicked it out to my teammates. I know they can knock it down.”
While Price’s rebounding total is eye-popping, his greater contribution in this NASCAR-fast, ragged early-season matchup might have come when the Wildcats (1-1) attacked the basket.
“Some people are rim protectors,” said Henrico coach Vance Harmon. “Some are space eaters.
He definitely eats a lot of space in terms of his sheer girth and width. He knows how to use his body and stays within his game. He plays more horizontally than vertically.”
The Warriors and Wildcats finished the first quarter 14-14, and Henrico used a 14-7 second quarter to take a 28-21 lead into the break.
The home team increased its margin to
39-27 with two minutes left in the third before a 3-pointer from the left corner by Raquan Lee-Bryson at 0:59, then a stickback by Quarn Davis at 0:11 closed the gap to 39-32.
Armstrong opened the fourth with a 6-2 run on the strength of a bucket off a sweet inside move by Davis, a jumper from the right elbow by Antoine Bruce and a pair of free throws by Zarkiel McEachin.
At 6:48, with his team clinging to a 41-38 lead, Harmon called time to settle his guys.
“Coach just told us to keep our foot on their neck,” said Henrico’s Jaden House, who scored 20 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field and 12for-14 from the foul line. “We let off the gas pedal a little bit. They were a great team. They kept us going throughout the whole game.”
From that stoppage of play, the Warriors outscored the visitors 22-11. When the Wildcats were forced to foul, Henrico dropped 12 of 14 shots.
“The gist of the timeout was get your composure and know what we’re going to do,” Harmon said. “Whatever they do, we had an answer for. It was a matter of executing and having the savvy and discipline to slow down and do it.”
The Warriors hit 20 of 54 shots, scored 32 points in the paint, forced 17-for-49 shooting and controlled the boards 41-25. They committed 13 turnovers and created 16.
“This was a classic, old-school Capital District game,” Harmon said. “We know them well. They know us well. The skill goes out the window a little bit, and it becomes a matter of grit and determination.”
ARMSTRONG (1-1) — Zarkiel McEachin 9, Jawaun Williams 13, Antoine Bruce 7, Shamayah Wright 6, Quran Davis 6, Raquan Lee-Bryson 5. Totals: 0 0-0 49.
HENRICO (6-0) — Jahme Ested 16, Jaden House 20, Jeremiah Langley 8, TJ Lemon 6, Deshawn Price 6, James Woody 2, Daquan Stevenson 2, Demonte Sumler 3. Totals: 0 0-0 63.
Armstrong 14 7 11 17—49 Henrico 14 14 11 24—63
3-point goals: — ARM: Raquan LeeBryson 1 HEN: Demonte Sumler 1.
Henrico’s DeShawn Price grabs a rebound during the Warriors’63-49 win over Armstrong on Friday.Price finished with 19 rebounds to go alongwith two blocks and6 points.
ABOVE: Armstrong’s Shamayah Wright (right) and Henrico’s DeShawn Price vie for a rebound in Friday’s game at Henrico. BELOW: Henrico coach Vance Harmon talks with his players. After he called a timeout with 6:48 to play, his team finished the game on a 22-11 run to win by 14. The Warriors improved to 6-0 for the season.