Price, Hen­rico too much for Arm­strong

War­riors pull away late, im­prove to 6-0 this sea­son

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - COMICS, ETC. - BY WEL­DON BRAD­SHAW Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent

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.

Boys bas­ket­ball

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.

ALEXA WELCH ED­LUND/TIMES-DIS­PATCH

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.

ALEXA WELCH ED­LUND/TIMES-DIS­PATCH

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.

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