HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS

Ma­toaca top­ples Peters­burg in bas­ket­ball

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Nick Van­de­loecht Sports Ed­i­tor

CH­ESTER­FIELD — “It’s a highly con­tested game...ev­ery time we play, it al­ways comes down to the end,” Ma­toaca Boys Bas­ket­ball head coach Michael Knight said with a laugh. “It’s just a heart-pound­ing game; it can make you age.”

The vis­it­ing Peters­burg Crim­son Wave lurked within strik­ing dis­tance all the way up to the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion. The host­ing Ma­toaca War­riors led by the slimmest of mar­gins for much of the fourth quar­ter, with the Crim­son Wave keep­ing pace to trail 59-57.

Then Tyrese Tin­gle ham­mered a dunk through the hoop.

From there, Ma­toaca took com­mand, stretch­ing its lead on free throws down the stretch to de­feat Peters­burg 67-59.

“We just kept on com­pet­ing,” Knight said. “At the end of the day...we teach our guys to al­ways com­pete, whether you’re up by 10, down by 10. As long as you com­pete, good things will hap­pen.”

Tin­gle mixed in four free throw points with seven in­side buck­ets and a three-pointer to lead all play­ers in the game with 21 points. His team­mate Kaleb Cole­man made eight points from the free throw line, helped his War­riors stay ahead on eight points in the sec­ond half and scored 12 over­all.

“Kaleb is our en­gine,” Knight said, adding that he con­trib­utes “in so many ways, and not nec­es­sar­ily scor­ing - it’s all the other in­tan­gi­bles that he brings as a bas­ket­ball player. As long as he’s still on the court, we’ve got a chance to win.”

The War­riors trailed Peters­burg 32-29 at the half, but opened the third quar­ter on three key points from the line - one by Cole­man and two by Jalen Har­grove (seven points over­all) - to tie the game again. Ma­toaca then went ahead 34-32 on what would end up be­ing the fi­nal lead change of the con­test when Vadell Hawkins (seven points) put-back his own missed layup.

Af­ter Peters­burg’s D’Monte Brown net­ted the first of his 13 sec­ond-half points on a free throw, the War­riors took off on a nine-point run that fea­tured a three­p­ointer from Bryson Kit­trell (nine points over­all), four points from Shaun Kin­dred and a layup by Tin­gle.

But Brown con­tin­ued to heat up and Mil­ton Coles net­ted one of his three three-point­ers in the game to whit­tle the War­riors’ lead back down to six go­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

Coles, Brown, Naquan Greer-Lyons and Nayson Massen­burg cut that gap even fur­ther down to one point, but Kaleb Cole­man sparked the home crowd when he drew the and-one try on the two­pointer, giv­ing Ma­toaca a 59-56 ad­van­tage. Brown added an­other free throw point, but Tin­gle’s dunk gave the War­riors the mo­men­tum to put the game away from be­hind the char­ity stripe.

Brown went seven-of-10 from the line and led Peters­burg with 16 points over­all. Coles scored nine points on three’s and to­taled 13 points in the game. Aaron Hask­ins went sixof-six in free throws in the sec­ond quar­ter to keep his Crim­son Wave in po­si­tion to even­tu­ally take the lead over Ma­toaca at half­time. Hask­ins fin­ished with 10 points to­tal.

The two teams tied at 17-17 af­ter the first quar­ter, with Tin­gle lead­ing Ma­toaca with seven points, Cole­man net­ting all four of his tries from the line and six dif­fer­ent play­ers find­ing the bas­ket for Peters­burg. The Crim­son Wave in that quar­ter saw Coles, Massen­burg, Joseph Green and Quishawn Pro­sise each shoot a three-pointer, and D’Monte Brown net three with an and-oine. Massen­burg in the sec­ond knocked down an­other three from be­yond the top of the key and Coles bat­tled his way to the paint to hit two and push the Crim­son Wave ahead of the War­riors be­fore the half. Hask­ins added a put­back to send Peters­burg into the locker room up 32-29. But Ma­toaca, af­ter net­ting five points to open the third quar­ter, held the edge up un­til the fi­nal buzzer to se­cure the vic­tory.

This com­ing Fri­day, Dec. 7, Ma­toaca will play the Knights at Thomas Dale High School, and Peters­burg will head to Hopewell to face the Blue Devils. Tip-off time for both games is slated for 7:15 p.m.

[NICK VAN­DE­LOECHT/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

Ma­toaca Bas­ket­ball’s Tyrese Tin­gle (#10) re­acts af­ter scor­ing two points in his War­riors’ home game ver­sus Peters­burg on Tues­day. Tin­gle scored 21 points and the War­riors de­feated Peters­burg 67-59.

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