HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
Matoaca topples Petersburg in basketball
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.
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.