BOYS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
High school basketball: Boys preview capsules
Coach: Antonio Coghill
Last year: 17-5 overall, 10-1 (second) in district.
Top returners: Sr. Ty'Ran Bates (12 ppg, 3 apg), Jr. Te'Quan Alers,
Sr. Da'Quan Lucas, Jr. A'Darius Brown.
Top newcomers: Jr. Jaamir Bumbrey, Sr. LaJuan Sims, Sr. Erik Hairston,
Jr. Devin Blake
, So. Steven Bryant, Jr. Tevin Washington, Jr. Torreik
Ferguson, Jr. Devon Atkins, Sr. A.J. Sims.
Outlook: Several key players return from last year's 17-5 team. The
Jackets are loaded with guards, and will depend on their quickness to
finish near the top of the Battlefield again this winter.
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JM LEANS ON ITS VETS
High school boys basketball: Caroline at James Monroe
By STEVE FRANZELLO
Ty'ran Bates and Da'Quan Lucas are two of the most experienced players on the James Monroe basketball team this season. Bates scored 19 points, including six in the fourth quarter, and
Lucas added 15, including three 3-pointers in the first half, as JM
posted a 68-52 victory in the Battlefield District opener for both teams.
The Jackets improved to 2-0 overall with the victory, while the
Cavaliers dropped to 0-3. Both teams continue their district play on
Tuesday. Caroline entertains King George, and JM travels to Eastern
With Lucas' hot-shooting leading the way, JM raced to a 20-7 lead
after one quarter, and then increased the margin to 40-21 at the half.
The Jackets connected on 15 of 30 field goal attempts in the first two
quarters and controlled the game's tempo with their pressing defense.
In the second quarter, Bates and fellow guards A'Darius Brown and
Devin Blake used their quickness and backcourt pressure to help force
six Caroline turnovers in the period. For the game, JM's rotating
man-to-man defense and zone press caused 20 Cavalier miscues.
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Jackets Sting Visiting Eagles
With just over two minutes remaining in Monday night's meeting between James Madison and Freedom, the Yellow Jackets used their up-tempo brand of basketball to pull ahead by a nine point margin. The Eagles, however, clawed back and pulled within a basket with 27
seconds left. Seconds later, a quick steal and bucket from Arazi Simmons
knotted the game at 63 with just 20 ticks remaining on the clock and
the basketball in the possession of the Jackets.
Senior guard Ty'Ran Bates caught the ball on the wing, attacked the
rim, was fouled and sent to the line for two shots with just three
seconds remaining. After misfiring on the first attempt, Bates collected
himself and calmly sank the game-winner to seal the deal for the Yellow
Jackets. The 5-foot 10-inch guard finished the evening with a steady 13
Bates teamed up with fellow backcourt junior guard Devin Blake, who
poured in 20 points, to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 64-63 victory over
the visiting Freedom Eagles.
"[Bates and Blake] came up big for us tonight," said Coghill said. "And we definitely needed every last bit of it."
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JM 64, Freedom 63
Freedom rallied to tie the score with 17 seconds to play, but Ty'Ran
Bates was fouled with three seconds left and converted 1-of-2 free
throws to help James Monroe get a nondistrict win last night.
Bates finished with 13 points, eight assists and five rebounds, and
Devin Blake added a season-high 20 points for the unbeaten Yellow
Jackets. Eric Hairston totaled nine rebounds and Te'Quan Alers six.
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Lucas clutch late in victory
Da'Quan Lucas scored a game-high 17 points and hit 8-of-10
fourth-quarter free throws as visiting James Monroe held on for a 62-55
Battlefield District victory despite making just one field goal in the
final period last night.
Ty'Ran Bates was 9-for-11 from the line, part of JM's 23-for-29
effort. Devin Blake added 15 points and Te'Quan Alers 10 for the
Yellow Jackets (10-7, 7-5).
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KING GEORGE 75, JM 69
D.J. Lewis scored 21 points to help the Foxes clinch the No. 2 seed in the Battlefield District tournament. Devin Blake led James Monroe (11-8, 8-6) with 21 points and 11
Battlefield District boys basketball semifinals
BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH
Nobody enjoys James Monroe's hot 3-point shooting as much as junior center Te'Quan Alers. And that's kind of ironic, because Alers is 6-foot-8 and about 250 pounds, and rarely ventures beyond the arc.
But when the Yellow Jackets are firing as efficiently and
successfully as they were last night, it forces defenses to spread
farther away from the paint, giving Alers some much-appreciated
square-footage to work with. Alers finished with 19 points and nine rebounds and James Monroe
drilled nine 3-pointers as it held off top-seeded Culpeper, 82-71, in a
Battlefield District semifinal.
James Monroe's Da'Quan Lucas had 18 points and Devin Blake added 16.
Ty'Ran Bates tallied 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the
Yellow Jackets, who will face King George in tomorrow's district
With 4 minutes, 18 seconds left in the second quarter, Lucas drained a 3-pointer from the right side of the arc that gave the Jackets a 31-16 lead. But Culpeper responded quickly, closing the half with a 16-5 run. With 13 seconds left, Drayton Shanks (15 points) drove through the
lane and threw down a two-handed slam. Seconds later, he stole the ball
and coasted in for a one-handed dunk.
After Shanks started the second half with a layup that sliced
Culpeper's deficit to 36-34, James Monroe responded with a 9-0 flurry. Culpeper would not go down quietly, however. Bobby Zajkowski (15 points) drilled consecutive 3-pointers before Nik
Stewart added another from the right arc, helping the Blue Devils pull
within 54-53 after three quarters.
But in the fourth quarter, James Monroe had one more rally, and this time the Blue Devils had no answer. Blake hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 14-2 run, and the Yellow
Jackets made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minutes to seal the win. "But we can't lose our focus," Blake said. "We want to win a state
title and go all the way, and we can't let a win like this go to our
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BOYS BATTLEFIELD SEMIFINALS: Jackets show range
By Ron Counts
James Monroe's Devin Blake drained four of the Yellow Jackets' nine 3-pointers, Tequan Alers recorded a double-double and the Jackets converted on 15-of-19 trips to the free throw line to upset No. 1 Culpeper 82-71 in the rivals' third meeting of the season. The Blue Devils have become accustomed to being the ones lighting up the scoreboard from beyond the 3-point arc, but James Monroe (14-5) got hot from the perimeter early Wednesday.
Torreik Ferguson drained a shot from long range at
the end of the first quarter, before the Jackets reeled off four
straight 3-pointers in the second to put James Monroe up by as many as 16 points.
hit one of his three 3-pointers to cut the Jackets’ lead to eight with
one minute left in the second quarter, and Drayton Shanks ended the half
with a two-handed slam dunk followed by a one-handed dunk to send
Culpeper into the locker room at halftime trailing just 36-32.
Culpeper made another furious push in the third,
though, and actually cut the Jackets’ lead to one point thanks to a
3-pointer from Nik Stewart and six straight points reeled off by point guard Josh Majors. But that’s when James Monroe got hot from beyond the arc again.
hit his third and fourth 3-pointers and Alers sank a lay-up and drew a
foul to put the Jackets up by 11, a deficit that proved too much for the
Blue Devils to overcome.