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Hall puts up 24, Glover 21 for BHS in win over OHS



Prep boys basketball: Battlefield tops Potomac in regional quarterfinals


Hugh Rist

For Prince William Today

The dance coach Kurt Pauly did in the locker room as well as the ear-to-ear smiles on the faces of the players during the post-game celebration said it all—Tuesday’s Northwest Regional quarterfinal game against host Potomac belonged to Battlefield from start to finish.

Whether it was boxing out better for rebounds, taking smarter shots and making them more often, outhustling defenders for 50-50 balls, and having more intensity from start to finish, one thing was clear virtually from the opening tip, the Bobcats were the better team on this night and were clearly bent on avenging an earlier loss to the Panthers.

Battlefield (18-8) advanced to play at George Washington-Danville this Thursday, while Potomac (18-7), the Cardinal District’s regular season champion was left to think about what might have been. Not only were the Bobcats’ collectively intent on making a statement, their team leader, Roman Hall, whom Pauly called “the MVP of our team” was also hoping to put an earlier disappointing game against the Panthers behind him.
On November 29, Hall scored just eight points and was limited to one field goal in a 55-41 loss against Potomac. But Tuesday, Hall hit his first three shots, making eight field goals in all, while scoring a game-high 21 points. Battlefield shot 53 percent from the field in the first quarter (8 for 15), including three three-pointers while holding Potomac to 23 percent shooting (3 for 13) and forcing five turnovers en route to taking a 19-8 first quarter advantage.
Potomac pulled as close as seven points at 39-32 on a running layup by Randy Haynes early in the third quarter, but Battlefield outscored the Panthers 14-5 the rest of the way, getting six points each from Hall and Terrell Walker to lead 53-37 after three quarters.
Pauly said the key to the victory was the Bobcats’ hot shooting. Battlefield shot 48 percent from the field (23 for 48)“We shot the ball really well and obviously that helped us a lot,” Pauly said. “[Trevor] Blondin was sick but he gave us a lot defensively. I can’t say enough about Roman Hall. He plays all the minutes. The kids had to play a perfect game. In order to beat Potomac, you have to play a perfect game and we did that.”
If there was one thing to nit-pick about how the Bobcats played, it was their free throw shooting. Battlefield made 24 of 36 free throws (67 percent), while Potomac made 15 of 17 (88 percent). At one point during a timeout, Pauly appeared to take his team to task for missing free throws, but at the end of the game, he said he could not be critical.
Battlefield did make 11 of 15 (73 percent) free throws in the fourth quarter to prevent Potomac from making a sustained run. “I don’t think it was my yelling [that caused them to shoot better],” Pauly said. “It’s really nerve-wracking for kids. We’ve lost a couple games this year because of that [poor free throw shooting], but there’s not much I can be critical [about] of these kids and what they did.”
Pauly’s excitement as well as that of his team may have stemmed from the fact that the Bobcats had never won a Northwest Regional Tournament game before last Saturday. Pauly said the victory was important for his program because it came against a school with a basketball tradition he greatly respects.
“[This means] a tremendous amount,” Pauly said. “Potomac has a great basketball tradition and we are trying to build that over at Battlefield. Danville is a really good team, but we’ve beaten some good teams and we’re a good team, so our expectations are we will go [down there on Thursday], play a good game, and see what happens.”
For Potomac, the past couple weeks have been extremely difficult. First, there was losing the Cardinal District Tournament banner to the Cardinal District’s No. 2 team, Gar-Field, and now losing to Battlefield. But Honore was quick to “give credit where credit is due.”
“Let’s not minimize Battlefield’s effort,” Honore said. “They were prepared. They played harder. They deserved to win. They had a lot to do with how badly we played. [But] we got what we deserved tonight. The last two weeks we just haven’t taken care of business like good teams should. To be honest with you, we’ve really struggled with success and it caught up to us. Tonight was a result of us as a basketball team experiencing [regular season] success, putting it behind us, and [not] moving on, starting with me as a coach and going to our last player.”
Meanwhile, an excited Hall expressed optimism about how his team has played and will continue to play going forward. “It means a lot to win [a game like this],” Hall said. “Nobody really pays attention to our school [in basketball] either, so maybe [they will now]. We wanted to be aggressive. I had a bad game the last time I played Potomac so I didn’t want to do that again. All of us are aggressive. After winning our first two regional games, we feel we can play with any team in the state. That’s how we feel and now we get a chance to show it.”



Battlefield's Roman Hall holds the Bobcats together

Making the Battlefield High School varsity boys basketball team as a freshman was a big deal for Roman Hall. But Hall's bigger accomplishment has been the player he's developed into since then. As the Bobcats only four-year varsity player and in his role as the point guard, Hall has the dual responsibilities of providing leadership as the team's most experienced player while also running the team on the floor as the chief ball-handler. It's a position Hall didn't easily embrace, but it's one Battlefield second-year head coach Kurt Pauly challenged him to step into.

"Roman had some early success as a freshman on varsity, but there's that thought that 'I've made it,'" Pauly said. "You want to be careful with that."

Hall, the team's top returning scorer from last season after leading scorer Tarik Diggs transferred to National Christian, is more comfortable leading by example, but he grasped what Pauly was asking of him coming into this season. "I've been more vocal than I've been in the past," Hall said.

Pauly considers Hall his team's MVP in a season filled with important firsts. Battlefield won its first-ever regional game this season and is in states for the first time as well. Hall said he learned a lot about being a positive influence on the team from former teammate Jamie Robinson, a starter Hall's freshman year.

Although the Bobcats have more than their fair share of offensive options, the team flows well as a unit with no one feeling left out. Four starters average in double figures and a lot of that has to do with Hall and the way he distributes the ball. "He's realized this year what that entails," Pauly said in reference to Hall's leadership. "It's not just about scoring, but what you do in practice and picking the other play- ers up. He averages 31 minutes a game. He does not get out of the game because we need him to handle the game as a quarterback. In that role, he's finally understood that."

Pauly can see how Hall inspires confidence in his teammates. He doesn't lose his composure and makes sure everyone else is on the same page. Last week, Hall's poise played a key role in helping Battlefield topple Patrick Henry-Roanoke in the first round of regionals before winning at No. 1 seeded Potomac and GW-Danville.

It's been an impressive turnaround for a Battlefield team that lost to Potomac and Patrick Henry early in the regular season as part of a 0-3 start. "We spread it around and the team chemistry works well," Hall said.




Diggs and Hall give Battlefield boys hoops a win


They have played together since age five, through middle school and on AAU basketball teams. So Tarik Diggs and Roman Hall know they can energize a team. When on the court simultaneously, they give Battlefield boys’ basketball squad a lethal combination.

Diggs’s 16 points, Hall’s 11 and a 10-point outing from Terrell Walker keyed the Bobcats’ 57-48 non-district victory over Hylton on Tuesday. Their scoring ability prevented Hylton from putting together a second half rally. “They’re leaders,” Bobcats coach Kurt Pauly said. “They need to step up. Not only that, but we’re starting to get a little bit from Ryan Swingle. “For Tarik and Roman and I would even say Terrell Walker, when they play well, we’re going to be tough to beat.”

Diggs and Hall made sure the Bobcats had a chance to overtake Stonewall Jackson in Battlefield’s Cedar Run District opener last Friday. Diggs scored 27 and Hall 11 as Battlefield hung tough only to fall by eight points.

The duo showed no sign of letting up on Monday against Broad Run. Diggs scored 16 and Hall 15 during an 81-60 Battlefield win.

Their scoring output was evident when a Diggs layup and Hall tip-in gave the Bobcats (3-4) back-to-back second quarter baskets. The second bucket put Battlefield up 22-14 during a period in which Battlefield outscored Hylton 16-7. They continued to score in the third. Donald Jones’s jumper pulled the Bulldogs (4-3) within seven, 38-31 with 2:38 left in the third quarter. But Diggs’s layup and Hall’s runner lifted the Bobcats to a 42-31 advantage.

At the 5:24 mark of the fourth, Diggs’s layup put Battlefield ahead 46-33. Diggs also sank a free throw that stretched Battlefield’s lead to nine, 47-38, after Hylton reeled off five straight points. J.D. Robinson also contributed a key basket, a running bank shot for Battlefield to lead 49-41.

A Hall free throw then followed after Battlefield regained possession off a Hylton turnover. The Bulldogs, however, could only trim Battlefield’s lead to six. They did so on Jones’s three-point play in the fourth as 3:57 remained. Battlefield scored the game’s next five points to lead 52-41.




The Bobcats had four different players reach double figures in Monday’s Group AAA Cedar Run District win. Terrell Walker had 21 points, Tarik Diggs 16, Roman Hall 15 and Ryan Swingle 14.



BHS boys fall short in comeback bid 63-55

By Dan Roem

Stonewall Jackson managed to hold back a late scoring surge by the Bobcats in Manassas on Dec. 16, leading to a 53-55 victory by the host team. The 27-spot put up by Diggs edged out the 23 from Stonewall's JR Washington to lead both teams on the day. Roman Hall of Battlefield chipped in another 11, J.D. Robinson and Terrell Walker each contributed 7 points and Trevor Blondin sank a 3-pointer in the first quarter.

Stonewall seemed to control the tempo in the first half, even commanding a first-quarter slam dunk by Marquis Yates. A Yates jump shot in the second quarter gave SJ its biggest lead of the first half at 21-15. Yet the Bobcats stormed back with Diggs and Hall combining for nine points in the final minutes before half time, leading to a 27-24 score.


The two struck again at the start of the second half with buckets on the bookends of a shot by Yates.

Down by just one point, Hall grabbed a rebound and ran the length of the court. He deposited a shot that put BHS up 30-29 for the first time all game with 6:22 on the clock in the first quarter. Tied up at 34-34, Yates sank a fading jumper behind the foul line and then followed up with another jumper. A classic three-point play by Washington and a short shot by Diandre Stubbs amounted to a 9-0 SJ run that left Battlefield in a big hole just after they had come back.



Bobcats fall to McLean in Bulldog Bash final


In a battle of two of Northern Virginia’s top teams Thursday night, McLean topped Battlefield to win the 2011 Bulldog Bash, 67-61. Battlefield (6-5) trailed for much of the game, and was outscored in all but one quarter.


First-year head coach Kurt Pauly’s Bobcats were in contention for a large portion of the game, but after reeling off wins against Potomac and Flint Hill in the first two rounds of the tournament, McLean showed why they came away with the big hardware. The loss hurts, according to Pauly, but is not in any way debilitating: “Big picture, we obviously played well, but you can’t be satisfied when you lose a championship game,” he said. “But long term, we’ll be fine.”

Diggs had a game-high 23 points for Battlefield. Junior guard Roman Hall had 18 in a losing effort.



Tuesday's prep basketball roundup

By: staff reports


Roman Hall scored 12 points and Cameron Skaff added 11 for the Bobcats in their Cedar Run District win Tuesday.


Starters lead Osbourn to victory


Three of the first four baskets of Friday’s Battlefield-Osbourn Cedar Run District clash belonged to the Bobcats. Trevor Blondin and Roman Hall both sank a layup before Blondin knocked down a 3-pointer.

With the game just over three minutes old, the Bobcats led by five. Then Osbourn’s offense finally awoke.

And with authority. Osbourn’s 35-12 run through the remainder of the first quarter and most of the second lifted the Eagles to a 76-57 home victory on Friday.

Trevor Blondin led Battlefield with 13 points. Jay Payton scored 11 and Roman Hall added 10.





Battlefield boys fall by six

By Ross Wilkers

Sequels can sometimes be nearly as good as the original, as Battlefield basketball fans discovered Monday night in Haymarket. There would be no overtime in the sequel, nor a home triumph as the Eagles defeated the Bobcats 66-60 in a game that teased and tantalized the home fans from the start.

Osbourn improved to 19-1 overall and continued its unbeaten run in the Cedar Run District (9-0). Battlefield dropped to 9-8 overall and 2-4 in the district.

Battlefield sophomore guard Roman Hall got his team off to a good start in the final quarter with a three-point shot within the first 20 seconds. The closest Battlefield would get to the Eagles was within one point, courtesy of a trademark Swingle three-point shot with 4:40 left. Battlefield outscored Osbourn 21-19 in the fourth quarter, giving Ford confidence heading into a crucial district showdown with Loudoun Valley Tuesday night at home.