Warriors’ baskets worse than Greyhounds’ bites

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 12, 2002

The statement goes, there’s no ‘I’ in team. In their 74-51 victory over visiting Norcom on Tuesday evening, Nansemond River proved it true. For the first three quarters, an individual player took the spotlight in each period. But after Norcom cut an 18-point lead to five with 1:43 left in the third quarter, the Warriors (2-0, 0-0) pulled together to run away with the win.

Fred Spratley owned the first quarter, bombing in his team’s first four points and eight of their first 13 as the Warriors charged to a 20-7 lead to end the period. In the second, Dominic Strand took his turn, scoring seven quick points as Nansemond River got to 27-9.

The Greyhounds scored consecutive points for the first time, as Ryan Brodie, Dominique Williams and Phillip Humprey rattled in seven points. But a layup by Strand gave the Warriors a 33-18 halftime advantage.

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Alfred Young led Norcom on its first run in the third quarter, draining four points in the first 1:27 to cut the Warrior lead to 36-24. After Elgin Copeland banked in a layup for Nansemond River, Young buried his team’s first three-pointer to get within 11, and Tysheane Sweat and Williams got it down to 40-31.

Marquie Cooke, who had scored only two points beforehand, took over the offense for his team, scoring its next six points. But Williams, Sweat and Humprey scored to get as close as 45-40, at which point Nansemond River called timeout.

Dexter Bailey hit a free throw for the Warriors, and Cooke snatched Norcom’s in-bound pass. He was fouled, and swished both free throws for a 48-40 lead. Cooke cooked up three more points in the next 40 seconds to raise the lead to 11, and Latron Demiel sank a free throw to make it 52-40 at the start of the last quarter.

Demiel sank his third three-pointer of the game to open the last period, and Copeland sank a layup soon after for a 57-40 advantage. Young hit a free throw with 6:42 to play, but the Greyhounds didn’t score again until the five-minute mark. Meanwhile, Spratley, Copeland, Cooke and Demiel rattled off 10 consecutive points for a 67-41 lead. Young scored seven points for Norcom, but Cooke and Dennis Conley scored, and Justin Sorensen ended the game with his first basket as a varsity Warrior, a jumper from the right side.

In female competition, the Lady Warriors pulled a 39-23 victory on Monday. The girls will visit Indian River on Thursday, the boys on Friday.