Bulldogs take biggest bite yet, 67-61 over DC
CHESAPEAKE – A season ago, King’s Fork’s boys basketball team got one district win.
In the past week, in the early stages of the 2006-07 season, the Bulldogs have now won three straight district games.
With a 67-61 victory Tuesday night at Deep Creek, King’s Fork is surprising one district foe after another heading into Thursday night’s rivalry match-up at Nansemond River.
On the surface Tuesday night, it was KF freshman Jaquon Parker versus DC’s Corey Law.
Both were outstanding as Parker pilled up 28 points and eight rebounds and Law was dominant in the lane, going for 24 points and 17 rebounds.
According to KF head coach Josh Worrell, there was much more that went into the Bulldogs’ win.
&uot;Everyone on this team did their role and did their job tonight.
Some guys had to sacrifice their offensive game for their defense, and they did it.&uot;
Jamar Wertz, who still managed 14 points, and point guard Sha’ka Miller were the two singled out by Worrell as being huge on the defensive end.
&uot;Deep Creek was trying everything to stop Jamar, but he fought through that.
He really stepped up with his defense, rebounding, all the small things,&uot; said Worrell.
In the first half, maybe the Hornets as a whole didn’t deliver their best shot, but Law certainly did.
In the first half, Law scored 17 of his points, mainly off of offensive rebounds.
KF took their first lead when Miller hit a trey, putting KF up 7-6.
Parker went to work the next couple possessions, scoring on two hard drives to the basket.
The second lay-in turned into a three-point play, making it 12-8 KF.
DC’s pressure defense forced a good number of Bulldog turnovers over the next about eight minutes of play and the Hornets led by six with a couple minutes in the half.
Parker again put up his own personal scoring run to turn things around.
Parker scored on an offensive board and put-back for a three-point play, then he drained a three to put KF ahead, 30-27.
Law scored DC’s last three points of the half, making for a 30-30 score at the break.
KF took the lead on their first possession of the second half as Rar-kesh Harris hit a three.
The halftime score would be the last time of the night the Bulldogs didn’t lead.
With the defensive effort Worrell mentioned, KF held DC to 4-for-17 shooting in the third period.
In the meantime, KF went up 45-37 when Wertz finished a fast break with a lay-up and a foul for a three-point play.
By the end of the period, KF led 53-42; it was a 23-12 third period for KF.
DC’s half-court trap troubled and hassled KF as they tried to control the ball and the clock in the fourth period.
Fortunately for KF though, as DC got plenty of stops, KF made it tough for the Hornet offense.
With 3:34 remaining, KF led 57-51.
DC had the ball and a chance to take the lead under six but a blocked shot and save by Loren Farris turned into an outlet pass sending Miller and Parker on a fast break, Miller dished to Parker for a dunk, making it 61-53.
On DC’s ensuing possession, Parker picked off a pass and went in for another break.
He was fouled as he went in for another dunk and the foul was called flagrant.
KF got just one point out of the foul, but DC never got the game down to a two-possession game again.
&uot;We took a few shots I didn’t agree with,&uot; said Worrell about the fourth period, &uot;but overall we really kept our composure for a young team.&uot;
&uot;At the start of the season I wondered what we’d do in tough situations, well they showed what they can do tonight.&uot;
Nansemond River hosts King’s Fork (5-2, 3-1) Thursday at 7 p.m.
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