Poquoson routs Saints in Tabb tourney

Published 4:16 pm Wednesday, December 30, 2009

When Poquoson’s Danny Barto threw in a 75-foot basket at the horn to the end of the first quarter on Tuesday against Nansemond-Suffolk, it boosted Poquoson’s lead to 20-9.

Even with Barto’s miracle shot for the Islanders, things got worse, much worse for the Saints as the last three quarters played out. With a 17-minute-long field goal drought included for the Saints, Poquoson cruised to an 80-30 win in the first round of the Bayport Holiday Tournament at Tabb High School.

Nansemond-Suffolk (1-7) moved into the consolation game on Wednesday to face Gloucester. The Dukes lost to Tabb on Tuesday 63-43.

The Islanders opened the game by taking a 13-3 lead. Poquoson started by making three of its first four three-pointers and continued to shoot the ball well all night. The Islanders finished the night making 11-of-27 three-point shots. Davis Ireland led the way with 15 points, all on treys, but six different Islanders connected from three-point range.

NSA countered the fast start for a few minutes. Good drives to the basket from guards Breon Willie and Chris Sharrett cut the lead to 15-9 and the Saints seemed to be working back into the contest. Barto’s shot from NSA’s foul line gave Poquoson five straight points in the final seconds of the quarter.

After an NSA hoop to open the second quarter, Poquoson rolled off 17 straight points. The Islanders ran their offense very efficiently, and even when their shots were off, they dominated the Saints on the boards to get second and third chances.

Poquoson led 37-13 at the half and won the third period 19-2. After a field goal just over a minute into the second quarter, the Saints didn’t score another field goal until Willie made a three-pointer at the 5:15 mark of the fourth quarter.

Poquoson finished the game with a 51-22 rebounding advantage and an 18-8 turnover advantage.

Sharrett had nine points to lead NSA. Anthony Waldner had eight points.