IWA boys basketball improves to 7-1

Published 9:51 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Isle of Wight rode a second straight double-double by sophomore Casey Williams to defeat Veritas Christian 67-35 Monday in a non-conference match-up at Jester Gymnasium.

Williams had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and teammate Jackson Goodman added nine rebounds to go with his eight points, all coming in the second half of a third-straight game without standout center Nathan Sivertson, who is out with an ankle sprain. Hunter Triplett continued his hot scoring with 12 points and seven steals.

A last-second layup by Austin Rogers gave IWA a sweep Saturday, 60-57, over Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate of Darlington, S.C. in the Life and Breath Tournament.

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With his team tied with Trinity-Byrnes, 57-57, Rogers stole the ball from Tyron McElveen with 35 seconds left, dribbled to midcourt and held the ball. After an IWA timeout, Rogers drove, shot and missed, recovered the miss and then made a reverse layup with 2.6 seconds remaining. He also was fouled and hit the free throw to set the final score.

Rogers finished with 20 points and keyed a Chargers defense that virtually shut down the Titans late in the second half. Rainer Marfio’s basket with 7:50 left started a 24-8 run to close the game. During that period, IWA was 10-for-14 from the foul line.

Rogers also converted on a three-point play that tied the game for the first time with 3:53 left, as well as a three-pointer as time expired in the first half, which cut the Trinity-Byrnes lead under 10 points, after the deficit ballooned as high as 17 points.

Hunter Triplett had 17 points, and Casey Williams had 10 for IWA.

Friday, the Chargers defeated the host school 61-48 in the tournament opener.

IWA (7-1) is set to play at Williamsburg Christian Friday.