IWA boys knock down Saints

Published 8:45 pm Wednesday, December 19, 2012

After a five-year hiatus, Isle of Wight Academy renewed its rivalry Tuesday against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, defeating the Saints 68-48 in Jester Gymnasium.

The teams have played in tournaments but last met in regular-season play on Dec. 14, 2007, when NSA bested the Chargers 65-51, a period when the teams routinely met before capacity crowds.

On Tuesday, IWA’s boys’ basketball team began what it hopes is a new mastery of its nearby rivals. Nathan Sivertson led all scorers with 16 points. Teammate Hunter Triplett added 14. The Saints were paced by Logan Lokie’s 10 points.

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IWA took a 19-12 first-quarter lead, but NSA stormed back to tie the game at 27 at halftime thanks to scoring spurts by Lokie, Punit Barot and Alberto Smith.

IWA reclaimed the edge in the third quarter on consecutive baskets by Triplett, the last a three-pointer with 5:45 left in the quarter, to make it 33-31 IWA. The senior also hit two threes in the fourth quarter as the Chargers expanded their advantage.

Sivertson led all rebounders with 17, including 11 on his offensive end. Sophomore Casey Williams had 11 rebounds. IWA completed 7-of-22 three-point attempts and was four baskets better than NSA from two-point range — 18-14 — in the same number of attempts (42).

IWA ran its record to 8-2.

The two teams meet again Dec. 26 in the Peninsula Catholic Holiday Classic.