Patriots halt Chargers

Published 9:55 pm Thursday, January 22, 2015

Isle of Wight Academy’s boys’ basketball team played better against Portsmouth Christian School on Tuesday than it had earlier this season, but the Patriots still won 65-50 at Jester Gymnasium.

Portsmouth Christian junior guard Justin Chicot, a transfer from King’s Fork High School, led his team with a game-high 17 points, and junior guard/forward Adrian Clayton added 14.

Chargers sophomore guard James Ricks had a season-high 14 points, including four three-pointers, and senior center Adam Webb had 11 points.

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IWA stayed within striking distance until late in the game. It trailed 17-10 after a quarter and 32-26 at the half, but a Patriots scoring binge in the second half put the game out of reach. PCS won the third quarter 14-10 and the fourth 19-14.

The Chargers got as close as three points in the third quarter, cutting the Portsmouth lead to 36-33 on one of Ricks’ three-pointers. But Portsmouth Christian scored 10 of the next 13 points before the end of the period to take control.

The Patriots defeated visiting IWA 88-49 during a prior meeting this season on Dec. 5.

Isle of Wight (3-16, 1-9 in the Metro Athletic Conference) returns to action Friday against host Denbigh Baptist Christian School, the only Metro team the Chargers have defeated this year.