Warriors fall in battle of the Rivers

Published 7:57 pm Saturday, February 3, 2018

Nansemond River High School boys’ basketball team took a road loss to Indian River High School Friday night.

V.J. Wilkins scored a career-high 26 in the Warriors’ matchup with the Braves on Friday. The Warriors lost the battle of the Rivers by a close seven points. (Linda Lewis Photo)

V.J. Wilkins scored 26 points, which included six three-pointers in the fourth quarter, for the Warriors in their loss over Indian River. The first quarter started off well for the Warriors as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead, but they ended up finishing that quarter down 19-14.

Indian River continued to build on that momentum going into halftime with a 33-22 lead. Nansemond River took another hit in a bad third quarter, where Indian River had a 30-point quarter to extend their lead to 63-38. However, the script flipped in the fourth quarter for the Warriors, when they poured in 35 points with Wilkins leading the way. The Warriors were on the verge of an unbelievable comeback but ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, losing the game 81-74.


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Jeremiah Lewis, Bryce Parker and Gerard Stringer were all out for the Warriors Friday night.

Nansemond River will now turn their attention to rival Lakeland High School, whom they will face two times this week. They will go to Lakeland at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Indian River 81, Nansemond River 74

IR—Gatling 20, Kirby 17, Ellis 16, Pannell 13, Williams 6, Sawyer 3, Smith 2, Hodges 2, Eldridge 2

NR—Wilkins 26, Fatherly 13, Murray 9, Chatman 9, Williams 7, Payne 4, Boone 2, Hale 2, Langston 2