Bulldogs take down Warriors
The King’s Fork High School boys’ basketball team got the best of rival Nansemond River High School Tuesday night on the road.
The Bulldogs moved to 10-2 on the season after getting a road 70-66 win over the Warriors. It was an important win, as all three Suffolk schools have significant competition among each other for the city title this season.
Even though this was the first official meeting of the two teams, they were able to get a glance at each other a couple of weeks ago in the Bulldogs-hosted Holiday Tournament.
“We knew what we were getting into,” Coach Rick Hite said. “It was a tough, hard-nosed game with a well-coached team. We are fortunate to get a win no matter how we get it.”
King’s Fork got off to a strong 22-10 start in the first quarter. As usual this season, the Warriors turned up the pressure in the second quarter and started to claw their way back into the game, cutting the lead down to five with a score of 27-22 with 4:12 to play in the second quarter. Justin Fatherly had a good first half for the Warriors, as they went into the half down only two, with a score of 34-32.
In the second half, King’s Fork never allowed the Warriors to take the lead. The Bulldogs knew they had to limit mistakes in the second half to fight off a feisty Warriors team. Keontae Boyette put up 28 for the Bulldogs to lead them to victory. Fatherly matched Boyette’s total, leading the Warriors with 28. His critical shooting down the stretch kept the Warriors close until the end. George Beale and Tyler Chatman both scored in double-digits for the Bulldogs with 16 and 15 respectively.
The Bulldogs will go from one rival to another Friday night. King’s Fork will host Lakeland Friday night at 7 p.m. Nansemond River will go on the road to take on Hickory High School Friday night at 7 p.m.
King’s Fork 70, Nansemond River 66
KF—Boyette 28, Beale 16, Chatman 15, Williams 4, Bailey 4, Wilson 2, Davis 1
NR—Fatherly 28, Lewis 17, Murray 11, Langston 4, Allen 3, Boone 2, Brown 1