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Perquimans' Ceo Riddick shoots during the boys' basketball game against Greenbrier Christian (Va.), Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Robert L. Vaughan Border Clash High School Invitational at the Vaughan Center on the campus of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU).


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A strong defensive effort by the Perquimans boys’ basketball team lifted the Pirates to a 66-60 victory against Greenbrier Christian Academy (Va.) in the first of six games at the second annual Robert L. Vaughan Border Clash High School Basketball Invitational at the Vaughan Center on the campus of Elizabeth City State University Monday.

In the third quarter, Perquimans (7-9) led by eight points, but struggles offensively in the halfcourt kept Greenbrier Christian (7-11) in the contest.

Perquimans missed multiple baskets in the second half.

The Gators were able overcome the eight point fourth quarter deficit and took a 60-58 lead following a JT Inskeep basket with less than two minutes to go in the game.

Perquimans tied the game at 60-all and took the lead for good on a basket by Treveon Jones with 33.3 seconds to go.

The basket was set up by a steal on defense by the Pirates.

PQ closed out the game with stops late and converted on shots from the free-throw line.

Ceo Riddick led PQ with 21 points, while Kesian Elliott followed with 18 points.

Perquimans head coach Colin Woodley noted that Riddick provided senior leadership for the team in the game.

“Especially down the stretch, I knew he was the one I wanted on the line and he knocked them down,” Woodley said. “That was big for Ceo.”

Inskeep paced Greenbrier Christian with 21 points.

Perquimans turned up the defensive pressure in the second quarter, as the Pirates were able to force multiple turnovers.

That led to easy baskets by Riddick and Elliott.

Woodley noted that Elliott was really good for the Pirates in the second quarter.

“[He] brought a lot of energy and that translated to the rest of the team playing really good ball,” Woodley said.

The coach added that the second quarter in which the Pirates scored 26 points might have been the most Perquimans had scored in a quarter all season.

Perquimans trailed 29-20 in the second, but was able to erase the deficit with a 12-0 run to take a 32-29 lead.

Greenbrier was able to end the run on a 3-pointer by Jackson Miller.

PQ closed out the quarter with another run that was helped by defense to take at 42-36 lead at halftime.

The Pirates held a 12-5 lead in the first, but Greenbrier Christian would rally late in the second from the offense of Inskeep.

The senior guard knocked down baskets from the outside and in the paint to fuel a Gators run.

Greenbrier Christian held a 23-16 lead after the first quarter.

The Pirates earned a win at the border clash for the second consecutive season.

Great Bridge (Va.) 60, Camden 42: The Wildcats from Chesapeake, Virginia scored the game’s first 11 points in the first quarter and held off a Camden second-half push to top the Bruins in the second game of the invitational.

Camden did not score its first basket until Jayden Walton’s and one basket with 3:03 to go in the quarter.

Camden (7-8) was in the bonus from the late stages of the first quarter through the entire second quarter.

Camden found its scoring touch in the second as Tim Aydlett and Reid Robeson were able to make baskets.

Micah Tucker’s 3-pointer capped a 9-0 run to trim the deficit to 19-14 with 2:20 in the second.

Great Bridge (5-11) led 24-19 at intermission.

The Bruins were able to ride their better scoring output from second quarter into the third as they tied the game at 27-all.

Great Bridge would pull away from that point as the Wildcats led by 18 points in the second half.

Aydlett led Camden with 18 points while Walton followed with nine points.

Woodrow Wilson (Va.) 68, Currituck 52: Currituck (7-9) lost the third game of the invitational.

Currituck struggled with the pressure defense of Woodrow Wilson (6-11) as the Knights committed multiple turnovers.

That led to easy baskets for the Presidents.

Woodrow Wilson had three players score 10 or more points in the game.

Currituck was short-handed most of the second half when guard Carmillo Burton went down with an injury in the third quarter and did not return.

Ricky Owens carried the offensive load for the Knights as he scored 28 points.

The Knights began the second quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 20-15 lead.

Owens, who was able to get the basket, led the run.

Wilson countered with a run as the Presidents connected on consecutive 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 22-21.

Woodrow Wilson would take a 29-24 lead and took a 35-31 advantage into halftime.

Currituck had a good start to the game.

The Knights jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter on 3-pointers by Owens and Burton.

Churchland (Va.) 77, Pasquotank 29: The Truckers (9-8) cruised to the win in the fourth game of the invitational.

Pasquotank (3-10) struggled with the pressure of Churchland as Truckers jumped out to a 10-1 lead and led 19-5 after the first quarter.

Pasquotank entered the 1 and 1 with 5:57 remaining in the second trailing 23-7.

The Panthers’ Jataevion Sawyer ended a scoring drought with a 3-pointer from the corner to trim the deficit to 27-10.

Churchland led 33-12 at intermission.

The Truckers did not relent on their pressure defense in the second half as Churchland led by 40 points and forced a running clock late in the third quarter.

Sawyer led Pasquotank with 12 points, while Churchland had balanced scoring as three players scored 10 or more points in the win.