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Charles City Panthers win Region A, Division 1 Basketball Championship Game over West Point

Charles City  72,  West Point  70

Boys Varsity Basketball Region A Championship Game on February 25, 2012

No players selected to the first team All District Team, No players selected to the All Region Team….no problem, Charles City won its first ever Region Championship with a thrilling 72-70 win over West Point as Avery Jones hit a jumper with 2 seconds left.  The Panthers had endeared numerous heartbreaking games this season in which they came up short, but tonight the Panthers would prevail.  The Panthers play in the state tournament for the first time in school history on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The game will be against the Luray Bulldogs at 1pm and the location will be at the college of William and Mary.

The Panthers got off to a slow start against the young but talented West Point Pointers and were down by 6 points after the 1st quarter.  The panthers battled back in the 2nd quarter.  Senior Dominique Williams scored 15 of his 20 points during the first half and the Panthers were up 38 to 37 at the half.

The Pointers were led by sophomore A.J. Allen who had a game high 24 points, including 4 three pointers.  The game was tied up at 55 going into the 4th quarter.

The Panthers were up for most of the 4th quarter, but the Pointers fought back.  With just under a minute to play, Allen regained the lead 69 to 68 after converting both of his free throw attempts.  On the next possession, the Panthers retook the lead by one point after Antonio Harris knocked down two free throws.    The Pointers were back at the line for a one and one after a reach in foul was called.  Pointers player Gabriel Lee converted the first free throw, but missed the second attempt hit as the ball hit the front of the rim and was rebounded by Williams.  The panthers pushed the ball down the court but a whistle was called on Harris for holding the ball too long without dribbling.  With 13 seconds left, The Pointers got the ball back but Panther player Terrance Banks made a quick steal on Martin Doyal.  The Panthers called a time out to set up their final play.  On the next play Jaelen Cotman made a pass to Avery Jones who took the ball and made a spin move on Allen at the top of the key. Jones then pulled up for a shot over two Pointer players near the foul line.  Jones’ one handed soft shot went in with 2 seconds left.  West Point called a quick time out.  The Pointers passed the ball all the way down the court to get a last second shot off, but Doyal’s attempt was forced to go too high as Panther Ryan Jones was able to defend the ball well.  The game clock expired and the Panthers would took take home their first Regional Basketball Championship Trophy with a final score of 72-70.

West Point was led by sophomores, AJ Allen and Jeffery Geurrant and will play Amelia County in the state tournament on Friday at the VCU Siegel Center.

Senior point guard Dominique Williams was selected as the tournament MVP after scoring a total of 63 points, including six three pointers and collecting over 20 rebounds in 3 games of the regional tournament.  Fellow senior guard, Terrance Banks scored 37 points, including 5 three pointers during 3 games. Junior Avery Jones scored 33 points to go along with numerous blocks and rebounds during the tournament.  Sophomore Antonio Harris led all scorers with 64 points.

Charles City will play the Luray Bulldgos who were in the state tournament last year before losing to eventual champion Galax.

Final Championship Game Stats

WEST POINT (10-14) — Allen 24, Guerrant 14, Doyal 4, Lee 9, Caleb Hatcher 5, Stephen Taylor 8, Neil Washington 0, Jermaine Taylor 0, Seth Hatcher 6.

Totals 25 15-27 70.

CHARLES CITY (14-8) — D. Williams 20, Banks 10, Jovan Howard 2, Cotman 0, Harris 22, R. Jones 4, Mortiz Kleist 0, Daron Jones 0, A. Jones 13, Trae Kelly 1.

Totals 27 14-29 72.

W. Point 25 12 18 15 70
Charles City 19 19 17 17 72

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