- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 17:29
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The Drifters fortunes went in different directions last week. After running a textbook clinic on host and Tidewater District power King William last week, the Beach narrowly lost to archrival King George in a classic thriller by one point at the buzzer. Before the holiday break, Colonial Beach defeated King George on their home floor. Last season, the results were the same when the Foxes and Drifters split victories on the opponent’s home court.
“Our team is coming together nicely—we played our best fundamental game of the year against King William, and then played our guts out in a 32-minute war over at King George,” said Drifter head coach Steve Swope. “We have a couple of kids [TT Carey and Dylan Farinet] playing as well as any kids at the single-A level in the entire state. Our role players are feeding off them and the total scheme is coming together.”
Drifter 67 – King William 48
The Drifters and Cavaliers both came into game undefeated, with first place at stake for the victor. The Beach used a fast start to take the Cavaliers out of their game early, making them focus on playing catch-up ball for the remainder of the night.
Five Drifters scored in the opening period to help set the tone and push the Drifter lead to `18-6. The same intensity on both ends of the court allowed the Beach to blitz their Tidewater rivals again in the second quarter—taking a commanding 38-13 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Drifters withstood a Cavalier 25-11 run, to cut the Drifter deficit to 12 points late in the fourth quarter. Towards the end, free throws and solid time management spelled victory for the Drifters.
TT Carey led the Drifters with 21-points [9-18], seven rebounds, six assists, 13 deflections, one blocked shot, one defensive charge taken, and 10 steals.
Dylan Farinet combined 19 points on seven of 15 shooting [46%], nice rebounds, 11 assists, seven deflections, and five steals.
Other Drifter stats: Kevin Swope – 3 three-pointers totaling nine points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals, and 11 deflections; Jamel Dickerson – seven points [3-5], three rebounds; Thomas Peery – five points including a 3-pointser; Paul Roberson – seven rebounds, solid defense; Thomas Hayward – seven rebounds, solid defense; Alex Gorfida – two points; Jeremy Robinson – two points.
Foxes 70 – Drifters 69
The stage was set for the big grudge re-match game between the Drifters and the Foxes with the gym chocked full.
The Foxes used physical pressure defense to slow the Drifters fast break down to take a 35 – 28 lead into halftime. The Foxes four 3-pointers and crashed the offensive glass to keep the Beach within arm’s length.
The second half was a different story as the Drifters finally applied their game plan of driving the ball to the basket. Carey and Farinet constantly broke down the Foxes defenders as the talented duo scored 39 of their team’s second half points for a courageous comeback.
The Drifters went on a 19-1 run throughout the third quarter, taking a 50-43 lead into the money quarter. The Foxes rallied back to answer the bell with a 8-0 run, keeping the game and fans on edge the rest of the way.
The game came down to the last possession, after Carey scored a stick-back, giving the Drifters a 69-67 lead with 14 seconds to play. After missing a shot, the Foxes were rescued with a foul, sending Antwane Lewis to the foul line. Lewis made one out of two shots, but the Foxes got the ball back on a turnover with 3.4 seconds left. Lewis subsequently drove through the Drifters defense with a off-balance score at the buzzer.
Drifter stats: TT Carey – 33 points [12-21, 57%], 11 rebounds, 15 deflections, three blocked shots, defensive charge taken, five steals. Carey is one of the most sought after players in Virginia. Currently he is being recruited by Christopher Newport, Virginia Wesleyan College, Towson University, Radford University, and the University of Mary Washington.
Farinet also had a big night, making seven of 12 shots from the field, 10 of 14 from the foul line, scoring 24 points. He also hauled in seven rebounds, two assists, eight passes and two steals.
Other Drifter stats: Kevin Swope – eight points, two 3-pointers; Paul Roberson – eight rebounds, solid defense; Thomas Hayward – four points.
The Drifters are now 4-0 in the Tidewater District and 10-3 overall as they head towards exam week. The Beach will resume action on the Friday, January 23 when they travel to King & Queen for another crucial District contest. Follow the Drifters as they head into the second half of the season!
King George and Colonial Beach restored an age old rivalry last week when they defeated Colonial Beach 70-69. The Drifters defeated King George on their home court earlier in the season.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 19:20
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The Drifters varsity basketball team [9-2, 3-0] produced a three-win week last week, as they maneuvered through the Tidewater district, while winning a non-district game at home. The Beach rolled over opponents with an average of 14 points per game. Using a half-court zone defense and role players coming off the bench, the Drifters are now beginning to assert themselves. “We battled hard this past week—we are starting to see some productivity from more guys on our roster—and we are slowly embarking on the team toughness it takes to win big road games” Drifters boys varsity head coach Steve Swope said.
CB 51 – Middlesex 43
The Beach opened the game slowly as they fell behind 13-3 in the first quarter. After making some adjustments in defense, the Drifters rallied to take control of the game. Drifter point guard, T.T. Carey took over the second quarter by scoring 12 of his game high 22 points in the second quarter. Carey would later finish the game by scoring eight additional points in the third quarter; giving the Drifters a 42-36 lead. Carey had a banner day as he pulled down 12 rebounds, deflected 11 passes, one blocked shot and four steals.
Drifter stats: Dylan Farinet – 16 points [6-7], 6-7 free throws, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, deflected 11 passes, three blocked shots and produced four steals; Kevin “K-Dog” Swope – 11 points, 3 three-pointers, 8 deflections, 2 steals; Thomas Perry: solid defense.
CB 62 – Essex 55
The crowd got their money’s worth when Region A powers, Drifters and Eagles battled for court supremacy last week. Drifters pounded the Trojans with a 21-13 lead in first quarter. Thanks to their six foot five foward, John Dille, the Trojans cut the lead to 34-28 at the half.
In the second half the Drifter guard Thomas Peery gave the crowd a show as he held the Trojan Division I prospect scoreless. Peery would later finish the game with 2 three-pointers. With college scouts watching, Farinet and Carey gave the Trojans fits with an abundance of court heroics. Carey dazzled the crowd with four steals that turned into dunks. He later finished with 23 points, including 8 field goals, 7-11 from the foul line, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 9 deflections and at total of 5 steals.
Farinet matched Carey’s court prowess with 23 total points, 43% shooting from the field, 4 of 5 from the free throw line, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 11 deflections, and six steals.
Other Drifter stats included: Jamel Dickerson, 4 points, solid defense; K-Dog Swope, three-pointer; Jeremy Robinson, three-pointer.
CB 89 – Matthews 63
The Blue Devils came into the Drifterdome last week hungry for a win, but would soon receive a rude awakening. After a battling the Drifters to a 16-16 to end the first quarter, the Beach lit up the scoreboard by outscoring the Blue Devils 73-47 in the final three quarters.
Drifter stats: TT Carey, 28 points [13-22]; 2 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 14 deflections, 4 steals; Dylan Farinet, 18 points, 1 three-pointer, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 deflections, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals; Thomas Peery, 14 points, 2 three-pointers; Thomas Hayward, 8 points, 4 rebounds, solid low post defense; K-Dog Swope, 9 points, 1 three-pointers, two assists, 2 deflections; Jeremy Robinson, 4 points, 4 steals; Joe Slater, 2 points; Travis Cundiff, solid defense; Ken Devers, solid defense; Alex Gorfida, solid defense.
Results of the King William versus Colonial Beach game were not available due to press deadlines. The Drifters will also travel to play to play arch-rival King George on Thursday, January 15. The Drifters will return home to face Middlesex on Tuesday, January 27.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2008 19:42
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The Drifter machine never stops churning! Thanks to the ongoing efforts of long-time Drifter junior varsity head coach Randy Jones, the boys’ varsity basketball program at Colonial Beach High School will continue to reap the rewards of a polished feeder system.
While winning is important, the aspect that Jones has focused on during his tenure with the Drifters is the development of competitive players who will one day bring another championship banner to the “Black & Gold.” “After another year or two the underclassmen will, the necessary experience and gel together so that they will qualify for the varsity level,” coach Jones said.
A potential Drifter star that will be added to the varsity roster next year is forward Randy Ruczynski. Ruczynski is the Drifter junior varsity’s top scorer. “He is taking on a leadership role to help the Drifters in every area that we need,” Jones said. “He is one of our better offensive players—we look to him for a lot of our scoring, especially when teams try to press us.”
Presently the Drifters starting five are: Mike Phillips [center]; Randy Ruczynski [small forward]; Brandon Robey [power forward]; Kiante Dickerson [point guard]; Josh Sanford [shooting guard].
Since moving to Tidewater-A conference competition has risen to the next level. So far this season the Drifters junior varsity is still searching for their first win; their depth squad continues to get valuable experience learning all aspects of the Drifters patented pressure and two-on-three defense. “One through 15, they are all interchangeable,” Jones said. “At any time we can go to any player on the roster and the drop really isn’t a lot.”
As a rite of passage for potential Drifter basketball players must pass through the Colonial Beach Youth Basketball League, and the Colonial Beach Junior High School basketball program before ascending to the ranks of the junior varsity and varsity basketball programs.
Two years ago, the Drifters came within one point of winning the Delaney Athletic Conference junior varsity championship. Notable members from that team that went on to achieve fame in other Drifter sports were Chad Inscoe, Will Trivett and Nick Peterson.
The Drifters return to action on January 2, 2009 when they host double-A giant Chancellor.
Colonial Beach 2008-2009 boys’ junior varsity basketball roster: #1 Derrick Turner; #2 Josh Sanford; #3 Timmy Jackson; #4 Ethan Harbin; #Sidney Horton; #10 Kiante Dickerson; #20 Michael Jackson; #22 Brandon Robey; #23 Dion Gonzalez; #30 Randy Ruczynski; #32 Travis Irvine; #33 Josh Thomas; #44 Tim McDowney; #52 Andrew Seaman; #54 Mikey Phillips.
Leonard M. Banks, Sports Editor
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:09
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Although the Drifters varsity basketball team opened their regular 2008-2009 season with a one-point lost to Lancaster, they regrouped and returned home with a win over Ameila County. With the goal of avenging their one-point loss to Lancaster, the Drifters suffered the same fate that occurred in their last game. The same last second shot that came off the basketball rim last year, took the same journey to come back out this year, giving the Red Devils reason to celebrate. True to form, the Drifters regained their traditional winning swagger and defeated Amelia at the Drifterdome.
Head coach Steve Swope realizes that the loss could be an inspiration for his team to stay focused as the season progresses. “It was a heartbreaker to lose on the same shot at the buzzer two years in a row,” coach Swope said. “The good part about this year’s déjà vu is our ability to play well the next night and beat a quick Amelia team.”
Lancaster 62 – Colonial Beach 61
Last year the Drifters lost 57-56 after a buzzer beater shot by TT Carey came off the back of the basketball rim. Unfortunately, the shot fate happened again, only this time it was Dylan Farinet’s shot that came out of the basket.
Carey led the way for the Beach as the talented playmaker finished with a team hight 29 points. He was 9-16 from the field [56%]. In addition, Carey scored 9 out 10 foul shots and pulled down 11 rebounds. He dished out four assists, deflected 11 passes and produced five steals defensively. He also scored two 3-pointers and consistently penetrated the Red Devil defense as he drove towards the basket.
Senior shooting guard Kevin “K-Dog” Swope opened the season on fire, as he scored six 3-pointers. K-Dog scored eight of 15 shots [53%] from the field. He also deflected six passes and picked up five steals defensively.
As a team, the Drifters were rusty, shooting 36% from the field, while being out-rebounded by nine, 40-31.
Colonial Beach 82 – Amelia County 65
The host Beach bursts through the tunnel, ambushing Amelia 20-8 with a first quarter explosion. The Drifters shot 54% from the field, making 56 of 67 shots, including five 3-pointers. They also crashed the boards by out-rebounding their bigger opponents, 52-37—and forced them into 35 turnovers.
Carey continued this offensive early season explosion by another 29 point output. He came close to a triple double again, as he ripped down 10 rebounds, dished out six assists, deflected 12 passes and stole eight passes on defense. Carey scored one 3-pointers and torched Amelia’s pressure defense by consistently driving to the rim.
Junior, point-forward Dylan Farinet busted loose in this game with 18 points on eight of eleven [73%] shooting from the floor. He also hauled in 12 rebounds, issued six assists, deflected seven passes, blocked one shot, and finished the night with four steals.
K-Dog nailed a 3-pointer, totaling five points, gathered five rebounds, and handed out six assists.
Junior, power forward Paul Roberson produced one of his best games with eight points on three of four shooting, pulled down five rebounds, deflected nine passes, blocked a shot and had a solid defensive game all nigh in the post area against Amelia’s defense.
Junior, forward Travis Cundiff came in and provided a spark with nine points, making four of seven shots, including a 3-pointer.
Thomas Perry scored a 3-pointer, as he totaled five points for the game. He also contributed three rebounds and two steals. Perry’s teammate Jamel Dickerson added four points, five rebounds and two steals. Thomas Haywood and Alex Gorfida each scored a basket to complete the Drifter victory.
After their Monday win over archrival King George, the Drifters are 2-1 overall. The “Black & Gold” will travel to Amelia on Thursday, December 18. The Drifters will host Tidewater District rival West Point on Friday, December 19.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 17:49
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In preparation for the 2008-2009 season, the “Black & Gold,” also known as the Drifter varsity basketball team is back and ready for action! They shifted into fourth gear last week as they notched two head-to-head scrimmages under their belts.
The Drifters will open the season this Tuesday, December 9 on the road against Lancaster and on Thursday, December 11, they will battle Amelia County in their home opener.
The Drifters first scrimmage was against four-A high school Great Mills. Great Mills is located in Southern Maryland. Great Mills outscored the Drifters 60-46 for the overall scrimmage, winning four out of six quarters.
The Drifters next game was against another big school, in the form of Battlefield District double-A James Monroe. The Yellow Jackets won five out of six quarters, with a overall score of 77-44.
Junior guard Dylan Farinet played consistently well for the Black & Gold. The talented playmaker hasn’t lost a beat, as he distributed the ball well, with a balance of sound defense and aggressive rebounding. Farinet scored in double digits during both scrimmages.
Senior guard Kevin “K-Dog” Swope nailed four three-pointers versus James Monroe, as he finished with 14 points.
Jeremy Robinson hustled and picked up some big baskets in both scrimmages. Travis Cundiff scrapped and played hard nose defense, while chipping in a couple of buckets in each scrimmage. Kenny Devers, Paul Roberson and Joe Slater rebounded well and provided sound defense in the post area against bigger post players.
Confident that his team will regain their familiar championship swagger as the season unfolds, head coach Steve Swope said, “We didn’t particularly shoot well in either scrimmage, but that will take care of itself in due time. The effort, hustle and high energy were there; however, we need to rep after rep handling it, defending it and shooting it.”
Come open the “Dome” in style on Thursday, December 11, when your Colonial Beach Drifters rock the rafters.