Menchville, Warwick boys fall in 5A South quarterfinals

VIRGINIA BEACH — Defense wins championships, or so they say. But eventually, even with enough stops, you have to put the ball in the hoop.

Menchville was solid on the defensive end, particularly in the second half, and dominant under the glass. But the Monarchs couldn't throw the ball in the Atlantic Ocean, and that's what cost them a 50-43 loss to Green Run in the Group 5A South quarterfinals at Kellam High.

"Not many fell," Menchville coach Dennis Koutoufas said. "Maybe we're tired. In the past two weeks, we've had five bus rides of an hour-plus. That's the way it goes. The shots fall and we're in great shape. They fell against Hampton (in the PenSouth semifinals) and we won.

"But Green Run played as good a defense as we've seen all year. We didn't get any ultra-clean shots like we normally do. The shots we got just didn't fall. We were patient; the shots just didn't fall. What more can you say?"

The Monarchs (18-6) shot 32 percent from the floor, 3-of-14 from the 3-point arc, and only got to the free-throw line seven times. The result was Menchville's second-lowest point total of the season (the lowest was a 42-24 win over Phoebus).

Green Run (22-4), playing in its own city, grabbed control early and led 26-15 with a minute left in the half. Richard Washington gave the Monarchs a boost with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Stallions apparently weren't deflated any.

Demitri Wilson's dunk with 6:48 left in the game gave Green Run its biggest lead at 42-27. Menchville was able to cut the lead to seven four times but got no further.

"I thought we had a legitimate shot to start the fourth quarter," Koutoufas said. "But we had a couple of turnovers to start, and now it's really tough to get back."

Maury 69, Warwick 53

If only Raiders coach Willie Gause could throw out the first quarter — and if he could, he surely would — things might have turned out different. For the final three quarters, Warwick played Maury even.

That first quarter, however, was a mess. Commodores freshman Matt Coleman scored 13 points in the first seven minutes as his team took a 19-6 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter. It was 25-8 at the end of the period and 35-14 with 3 minutes left in the first half.

Warwick (13-12) had spotted a very good team a pretty comfortable lead.

"Maury's a great team with a legendary coach in Coach (Jack) Baker, who I really admire and respect," Gause said. "We came out a little flat, and you can't do that against a great team."

The Raiders did climb back. Glenn Travers' layup off an inbounds pass cut the Commodores' lead to 51-43 with 7:15 remaining. But though it outscored Maury 45-44 in the final three quarters, Warwick had dug too deep a hole.

"I think sometimes when you're not used to being in this situation, you don't know the intensity it takes to play at this level," Gause said. "It might have been a little shock. But I called a timeout and I just challenged them to play our way.

"All year long, we've fought. And I just told them to fight their way out."


GREEN RUN (22-4): Wilson 7, Gordon 3, Blount 15, Carrington 4, Williams 2, James 9, Martin 10. Totals: 20 7-13 50.

MENCHVILLE (17-7): Hewett 6, Washington 8, Hinson 18, Clary 3, Lake 6, Murphy 2. Totals: 18 4-7 43.

Green Run;15;11;9;15—50


3-pointers: Green Run 3 (Wilson 1, Gordon 1, Blount 1), Menchville 3 (Hinson 2, Washington 1).


WARWICK (13-12): Taylor 9, Green 11, Travers 14, Crawford 4, Freeman 12, Clemons 3. Totals: 21 8-12 53.

MAURY (23-2): Coleman 18, Reed 10, A. Williams 13, Basnight 2, Ferguson 6, Young 2, Buchanan 4, Draughan 12, J. Williams 2. Totals: 31 6-15 69.



3-pointers: Warwick 3 (Taylor 1, Travers 2), Maury 1 (Coleman 1).

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