Inside the BRD: Some fast facts on Bruton (25-1) vs. Martinsville (20-7) in state hoops semis on Saturday at ODU.


WHAT: Group 2A boys basketball tournament state semifinals.

WHEN: Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

WHERE: Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University.

AT STAKE: Winner plays the winner of the Brunswick County-Dan River semifinal for the state title on March 15 at 8:30 p.m. at the VCU Siegel Center in Richmond.

LEADING SCORERS: Martinsville – forward Cameron Turner (6-4, sr., 10.2, 9.3 rpg) and center Devonnte Holland (6-7, soph., 24.3, 16.0 rpg). Bruton – guard Marcus Carter (6-2, sr., 20.8 ppg) and guard Lonnie Swinton (5-9, sr., 18.0 ppg).

NOTEWORTHY: Bruton earned the hosts role by beating three-time reigning Brunswick County 83-65 in the 2A East Region championship game on Wednesday. It was the fast-breaking Panthers first regional championship since 1978 (Bruton won a AA state title in 2000 without winning the regional). Martinsville holds state records for the most state finals appearances (16), most state titles (13) and is tied with Brunswick for the most consecutive state tournament berths (eight, 1978-86). This year’s team likes to work the ball into post players Holland and Turner while relying on a tough 2-3 zone. Shooting has been a problem for the Bulldogs, who are coached by Jeff Adkins, a legendary outside shooting threat in leading Martinsville to multiple state titles before starting at Maryland in the 1980s.

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