HAMPTON — On what everyone knew would be his record-breaking night, Hampton's Anthony Barber was in a groove with 11 points early in the second quarter. At that rate, Tony Rutland's Peninsula District scoring mark would be history by halftime.
Then came Barber's third foul, which forced him to the bench for the final 5:35 of the first half. His rhythm disappeared, and the record was still Rutland's going into the final eight minutes.
Barber didn't rediscover his stroke, but he ended up with more than enough for the record. Barber's 20 points move his career total to 1,981, five more than he needed, and the second-seeded Crabbers handled No. 7 Menchville 62-40 in Tuesday's PD quarterfinals.
Barber tied Rutland on a drive with 7:07 remaining in the game. Then, with 5:02 left, he was fouled going to the goal. His first free throw put him over, though few in the stands seemed to know. After his second, Hampton called a timeout and Barber's record was announced over the PA system.
"It feels good," Barber said. "Tony Rutland was a good player and I just came out and played hard and got up there the way he did. I never knew he had it, and I don't think he knew. But I heard he wanted me to get the record, so I was striving to get it and win the game, too."
For Hampton coach Walter Brower, who coached against Rutland's Bethel team in the 1990s, it was a proud moment in his career.
"You get a player of that caliber once in a blue moon," he said of Barber. "He's a fine young man and he deserves it."
In clinching their fifth straight appearance in the Eastern Region tournament, the Crabbers (19-5) led 18-4 after making seven of their first 11 shots, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point arc. Menchville missed six of its first eight shots and had four turnovers in the first quarter.
Barber began the second period with a 3-pointer from the left corner that made it 21-4 and gave him 11 points. Then came his third foul, which came on the offensive end and benched him for the rest of the half.
Having won both regular-season games by a combined 47 points, Hampton was the obvious favorite. But in the PD tournament, it's the quarterfinal round that has the win-or-else pressure.
"We told them before the game, this is the big one," Brower said. "This is the most important one. And we came out with intensity on defense."
Hampton, which clinched a spot in the Eastern Region tournament, will play No. 3 Phoebus in the second semifinal game on Thursday night.
HAMPTON 62, MENCHVILLE 40
MENCHVILLE (8-14): Cooper 2, Burton 2, McLean-Burrell 9, Washington 6, Anderson 3, Hinson 8, Knight 6, Lake 4. Totals: 16 7-13 40.
HAMPTON (19-5): Baker 16, Moore 2, Barber 20, Sapp 3, Addison 2, Pressly 1, Perry 10, Royal 7, Benford 1. Totals: 23 10-18 62.
3-pointers: Menchville 1 (Anderson 1), Hampton 6 (Baker 2, Barber 2, Sapp 1, Perry 1).
Hampton girls 63, Phoebus 30
It took the third-seeded Crabbers until the fourth quarter to finally put this one away, but they advanced to the semifinals with a 33-point win.
Hampton (15-7) will go against No. 2 Kecoughtan in Wednesday's semifinals.
The Crabbers never trailed and jumped out to a 17-2 lead midway through the first quarter. But Phoebus (11-9) kept hanging around and cut the margin to 23-11 at halftime.
Briana Edwards' two free throws trimmed Hampton's lead to 34-25 less than a minute into the third quarter. It was an 11-point game heading into the fourth quarter, but the Crabbers outscored the Phantoms 29-7 from there.
Normally shaky from the free-throw line, Hampton shot 27-of-35, including 18-of-22 in the fourth quarter. Dara Pearson went 7-of-10 and finished with 21 points.
PHOEBUS (11-9): Bowens 11, Edwards 11, Balmer-Brown 8. Totals: 11 7-14 30.
HAMPTON (15-7): Smith 3, Caldwell 8, Bell 6, Moore 1, Berger 11, Pearson 21, Sayle 13. Totals: 18 27-35 63.
3-pointers: Phoebus 1 (Bowens).
No. 3 Phoebus boys 66, No. 6 Bethel 45
Joshua Davis led the Phantoms with 18 points, followed by James Daniel with 14. But it was Jamar Belches, who sank three 3-pointers from the wing in the fourth quarter and had 11 points, who led Phoebus to its quarterfinal win against Bethel at Kecoughtan.
"That's his (Belches) job on the team, to knock down open shots," said Phoebus coach James Daniel Jr. "But we believe in him and I told the boys we will believe in you if you believe in yourself. He did his job and we're proud of him."
Karlus Grant led Bethel with 15 points, followed by Joshua Frederick with nine and Rakeen Brown with eight.
No. 2 Kecoughtan girls 61, No. 7 Gloucester 26
The host Warriors not only clinched a regional berth, but they also set a school record for victories, according to Kecoughtan coach Kevin Williams.
Kecoughtan earned its 20th victory, breaking a record of 19 set in 1980, Williams said — citing a coach connected with the team 33 years ago who approached him after the Warriors beat the Dukes.
Alexsis Grate scored 13 points and Brittany Townes and Kayla Clifton each had 11 for the Warriors.
Jessica Jones led Gloucester with seven points in a game in which 31 first-half fouls were whistled.
GLOUCESTER: Bowman 2, Keasia Payne 5, Johnston 1, Jones 7, Land 1, Pratt 4, Khadijah Payne 6. Totals 6 14-27 26.
KECOUGHTAN: Richardson 3, Wilson 1, Batten 8, Grate 13, Braxton 2, Jones 1, Townes 11, Thompson 2, Romero 7, Clifton 11, Blowe 2. Totals 23 15-45 61.
Gloucester 5, 8, 8, 5 -- 26
Kecoughtan 16, 15, 18, 12 – 61
— Olivia Lewis contributed to this report.