Highland Springs Takes Down Nanesmond River
The most loyal and largest contingent of fans at the Richmond Super Slamfest belonged to Nanesmond River. However, those loud fans weren't able to pull NR through for the win.
Highland Springs got 29 points from junior Andre Ingram. His 3-pointer from the corner made it 72-68 with 1:19 remaining and gave the momentum back to his team. Highland Springs needed a shot in the arm after it had squandered a 14-point that it had accumulated at the end of three quarters.
Part of the reason for Nanesmond River's struggled center around sophomore guard Marquie Cooke. The standout found himself saddled with three fouls midway through the second quarter. He would pick up his fourth foul in the third quarter. Blessed with size and scoring tools, the crowd didn't get to see his real talents until the fourth quarter.
Cooke scored the bulk of his 21 points in the fourth quarter when he went on at least an 8-0 run by himself. He also hit all six of his free throws, most of which came down the stretch.
However, as good as Cooke was in the fourth quarter, Ingram delivered the goods for the entire game. The 6-3 junior's forte is shooting the basketball. He connected on 5-of-7 3-point attempts. He also was 10-for-11 from the line. Not a particularly fast driver, Ingram does well once he gets into the paint because he wastes little time getting his shot off.
Keith Artis was a 20-point plus scorer in this one for Nanesmond River and he carried his team until Cooke decided to take over the fourth quarter charge.
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Other scores from Slamfest:
Blue Ridge 58, Varina 50 OT Salem 64, Cave Spring 37 Roanoke Catholic 89, Patrick Henry 57 Highland Springs 75, Nanesmond River 68