On a cold and blustery Friday night in February, the Hatteras Hurricanes blew into town. On the previous meeting down in Hatteras, it was a hard fought, ugly game, where the Redskins were able to pull away at the end, to win 51-40. The Redskins were determined to showcase their vast improvement since then and end their season with a convincing win over the Hurricanes.
The Redskins were able to score first and set up in their diamond and one full court press. The Hurricanes did a good job of taking the ball out quickly, not allowing Manteo to be fully set up in their press. Throughout the first half, Manteo would switch back and forth between full court and three-quarter court presses, forcing some turnovers, but mostly they made defensive stops in their half-court zone and finished it off with the rebound. The Redskins would hold the Hurricanes to just 19 points in the first half while posting 40 of their own. Sophomore Erik Bailey led the way scoring as he heated up from beyond the arc, knocking down five threes throughout the game. Freshman Darren Saunders also got hot during the 2nd quarter, knocking down three three-pointers to extend Manteo’s lead. Seniors Chandler France and Shumure Flowers led the charge on the boards throughout the first half, ensuring defensive stops, and second shot opportunities on the offensive end.
Manteo was able to extend their lead in the second half to thirty points at one time, allowing them to drop back into just their half-court zone. Hatteras put forth a worthy effort, but in the end, Manteo would win 71-45.
Freshman James Gilreath posted his first double-double in just his third varsity game, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Chandler France left it all on the court for his last game, posting 8 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 1 steal. Senior Shumure Flowers also put forth a great last game posting 5 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block.
Coach Cleaver was quoted after the game stating, ” We are excited to end with a big win, and we will miss our two senior leaders for next year. However, the young players on this team have grown tremendously this season, showing great promise, and we look forward to the start of next season. Until them, we will be in the gym and the weight room working hard to better ourselves and the team.”