The varsity boys basketball team returned to the court on Saturday night for the first time in 2019 as they took on the Tabb High School Tigers.
The Trojans had a busy schedule over Christmas break as they went a combined 3-3 in their two tournaments with wins against Hampton Christian, Veritas Collegiate, and Benedictine, and losses to Peninsula Catholic, Mount St. Joseph (MD), and Trinity Episcopal. The Trojans entered play on Saturday with a 10-4 record and looked to pick up one more win before heading into TCIS play.
The Trojans came out fired up and played with a renewed energy from the start. The Trojans outshot their opponent 50 percent to 21 percent in the opening quarter and forced seven turnovers to open up a 25-9 lead after the first frame. The Trojans never looked back from there as their lead continued to grow and they never led by less than 13 points for the rest of the game. When the final buzzer sounded, the Trojans prevailed with an 80-57 victory.
Marcus Banks '21 led the Trojans offensively with 32 points on a very efficient 12 for 18 shooting performance. Sam Jones '19 played an outstanding game, finishing with 23 points while adding 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals. Jaylin Stewart '19 had 14 points and 7 rebounds and Braden Exton '19 scored 3 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. Also scoring for the Trojans were Henry Kalnius '21 (4 points), Paul Williams '22 (4), and Lincoln Lubsen '21 (2).
Sam Jones reached a milestone in the second quarter as a free throw gave him his 16th point of the game and his 1,000 point as a Walsingham Trojan. Sam has been a crucial member of the Trojans' team for the last four seasons and despite his ability to get the ball in the basket, his scoring has always been secondary to his contributions as a rebounder and causing steals and deflections on the defensive end. He was named first-team All-TCIS last year and his hard work, determination, and consistency has helped him reach this impressive milestone.
The Trojans are now 11-4 on the season and will begin conference play on Tuesday, Jan. 8, as they host Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Last season, the Trojans went 9-0 in the TCIS for the first time in school history and they will hope to continue that winning streak as well as defend their 22-game home winning streak that dates back to 2017. NSA is currently 9-2 on the year and will present a tough challenge for the Trojans.
Come out and support the Trojans as the varsity boys will cap off a triple-header at 7 p.m. after the JV boys (4:00) and varsity girls (5:30).