They say that all great things must come to an end, and in the case of Trojan Basketball, it is the end of the Billy Barnes era. After 29 years and over 500 victories the program is faced with the task of building on the Barnes legacy. “We have our work cut out for us,” said Athletic Director and new head coach Neil Bailey. “We just hope that we can make out school and community proud.”
After a 4-1 start this year’s team is showing that it might be up to the task. Returning three-year starter, Paul Williams, is asserting himself in the new season. He and his teammate, newcomer Bryce Watlington, were both named to the All-Tournament team of the Walsingham Thanksgiving Invitational in which the Trojans opened with 68-31 win over Summit. Watlington scored 28 points in his Trojan debut including a monstrous slam on his first touch of the ball. Watlington also added seven rebounds and five assists as the Trojans dominated throughout. Williams and fellow senior Trey Christman were strong inside netting 16 points each for Walsingham.
In the Invitational Championship game Walsingham was hoping to avenge last season’s 43 point loss to rival Peninsula Catholic. In a back in forth game, PC pulled out a 61-60 victory. Watlington scored 20 points while Williams finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Christman finished with 12 points and nine rebounds and Cooper Bailey added 11 points and nine assists.
The Trojans ended November with a hard-fought win at Hampton Christian 60-53. Williams was dominate in this game finishing with 18 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks. Watlington added 22 points and six rebounds. After a 71-45 win at Portsmouth Christian in which Watlington scored 26 points with 12 rebounds, the Trojans returned home Saturday night to take on cross-town rivals Williamsburg Christian Academy. Walsingham put the game away early, racing out to a 19-4 lead early and holding WCA to only 12 points in the first half. Despite missing Williams for much of the game, Walsingham managed to outrebound WCA 63-27 with Christman leading the way with 20 points and an impressive 21 rebounds.
Despite the strong start, Coach Bailey knows there is still work to be done. “We will be facing some very tough competition in the next few weeks, and we will have to continue to work hard to improve. I am proud of how hard the boys have worked and have hope that this could be a special team.”
Varsity boys’ basketball will play Veritas School of Richmond at home tonight, December 6th at 7:00pm. On Friday, December 9th, the Trojans will face TCIS opponent Norfolk Christian down in Norfolk. Come out tonight to cheer on the Trojans!