Indians basketball suffers narrow losses to Laurel, Woodbridge

Date Published: 
Dec.15, 2017

Special Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Jamier Felton tries drives towards the paint against a Raider defender.Special Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Jamier Felton tries drives towards the paint against a Raider defender.Last week, Laurel High School’s Bulldogs and Woodbridge High School’s Raiders took turns narrowly beating Indian River High School’s Indians, 53-50 and 48-51, respectively in varsity boys’ basketball play.

On Dec. 5, Indians junior Jamier Felton led the team with 18 points against the Bulldogs in a game that had to be settled in overtime. On Dec. 7, Felton and Indians sophomore Ja’shaun Johnson bucketed 16 and 12 points, respectively, against the Raiders.

The week started with Laurel. At the end of the first quarter, IR had an 11-12 advantage over the Bulldogs, who trailed 19-15 at the end of two quarters. IR added 13 points to their side of the scoreboard, and Laurel added nine.

But in the final period of regulation play, IR scored eight points, while Laurel tied it 40-40 with 15 points. In overtime, IR put 10 points on their side of the scoreboard. Laurel broke the tie with 13 points in overtime, while IR earned 10 points in the same period.

Then, on Thursday, Woodbridge was first on the board as the Raiders kept a narrow lead over the Indians the entire game. At the first period’s end, IR trailed 13-8. At halftime, Woodbridge was ahead 27-19. Woodbridge would add 12 points in each of the third and fourth periods, while IR hit 11 and 18 points in the same time, trailing by just three points.

“I think in the first half we didn’t play with intensity. We were sort of sleepwalking,” said IR head coach J.B. Joseph. “But, in the second half, we played ball, and the evidence of that, I think, is we made them turn it over the last seven out of 10 times, maybe, or something like that, and got right back in it.

“We needed three,” he noted. “A couple of baskets or a couple of foul shots or something would have made the difference. If we can play with that intensity every night, we’d be fine. If we would have played with that intensity, we could have beat Laurel. You have to be ready to play every night, and you half to play that way for 32 minutes.”

This week, IR boys’ basketball was set to travel to Seaford on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and then on Friday night, they’ll host the Wildcats of Delmar High School.