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Boys basketball report: Maury, Grafton get big victories as the regular season winds down

The Maury Commodores won their seventh game in a row last week with a 37-35 victory over Norview in an Eastern District showdown.

Coach Brandon Plummer said the victory was huge as the Commodores overcame adversity throughout the game.

“The win was a good confidence-booster for many of my guys individually,” he said. “The will to win, determination and staying together was displayed and I know that can take us deep, but still need more production.”

The team’s recent success has been because of balance.

“Honestly, there’s been no one or two key players,” Plummer said. “We’ve just found a way to pull together as a unit to complete the task at hand, and that’s getting the W. Nothing else matters, No stats, no minutes, just play to win.”

One key addition has been the return of 6-foot-8 forward Tyler Bell, who returned from an injury.

“TB has been impactful for us because it helps establish some sort of inside presence, which helps open up more opportunities for our guard play,” Plummer said. “He’s been a great defender for us inside and checking other opponents’ better forwards on the perimeter. With him averaging close to double-double games since healing, (it) improves our team tremendously.”

The eighth-ranked Commodores will try to continue winning when they play No. 7 Landstown on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the 15th Annual VirginiaPreps.com Basketball Classic at Green Run High.

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Grafton looks to turn season around in Bay Rivers District

It’s been an interesting season in the Bay Rivers District as several teams have battled for the top spot.

But it looks like Grafton has taken hold of the district after the Clippers beat Bruton 61-60 in overtime Friday.

Grafton coach Jeremy Jordan said the victory was big because the Clippers (12-2) were without two starters. Aaron Waddy was sick and Chase Santiago has been out since Jan. 3 because of a quad injury.

“It then forced other guys to step up and play larger roles,” Jordan said. “Bruton is a tough place to win, and they have been playing well this year. To find a way to win on the road and pull out another close victory in OT fashion, showed the grittiness of our guys.”

The Clippers, who are in Class 3 Region A, hope to keep it going as the postseason nears.

“The next game is the most important one as we are trying to not only have a chance to win the regular-season Bay Rivers title,” he said, “but we are also chasing a high seed in the region tournament.”

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Big games this week

The second session of the 15th Annual VirginiaPreps.com Basketball Classic is Saturday at Green Run High in Virginia Beach.

The schedule: Kecoughtan vs. West Springfield, 3 p.m.; No. 3 King’s Fork vs. West Potomac, 5 p.m.; No. 14 Green Run vs. Varina, 6:30 p.m.; No. 7 Landstown vs. No. 8 Maury, 8 p.m.

Other big games this week:

Tuesday — No. 11 Catholic at No. 6 Norfolk Collegiate, 7 p.m.

Saturday — No. 2 Lake Taylor vs. No. 5 Oscar Smith at Norview High, 6:30 p.m.

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Scoring standouts

• Peninsula Catholic’s EJ Joyner scored a school-record 40 points to help the Knights beat Hampton Roads Academy.

• Princess Anne’s Devin Askew had 30 points, six assists, six steals and five rebounds in a win over Cox.

• King’s Fork’s Adarius Boston had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs beat Deep Creek.

• Catholic’s Ashton Walker scored 27 points to lead the Crusaders over Norfolk Academy.

• Lake Taylor’s Elijah Washington had 14 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks to lead the second-ranked Titans over No. 10 Norview.

Larry Rubama, 757-575-6449, larry.rubama@pilotonline.com