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The Journal Wednesday, February 25, 2009 9 The "BlacJ & Gold" are undefeat0000:l Tidewater champions They are simply the best basket- ball program in the Tidewater-A District. None can compare to the Drifter varsitybasketball program, especially after they closed out their two-year tenure by pounding West Point and Mathews in the District tournament on Saturday night. Before a raucous pro-Drifter crowd, in the unfriendly confines of King William High School, the Drifters celebrated their victory over Mathews in center court with hardware associated with champion- ship crown. Reflecting on his team's performance, Drifter boys' varsity head coach Steve Swope said, "This was a great finish. Our team is run- ning on high octane right now--and we hope to take it up a notch when the Regions start next week [home, Wednesday] ." Tidewater District Semi-Finals CB 75- West Point 38 The Drifters jumped on the Point- ers early in the first quarter, building a 22-10 lead and then blew the game open as it progressed. Combined with fast-breaks and speed, the Drifters ran away with the game by extending their lead to 15 at halftime, 21 at the end of the third pe- riod and 37 by the end of the game. Senior, point guard and area leading scorer, TT Carey had a banner night as he scored 28 points ['12-24, 50%]. He also pulled down 10 rebounds, dished out six assists, r A a Drifter dream season! Images of the 2009 Tidewater and Regular Season Champions, Colonial Beach Drifters [above] varsity basketball team. The Drifters crushed Mathews in the District tournament champion- ship, 96-47. deflected 12 passes and produced seven steals. Junior, point-forward, Dylan Farinet added another dose of doom against the Pointers as he scored a total of 23 points. In addition, he pulled down 13 rebounds, dis- tributed seven assists, deflect- ed five passes, and stole five "This was a great finish. Our team is running on high oc- tane right now--and we hope to take it up a notch when the Regions start next week [home, Wednesday]." Steve Swope Drifters varsity boys' basketball Head Coach passes on defense. Senior, forward Jamel Dickerson also had a hot hand against the Point: ers. He scored 11 points [5-6, 83%] and produced three steals. Other Drifter stats include: Thom- as Peery - 5 points, 2 assists; Kevin Swope - 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Paul Roberson - 7 rebounds; Jeryl Dickerson- 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 deflections, 2 steals. Tidewater District Championship, at King William High School CB 96 - Mathews 47 The Drifters approached the Dis- trict championship game expecting a dog-fight, but finished the game dominating Mathews in every facet of the game-crushing Mathews into submission. The "Black & Gold" jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but saw Mathews rally back to take the lead at 7-6, early in the contest. The Mathews lead was momentary, as the Drifters regained their traditional swagger by extending their lead to 24-15 after one quarter. As the game continued, the Drifters were relentless, as they built a 48-26 halftime lead, before dismantling the Blue Devils in the second half. After the game, coach Swope complimented his team on their abil- ity to score consistently throughout the game. "This is by far the greatest margin of victory in a tournament championship, in the history of our school." Eight out of the ten man Drifter roster scored, while all 10 contrib- uted at least one rebound or more for the night. As a team, the Beach shot 47% from the field, while out- rebounding their opponents 43-34. They also distributed 27 team assists, forced a season high 50 turnovers to create a plus 40 on the floor game and scored 15 three-pointers as a team. District MVP TT Carey led the charge with 32 points [i4-25, 56%]; three over his season's average. He produced a triple-double as he ripped down 10 rebounds, deflected 14 passes, stole seven passes and issued 10 assists. District, unanimous first-team selection, Dylan Farinet added 18 points, 12 rebgunds and 10 assists for a second Drifter to produce a triple-double in the same game. He also picked up seven steals and seven deflections. Thomas Peery, Dylan Farinet and Kevin Swope all buried four 3-pointers apiece against the Blue Devil defense, that appeared to be physically and mentally drained. Jeryl Dickerson scored iour of five shots [80%] for 8 points. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Mex Gorfida added four points and four rebounds. Joe Slater nailed a three- pointer and finished with five points and two rebounds. Jamel Dickerson scored a three-pointer and produced three steals. As they prepare for more post season play and their winter 2009- 2010 schedule in the Northern Neck District, the Drifters leave a legacy of success. They finish atop the Tidewater in first place with a 12-0 undefeated record, and 2 t-3 overall. Their current win streak has been extended to 11 games. As for the Regional championship post season, the Beach has officially locked in the number one seed in Region A They will host two games at the Drifterdome this week if they survive and advance. The first Region A game is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, at home versus number eight seed Charles City, starting at 7:00 p.m. If the Drifters win, they will host the number four seeded Surly versus number five seeded Mathews winner on Friday, February 27. Ifthev con- tinue to win, they will travel to Surry County on Saturday, February 28 to phy in the Regional championship game, starting at 8:00 p.m. Come one, come allto the Drifter- dome this week to catch the red-hot Drifters put excitement in the air. Attention fans! If the Drifters win on Wednesday, there will be another white-out for Friday night's game. Wear white shirts or purchase white- out T-shifts at the game. Would you like to get a print of that great photo you saw in The Journal? Do you wonder what other photos we might have taken? Go to www.journalpress.com and click on "Photo Gallery" to see what is available. Check back later- we are continuing to add photos tothe site. Don't see the photos you are looking for? 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Throughout the season, the Challengers will play two games a week against local and Maryland area teams. Games will be played in Sealston, Barnsfield and in Maryland. The Oriole Advocates, out of Bal- timore, Maryland is huge supporter See Challenger, page 11 King George Tire 540-775-0069 Buy four new tires and mention this ad to receive a Gift Card* Motorcycle Tire Mounting and Balancing. All major brands available. While suDp ies last. Gif cards include Walmart. Outback Gander Mountain Exoires 3/31/09 #