Streaks fall short to Handley at Rock the Ribbon tournament

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Friday Jan. 11, the boys varsity basketball team traveled to Rockbridge in order to play in the Rock the Ribbon basketball tournament, a tournament raising funds to fight cancer. The streaks faced John Handley High School in their first game.

Following the initial tip off, the streaks were the first to put points on the board. Within the first minute, the Streaks were up by two. Their lead continued to grow as senior Josh Lichti scored, bringing the score to 4-1. The streaks continued to hustle on defense as senior Christian Velker stole the ball away from Handley, putting the ball in the possession of the Streaks. Following Velker’s steal, junior D’shawn Fields put up two more points bringing the Streaks lead to five. However, Handley stepped up their offense, taking the lead and finishing off the first quarter with a lead of two.

Starting off the second quarter, Handley wasted no time. Within the the first three minutes of the second quarter, Handley had managed to increase their lead by nine, the score coming to 17-8. The streaks never managed to bounce back, ending the first half with a score of 21-12, Handley leading.

As the third quarter approached, the outcome of the game seemed to be in Handley’s favor; however, the Streaks began to prove they could play just as hard. Within the first minute, the Streaks reduced Handley’s lead to four. After a small Handley scoring spree, junior Tre Butler hit two three pointers and a free throw, ending the third quarter, Handley up by four.

In the fourth quarter, both teams were putting up points. Handley managed to keep the lead, but the streaks were creeping their way up there. With two minutes left, the Streaks were only down by two points. Unfortunately, the Streaks weren’t able to bounce back like the fans in the crowd hoped they would. By the end of the game, Handley had increased their lead to seven, ending the game with a score of 51-44 with Handley taking the upper hand.

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