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Warriors topped by host Patriots
By Ryan Decker - For The Journal
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- In the first half, Washington struggled from the 3-point line. The Patriots heated up from behind the arc in the second half, though.
Washington made four 3-pointers in the third and fourth periods and shot a perfect 4 for 4 in the fourth.
The Patriots caught fire behind the 3-point line, which helped extend their lead en route to a 58-41 win over Sherando.
"We got better looks in the second half," Washington head coach Don Bullet said. "That's because we made more passes. In the first half we weren't very patient."
Three Patriots made multiple 3-pointers in the game. Three of them came from Jerome Jones, who finished the game with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
"The last three games, he's really picked his game up," Bullet said. "He's been been getting the offensive boards, getting a lot of put-backs. And he's been shooting the ball well from the outside."
Washington was firing from 3-point range in the first quarter. After Jones made the first 3-pointer of the game, the Patriots only made one other the rest of the first period.
Maleke Jones made a 3-pointer with just over one minute left in the second quarter to give the Patriots their halftime lead of 23-20.
"We had a three-point lead at halftime," Bullet said. "In the second half, we moved the ball more and had more patience, and we got some good looks to extend the lead."
In the third period Jerome Jones nailed two more 3's helping Washington take the lead out to nine on a 12-5 run after a Sherando timeout.
Washington quickly extended its lead in the fourth period with four 3s and Sherando missing its shots.
"That fourth quarter was the big difference," Sherando head coach Garland Williams said. "They got the lead and it was tough for us to come back."
Maleke Jones added 10 points off two 3's.
Both team's struggled from the free-throw line in the game. Washington shot just 33 percent from the free-throw line.
"That's not good any night," Bullet said. "That's been a problem for us. We've to got make our foul shots."
Sherando shot 50 percent from the line which Williams said is not in their game plan.
"We're a 70 percent team [from the line]. We left some points out there and we can't do that."
Sherando's Tanner Ruths missed two free throws early in the game that could have tied the game.
In the closing seconds of the second quarter, Jerome Jones missed two free throws and he and the rest of the team also missed four shots near the basket that could've given the Patriots a five-point cushion going into the half.
Washington struggled mightily in the fourth quarter from the free-throw line. The Patriots shot just 2 of 10 in the quarter which could've extended the lead a bit further.
Washington gathered 44 rebounds and out-rebounded Sherando by almost 15 in the game.
"I thought we did a nice job on the boards," Bullet said. "We were able to rebound and get back on the other end to get easy baskets in transition."
Aaron Miller scored 16 points and had eight rebounds.
Sherando dropped to 14-7. Washington improved to 13-4.