R-MA boys dominant in season opener

FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy got the start it was looking for in its season opener Thursday.

The Yellow Jackets blitzed Wakefield Country Day with a full-court press and cruised to a 58-17 boys basketball victory.

“I was impressed. We did well in our full-court press,” R-MA coach Clay Clinedinst said. “I was happy with how they talked to each other.”

The Yellow Jackets scored the first 13 points of the game, making five of their first six shots. R-MA senior point guard Daniel Vincent drained a 3-pointer to start the game, and a quick turnover led to an easy basket by Peter Blair. It was a sign of things to come in the game.

Wakefield Country Day’s Chris O’Heir hit a 3-pointer to get the Owls on the board, but the Yellow Jackets answered with a 17-0 run.

Blair had nine points in the opening period, while Vincent and Paul Miller each had seven.

The 6-foot-5 Miller was able to control things inside the paint, and finished with 11 points in the game.

“He’s going to be key for us this year,” Clinedinst said of Miller. “Getting rebounds and sticking the ball back up inside.”

Miller played last year with center Carson Holder, who graduated in June. This year he has another teammate to form a Twin Tower combo with — 6-foot-2 DiKun “Tommy” Yu.

“Me and him having been playing together since eighth grade, so we know how each other plays,” Miller said of Yu. “He likes to shoot it. I like to bang it down low. He’s a good player.”

The Yellow Jackets were able to sub in a lot of different players, and see how they would perform together. Eight different players scored, and five players had at least seven points.

Miller, one of only three players back from last year’s team, said he likes how the team has jelled so far.

“Compared to last year’s team, we started to mesh together quicker, mainly because most of us know each other and have played with each other before,” Miller said. “We have a lot more potential than last year.”

Vincent, a senior transfer from Fork Union, and Amani Chambe give the Yellow Jackets a solid combo at guard.

“[Vincent’s] good. He has very high basketball IQ. Same for Amani [Chambe], both of our guards have very high IQ,” Miller said. “It’s just good to have guards with good basketball smarts.”

Connor Glennon led the Owls with six points. R-MA was led by Vincent with 13 points. Chambe and Blair each had nine.

The Yellow Jackets scrimmaged Stonewall Jackson and Clinedinst said they won two of the six quarters they played. Clinedinst said that a big key to the team’s success could be staying disciplined and smart.

“Overall, we’ve just got to get stronger and smarter,” Clinedinst said. “If we work on being more disciplined, we can do well in the conference. We can frustrate people, We can do things and make it happen.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com