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Skyline boys beat Falcons, 47-38

Thursday, Jan. 3 | By Joe Rummel
Caleb Lantz scored 9 points as Fauquier lost to Skyline 47-38 on Wednesday night. --File photo by Adam Goings
The Skyline High School boys basketball team applied the same Northwestern District-winning defense it used in football to throttle Fauquier 47-38 in Warrenton Wednesday night.

Over half the Hawks' roster played football, including former Kettle Run player Kylmen Breeden, who scored 16 points. Junior forward Marcus Turner added 10.

The Hawks (10-1) shot just 39 percent (17-of-43), but dominated the Falcons inside.

“I’d like to see us score the basketball more, obviously. But no matter what the score is you’ll take it in a game against a team like Fauquier,” said Skyline coach Jacob Bates.

“We rebounded well tonight, didn’t give up too many second chance points and we try to hang our hat on rebounding and defense…I feel very fortunate we held them to under 40 points tonight," Bates said.

Fauquier fans still riding high after the Falcons' 80-79 double-overtime win against Liberty on Dec. 28 may have thought they were in for more of the same when Dillon Tapscott hit a running floater to end the first quarter, leaving FHS down 14-8.

Tapscott (16 points, 4-for-7 from 3-point range) ended the first half with another buzzer-beating jump shot from the top of the key, cutting the Falcons' deficit to 23-17.

Fauquier (5-6) kept charging, slicing the lead to 27-26 on Carl Hellandsjo's third quarter free throw.

“You kind of knew they weren’t going to quit, any team coach (Wayne) Brizzi has is going to play hard until the final buzzer,” added Bates.

Brizzi agreed. “I thought the guys showed a lot of tenacity, cutting it to one but it got away from us,” the FHS coach said.

Skyline managed more second-chance rebounds (14 offensive rebounds, 36 total), than Fauquier had total rebounds (13).

After going 5-for-5 on 3-pointers against Liberty, Falcon senior Caleb Lantz (9 points) was 1-for-3 from deep. And FHS juniors Jeremiah Blackwell (4 rebounds) and Jay Jay Roberts stayed quiet most of the game. Each scored four points.

It wasn’t the start Brizzi was looking for to kick off the New Year.

“We’re looking to make a step forward. No matter what happens with the score, as long as we’re progressing, that’s the key. I thought we had some decent stuff, we just didn’t always execute. But I’ll tell you what, I think we’re a better team than we were at the beginning of the year,” he said.

Fauquier travels to Liberty Friday for the start of Evergreen District play.

The FHS-LHS girls play first at 6 p.m.
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