Eagles downed by Yellow Jackets in overtime

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

Wanda Thompson told her Warren County boys team if it let Roanoke Rapids hang around until the end, the game wouldn’t end well for the Eagles.

It didn’t.

Warren County controlled the game Saturday for much of the third quarter before the Yellow Jackets rallied to send it to overtime.

Roanoke Rapids outscored the Eagles 8-4 in the extra session to claim the Warren County Holiday Classic title with a 58-54 win.

Thompson said her squad put forth an uninspiring performance.

“They came out flat,” said Thompson. “They didn’t work as a team. No defense. None.”

“We’re playing good individual ball,” added Thompson. “We’re not playing good team ball. And until we do that, we’re going to have outcomes just like this.”

A night after 11 different players got on the score sheet against Southeast Halifax, only five Eagles scored Saturday and Warren County (8-4) shot 6-of-28 from 3-point range.

“We switched up,” said Thompson. “We tried different people and we could not find five that could work as a team. The last minute and a half was the only time we started playing.”

Roanoke Rapids played the final 1:55 of overtime without Dejuan Walker, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Walker, who finished with 24 points, fouled out after he was whistled for a charge with his team up three points.

The Yellow Jackets knocked down 3-of-4 free throws in the final 20.6 seconds of overtime to seal the game.

A.J. Alston led Warren County with 17 points, Dennis Waddell had 14 points and Charlie Williams had 13 points. Each player was named to the all-tourney squad.

Northwest Halifax won the consolation game over Southeast Halifax.

Warren County returns to the court next Tuesday at Durham School of the Arts.Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.