Christchurch Seahorses win state title
|Members of the Christchurch School Seahorses are, from left, head coach Ben Thompson, coach Don Harris, and, in uniforms, Davis Horbal, Devin Robinson, Justin Peebles, Josh Gravett, David Koenig, Nick Douglas, Mitch MacDonald, captain Brendan Cole, captain Jordan Wallace, captain Julian Reed and Harrison Burton.|
Christchurch School was crowned the Virginia Independent Schools Division II state champion after defeating Virginia Episcopal School (VES) 57-49 in overtime on Saturday.
It was the first state basketball championship for the Seahorses since 1991.
The VES Bishops entered the state playoffs ranked #1 in the final state poll while the Seahorses were ranked #2. Christchurch defeated VES 79-65 in the regular season.
CCS junior Devin Robinson (Chesterfield) led all scorers with 21 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Senior Jordan Wallace (Hampton) finished with 10 points and 4 assists. Senior Brendan Cole (Hampton) added 8 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Wallace scored the first 4 points in overtime with 2 free throws and a layup to give Christchurch a 48-44 lead. Junior Julian Reed (Apex, N.C.) was money from the free throw line converting 4 free throws in the final 46 seconds to extend the Seahorse lead to 55-46. Reed scored 9 points, but his free throws in the overtime period helped keep the Bishops at bay. With 19 seconds remaining, junior Justin Peebles (Mechanicsville) scored on a layup to put Christchurch up by 4 points then came up with a huge blocked shot.
It was the second straight loss in the state championship game for VES. The loss to Christchurch (24-7) snapped a 14-game winning streak for the Bishops, who won the VISAA Division III state championship in 2011.
Christchurch defeated #7 Norfolk Christian School in the quarterfinals 63-62 and #3 Walsingham Academy 60-58 in the semifinals before downing VES for the title.
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