Monday, March 2, 2015

Basketball: RV beats Williamstown

Basketball: RV beats Williamstown



By Phil Anastasia

Rancocas Valley won its 15th in a row, rallying in the second half for a 52-46 victory over Williamstown Saturday in the Tri-State Showcase at Bishop Eustace.

Junior center Nick Davidson scored 19 and sophomore guard Ned Ogoemesim added 13 as Rancocas Valley improved its record to 20-2. The Red Devils, the No. 3 seed in the CJ 4 tournament, have not lost in 2013.

"The guys are believing in each other," RV coach Jay Flanagan said. "Our chemistry is a lot better than it was earlier in the year."

The 6-5, 210-pound Davidson said the Red Devils are winning games at the defensive end and on the backboards.

"We've worked really hard on our defense and we take a lot of pride in that," Davidson said. "That and our rebounding have been the keys. We share the ball on offense. You can have an open shot but there's always a better open shot."

TJ Booth scored 21 for Williamstown (14-7), which had won six in a row.

The Braves played with more energy than the Red Devils in the first half, taking a 28-26 lead. They still led 33-28 early in the third quarter.

But RV went on a 13-0 run to take command. The Red Devils got great work from their pressure defense in that stretch and Ogoemesim scored six points.

Ogoemesim, a 6-1 athlete who is the team's leading scorer, generated all of his points in the final three quarters.

"We got outworked (early)," Flanagan said. "But I thought our effort was great in the third and fourth quarters. We played 14 great minutes but 14 minutes isn't going to cut it in the tournament."

Williamstown 11 17 7 11 -- 46

Rancocas Valley 11 15 15 11 -- 52

W:On-nir Kendall 1, Aaron Rose 8, TJ Booth 21, Kali Boyce 2, Tyler Okusi 8, Chris Leary 6.

RV: Ned Ogoemesim 13, Kymere Chapman 4, Nick Davidson 19, Vince Anfield 6, Niall Carpenter 6, Darius Dooley 2, Shawn Ellis-Bradley 2.

-- Contact Phil Anastasia at or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter.


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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at

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