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.

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