By Rob Witham
Men’s Basketball: Sophomore Grayson Midulla was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, scoring 34 points over two games as Randolph-Macon men’s basketball captured the R-MC Coaches Classic title defeating York (PA) 69-62 in the championship game Friday night.
Midulla and junior Daniel Noe each scored 13 points in the title game as the Yellow Jackets built a 37-29 halftime lead. The Spartans would draw within four points midway through the second half, but Randolph-Macon responded with an 8-0 run of their own to put the advantage back into double figures. York’s final push, a 14-3 run late in the game, was not enough as Noe and Midulla each made free throws to seal the win.
The win, coupled with Randolph-Macon’s 81-61 opening round win last Thursday over FDU-Florham, puts the Yellow Jackets at 6-5 overall, and winners of their last three games. The Coaches Classic marks the end of non-conference play, as Randolph-Macon returns to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action for the rest of the regular season, next playing Saturday at Bridgewater before returning to Crenshaw Gymnasium to battle arch rival Hampden-Sydney Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Members of the R-MC Coaches Classic All-Tournament Team were Midulla, senior forward Michael Taylor, Matt Scamuffo of York, Sam Gordon of Johns Hopkins and Veon Lassiter of FDU-Florham.
Women’s Basketball: Randolph-Macon split a pair of New Year’s weekend games in Pennsylvania, falling to Elizabethtown 50-41 Friday, then bouncing back behind strong freshman play for a 64-49 victory over Franklin and Marshall on New Year’s Eve.
The Yellow Jackets (6-4) struggled from the field in the loss, shooting just 25 percent (15-of-60), and only making two of eleven three-point tries. Freshman forward Kelly Williams recorded her fifth double-double of the season in the defeat with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Williams grabbed her sixth double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds Saturday as Randolph-Macon began the game at Franklin and Marshall on a 14-1 run and never looked back, shooting 42 percent from the field. Fellow freshman Michal Ross also scored 17 points in 27 minutes off the bench, also recording 10 rebounds.
The Yellow Jackets scored 26 of their points off Franklin and Marshall turnovers, and dominated inside, outscoring the Diplomats in the paint by a 42-20 margin.
Randolph-Macon’s month-long stint away from home concludes when they make the longest trip in the ODAC to Emory and Henry for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, before returning to Crenshaw Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to face Virginia Wesleyan. It will be the Yellow Jackets’ first home game in 38 days.
High School Basketball: The Patrick Henry girls won their first game of the season last Thursday, knocking off Powhatan in the consolation round of the Douglas Freeman Holiday Hoops Basketball Bash 43-29. JaBryah Haverkamp scored 21 points for the Patriots, who were very close to reaching the championship round, falling the previous day in an overtime thriller to Manchester 37-34.
Meanwhile, the Patrick Henry boys got 16 points from Devyn Coles and eight points from Ryan Boone, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots fell to Louisa 68-49 in the consolation round of the boys bracket at Douglas Freeman. Arias Holman added ten points for Patrick Henry, who will host Lee-Davis Friday at 7:30 p.m. after the Confederates and Patriots battle in girls hoops action at 6 p.m.