Bay Rivers District boys and girls basketball midseason report
Boys Bkb Grafton High School at Tabb High School. Tabb's #10 Ryan Sawyer and #30 Shaq Rodney try to box in Grafton's #20 Elijah Moore. (Joe Fudge, Daily Press / December 19, 2011)
Preseason favorite Grafton is atop the boys standings. Bruton, as expected, is the Clippers' closest pursuer, with Lafayette hovering near the top.
Grafton and Tabb are 1-2 as expected in the girls standings. The changeup is that Tabb, picked second preseason, holds a two-game lead at the halfway point in what looks like a two-team race for the title.
MIDSEASON MVP: Elijah Moore, Grafton
It's little wonder the junior forward is drawing Division I attention. He's averaging 17.6 points efficiently (53 percent shooting) and hitting the boards harder than ever before (11.8 rpg). And he's so much more comfortable and athletic in his lanky (6-foot-6) frame than a year ago.
MID-SEASON POWER POLL
1. Grafton (9-2, 7-0): The Clippers have the pieces to win the district but aren't deep, a potential problem with all of the makeup games. Kevin Barnes improvement at the two guard has been key.
2. Bruton (10-1, 8-1): Marcus Carter (12.0 ppg) leads the attack and the district's best defense. That loss last week to Smithfield was a stunner.
3. Lafayette (8-4, 8-2): Lost close games to Grafton and Bruton. The Rams are talented enough to reverse those results with double-figures scorers Colton St. Cyr, John Fitchett and Dewayne Johnson.
4. Tabb (8-5, 6-4): League MVP Shaq Rodney (14.6 ppg) leads an inexperienced cast, but one capable of making noise in February.
5. New Kent (8-4, 5-4): In an offensively challenged district, the Trojans have surprised often by averaging nearly 70 points.
6. Smithfield (6-6, 4-6): Chemistry, unselfishness and Darren Major's scoring (19.6 ppg) make the Pack the district's most improved team.
7. Poquoson (4-6, 4-5): The Islanders showed how dangerous they can be by winning at Tabb in the Tigers holiday tournament.
8. Warhill (4-6, 4-5): With point guard Devonte Dedmon averaging 17 points in district play, the Lions, winless a year ago, are competitive.
9. York (2-9, 1-8): Second half should be better for a team with guards Brandon Harvell (14.1 ppg), Quinton Martinez (14.0 ppg).
10. Jamestown (1-11, 0-10): The Eagles have enough talent to win some games, but need to become more efficient.
MIDSEASON MVP: Rose Mulherin, Grafton