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MECHANICSVILLE, Va. -- Lee-Davis' Avery Fusco (23) denies Hanover's John Taylor an easy path to the basket in the Confederates' 69-63 win over the visiting Hawks on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

MECHANICSVILLE – After entering a late-season swoon that seemed set to cast a shadow over the Lee-Davis boys basketball team stellar season, some observers wondered if the Confederates had yet learned to win.

But, after a 51-50 win on the road at Douglas Freeman last Wednesday and a 69-63 home win over county rival Hanover Friday, it seems Lee-Davis has figured it out.

The Confederates definitely figured it out after nearly going scoreless in the third quarter while Hanover took the lead.

“Hanover’s coming off four straight wins. Freeman is 14-5 and sitting very pretty in the 5B regional playoffs, so to go on the road over [at Freeman] and pick up a 1-point win, and then to come over hear and really just get smacked in the mouth in the third quarter – I didn’t know if we were going to score … – to get really smacked in the third quarter and then to come out and just fight and fight and fight … I’m really impressed with the progression of these guys,” said Lee-Davis head boys basketball coach Chad Bishop. “They just made a team effort and a team commitment that we weren’t going to quit.”

Even better, they avoided late mistakes – like turnovers – that have cost them dearly in both of their games against Atlee and their first game against Hanover this year.

But Lee-Davis could not win without drama. The Confederates went nearly six minutes in the third quarter before making any kind of basket. As they appeared to founder, Bishop sought relief from the bench, and the two players called up – Bain Marsh and Robert Fraley – gave Lee-Davis quality minutes with no turnovers and some key points in a pair of 3-pointers by Marsh.

“I told them in the locker room, ‘Guys, we didn’t score in the third quarter until you guys came in and started doing what you were supposed to do,” Bishop said.

It was an especially sweet performance by Bain.

“The interesting piece is that Bain went to Hanover his freshman year and he’s now come over here to us. He’s been in the back of my mind for this game for a while. The opportunity came up where we weren’t doing things we needed to do and we went to him,” Bishop said. “He’s got a lot of confidence. He’s only a junior and I’m excited about what we saw out of him tonight.”

Marsh, with a pair of big 3-point goals early in the fourth quarter, played a key role in a stretch where both teams matched the other’s from long range, but Hanover missed a few shots while Lee-Davis kept its keel even to overtake and pull away from the Hawks.

Both teams had a trio of players in double figures. Hanover was led the Hawks with a game-high 19 points, followed by Will Fahed with 14 and Cole Wallace with 11.

Devin Christian led Lee-Davis with 18 points. James Wallace scored 15 points and Tyler Berry added 12.

Hanover, led by Julia Mardigian with 13 points, won the girls game that opened the evening 55-43.

The second quarter, in which the Hawks outscored Lee-Davis 19-9, proved pivotal to the Hanover win.

“When we got [Lee-Davis’ Codie] Heilig in foul trouble there and they had to take her out of the game, I think we did a real good job of attacking their weak spot – a much better job than we had been doing on offense, getting good shots and moving the ball,” said Hanover head girls basketball coach Mike Rohr. “We actually made a couple [of shots] today. … I thought we did a really good job of attacking the basket and getting inside.”

Madison Miller scored 11 points for the Hawks and Emily Mott added 10.

Madison Williams led Lee-Davis with 9 points.

Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

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