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Highland Springs' Nathaniel Pollard, pictured against Varina last year.

Reggie Tennyson, Highland Springs boys basketball coach, believes that solid effort will put you in a position to succeed. When Springers forward Nathaniel Pollard scored two baskets in one second to close the third quarter in Tuesday night’s contest against Huguenot, his point was proved.

Pollard hit a tough runner and was fouled, then rebounded his missed free throw and scored before the buzzer to extend Highland Springs’ lead to 9 points. The No. 5 Springers took care of business in the fourth quarter, defeating the Falcons 82-63 at the Arthur Ashe Center.

“I think, when you are working hard, things will come out in your favor,” said Tennyson. “We worked hard that whole quarter to get control of the game, and it was one of those plays that gave us an opportunity to extend our lead.”

Highland Springs (2-0) controlled the scoreboard most of the game, but had trouble pulling away from Huguenot (2-1). The first half included six ties, at least two coming after 7-0 Huguenot runs. The Falcons trio of Rayvon McKoy, Lance Monteiro and Deshawn Ridley combined to keep pace with Highland Springs’ Jordan Crump, who scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the first half. Consecutive baskets in the final minute of the half allowed the Springers to take a 37-31 lead into the break.

Huguenot came out of the locker room hot, getting a quick 3-pointer from McKoy to spark a 6-0 run to tie the game. From there, however, the Highland Springs defensive intensity turned up a notch.

“I think we executed our game plan a little bit better defensively in the second half. We didn’t execute it as well as I’d like … but I’m pleased by the overall effort,” said Tennyson. “Effort is what saved us in the second half. We were able to get out, get in front of people and box out guys.”

After two baskets from Ridley and Kershaun Reavis cut Highland Springs’ lead to 3 with 1:27 remaining in the third quarter, Huguenot appeared poised to make another push. However, Pollard’s basket with 29 seconds left extended the lead to 5 before his last-second effort further extended the lead. Huguenot would get no closer than 7 points in the fourth quarter before the Springers ran away with it.

Pollard finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Crump’s 29 points included a 13-of-14 performance from the free throw line. Ridley and Monteiro each scored 18 points, and McKoy had 14 for Huguenot.

HIGHLAND SPRINGS — Christian Wilson 8, Jordan Crump 29, Damon Werts 13, Nathaniel Pollard 21, Malik Grant 2, Lakye Owens 3, Careem Tinsley 2, Raymon Cypress 2, Willis Anderson 2. Totals: 23 9-15 82.

HUGUENOT — Ridley 18, McKoy 14, Monteiro 18, Pacheco 2, Fields 2, Washington 4, Reavis 5. Totals: 29 21-32 63.

Highland Springs 20 17 20 25 — 82

Huguenot 15 16 17 15 — 63

3-point goals: — HS: Jordan Crump 2, Damon Werts 1

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