Huguenot’s Kevin Gayles finished with a game-high 16 rebounds as the Falcons beat Armstrong in the TDIT semifinals.

As Huguenot watched a multiple-possession lead dwindle two just 2 points late in the third quarter against Armstrong, Ksaan Brown wasn’t upset with the team’s defense. The Falcons head coach was more concerned that the ball simply wasn’t going in the basket.

“We made the adjustment at halftime to go to a 2-3 zone. It slowed them down,” Brown said. “It’s not that they were scoring against us. We couldn’t score.”

With 2 minutes to go in the period, his concerns were quelled. Jordan Parham and Tabriz Allen knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 10-2 run that opened the Huguenot lead back up, and the Falcons cruised in the fourth quarter to a 75-60 victory in the semifinals of the Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament on Thursday at Hanover High School.

The Falcons will meet Collegiate in Friday’s championship game at 8:30 p.m. at Hanover. The Cougars beat Highland Springs 60-55 in the other semifinal.

Huguenot’s lead never got below 7 points following the run.

“Once we started to make a couple baskets we were able to create a little distance. We’ve just got to put the ball in the hole and go to the hoop strong,” Brown said.

Huguenot jumped out to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter, using an 8-0 run to take a 16-6 lead. Kevin Gayles provided punch driving to the basket, Parham knocked down a 3-pointer, and Osmand Harris provided toughness underneath the basket and on defense during the stretch.

Harris, who is in his first year of high school basketball, finished with a game-high 18 points and added eight rebounds off the bench. Several led to extended offensive possessions and second-chance baskets.

“I feel like we have seven starters and he’s one of them,” Brown said. “I like bringing him off the bench because when you can bring that type of impact off the bench, it really helps.”

Huguenot led 40-34 at halftime and switched to a 2-3 zone defense to begin the second half to shut off the driving lanes of Zarkeil McEachin and Antoine Bruce. The Armstrong duo combined for 25 first-half points, the majority of which came off hard drives straight to the rim.

Huguenot limited Armstrong's opportunities with the defensive switch but had a hard time finding the bottom of the bucket. The Wildcats trailed 48-46 before Parham and Allen’s back-to-back 3-pointers sparked Huguenot and ended Armstrong’s momentum. Armstrong was held to just two field goals during the first 4 minutes of the fourth quarter, allowing Huguenot to open up a double-digit lead.

Gayles finished with a game-high 16 rebounds for Huguenot and added 15 points. Parham scored 14 points in the win. McEachin tied Harris’ game-high 18 points while Bruce and Jawaun Williams scored 14 points each for Armstrong.

ARMSTRONG — Zarkeil McCeachin 18, Antoine Bruce 14, Shamayah Wright 3, Quran Davis 5, Raquan Lee-Bryson 6, Jawuan Williams 14.

HUGUENOT — Jordan Parham 14, Kevin Gayles 15, Marcus Leisure 2, Jarron Fleming 8, Tabriz Allen 8, Kamron Foster 8, Osmand Harris 18.

Armstrong  13  21  15  11 — 60

Huguenot   18  22  16  19 — 75

3-point goals: — ARM: Jawuan Williams 1 HUG: Jordan Parham 3, Tabriz Allen 1.

Boys schedule

Wednesday’s first round

  • Huguenot 88, Trinity Episcopal 85
  • Armstrong 68, St. Christopher’s 62
  • Collegiate 55, Douglas Freeman 53
  • Highland Springs 73, George Wythe 43

Thursday’s second round at Hanover High

  • Trinity Episcopal 55, St. Christopher’s 48
  • Douglas Freeman 71, George Wythe 55
  • Huguenot 75, Armstrong 60
  • Collegiate 60, Highland Springs 55

Friday’s final round at Hanover

  • Seventh place: St. Christopher's vs. George Wythe, 10:30 a.m.
  • Fifth place: Douglas Freeman vs. Trinity Episcopal, 1:30 p.m.
  • Third place: Armstrong vs. Highland Springs, 5
  • Championship: Collegiate vs. Huguenot, 8:30

Girls schedule

Wednesday’s first round

  • Trinity Episcopal 66, Hanover 27
  • Cosby 93, Hermitage 27
  • Monacan 72, Varina 48
  • Highland Springs 54, Steward 25

Thursday’s second round at Hanover High

  • Hanover 61, Hermitage 39
  • Varina 53, Steward 38
  • Trinity Episcopal 76, Cosby 64
  • Monacan 59, Highland Springs 53 (OT)

Friday’s final round at Hanover

  • Seventh place: Hermitage vs. Steward, 9 a.m.
  • Fifth place: Hanover vs. Varina, noon
  • Third place: Cosby vs. Highland Springs, 3:30 p.m.
  • Championship: Trinity Episcopal vs. Monacan, 6:30

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