Brooke Point boys basketball coach Danny Tryon has a short time frame to devise a game-plan to slow down North Stafford star guard Javon Swinton.
The Black-Hawks are fourth in the Region 5D playoff standings after Tuesday night’s 62–44 loss to Swinton and the Wolverines. North Stafford is currently fifth and would visit Brooke Point in an opening round game next week if nothing changes before then.
Swinton torched the Black-Hawks (12–9, 6–4) for a game-high 37 points Tuesday on the Wolverines’ senior night. The 6-foot-2 junior connected on six 3-pointers and seemingly could do whatever he wanted at any time.
“We have about nine days to figure it out,” Tryon said. “He’s one of the best around, probably one of the best that’s played in Stafford and when he’s going like that, it’s hard. That’s what we’re going to try to figure out.”
The Wolverines (10–9, 5–5) gave the Black-Hawks something else to ponder, too.
North Stafford has a second-semester addition in 6-foot-6 forward Ray Jones, who is an inside-outside threat. Jones finished with 13 points. When Swinton drew the defense on a couple of late drives, he found Jones underneath for lob passes and easy baskets.
Jones is in his sixth game with the Wolverines.
“He brings a lot of energy. He’s long. He’s an athlete. He’s still learning what we’re doing,” North Stafford head coach Steve Hibberd said. “But you have to account for him. If we get scoring around the bucket with the way we shoot the 3, it makes us a much tougher team to guard.”
Swinton scored on an array of floaters, drives to the baskets and long-range bombs. He had 21 points by halftime. He opened it up even more in the third quarter with four 3-pointers, including one from NBA range that Brooke Point defenders dared him to take. That gave the Wolverines a 53-30 lead and the Black-Hawks got no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
Swinton, whose shooting has improved this year, said he spent a countless amount of time during the offseason working on his 3-point shot.
“We’ve been putting in a lot of hours,” Swinton said, “and you can see it’s paying off.”
Senior guard Chris Motton paced the Black-Hawks with 15 points. Holadem Siladin came off the bench to add 10.
Tryon said the Black-Hawks came out flat and didn’t play with energy once they realized their shots weren’t falling. Brooke Point trailed 37-17 at halftime.
“We kind of got frustrated,” Tryon said. “What they need to realize is there is a whole lot to the game other than making shots. You can defend. You can rebound. You can be tough, physical … It was hard to overcome the deficit.”
North Stafford hosts Riverbend on Friday before it closes the regular season Tuesday against a streaking Colonial Forge team. Brooke Point hosts Stafford Friday and finishes against Riverbend.
The Black-Hawks and Wolverines know Tuesday night likely isn’t the last time they’ll see each other.
“I feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” Hibberd said. “The kids are trusting each other. That’s what we talk about every day.”
BROOKE POINT 67, NORTH STAFFORD 41
The Black-Hawks (10-11, 7-4) rolled to a Commonwealth District road victory behind 17 points from senior forward Lauryn Avery.
Zamaria Hutchinson and Jaylin Pressley added 11 points each.
Desiree Roy led the Wolverines (9–11, 3–8) with 12 points, while Jazmyne Deshields contributed 10. The Black-Hawks outscored North Stafford 20-7 in the second quarter to break open a seven-point game.
Brooke Point returns to action at home against Stafford on Friday. North Stafford hosts Riverbend the same night.
Brooke Point (12–9, 6–4): Chris Motton 15, Alex Avery 3, Jason Thomas 6, Eric Mason 4, Holadem Siladin 10, Josh Maloney 6, Diondre Colston 0. Totals 16 7–14 44.
North Stafford (10–9, 5–5): Javon Swinton 37, Kellen Egan 8, Dashawn Birchmore 0, Shawn Asbury 2, Nayshawn Leftridge 0, Jeremiah Jones 0, Cole Maruchi 0, Elisha Brown 2, Ray Jones 13, Holt Egan 0, Bremone Lane 0. Totals 22 10–15 62.
3-pointers: Brooke Point 5 (Thomas 2, Motton 2, Avery). North Stafford 8 (Swinton 6, K. Egan, R. Jones).
Brooke Point (10–11, 7–4): Jaylin Forde 3, Lauryn Avery 17, Ayanna Parker 8, Eryka Avery 3, Zamaria Hutchinson 11, Jaylin Pressley 11, Brittany Pierce 0, Soli Serrano 0, Kylie Thuot 4, Dasia Hyslop 8, Joyce Lloyd 2. Totals 28 7–20 67.
North Stafford (9–11, 3–8): Torrey Schwab 2, Jazmyne DeShields 10, Makayla Johnson 2, Maggy Duckett 0, Lauren Farace 8, Desiree Roy 12, Lia Cevallos 3, Cayla Thomas 0, Nyla Siler 0, Layla McCarthy 0, Falryah Opoku 4. Totals 18 2-10 41.
3-pointers: Brooke Point 4 (Parker 2, E. Avery, Hutchinson). North Stafford 3 (DeShields 2, Cevallos).