Using a combination of talent and teamwork, coach John Twilley’s Matoaca Warriors secured the 2011 Chesterfield County Middle School Basketball Tournament crown with a thrilling 69-65 victory over the Falling Creek Panthers. The Warriors made it to the final game from the #5 seed in what was one of the strongest fields the league has ever seen. In the tournament, Matoaca took down Swift Creek on the road to reach the final four. The Warriors then outlasted top seeded Carver, setting up their championship sealing victory.
Matoaca, led by Trevion Armstrong, Blake Bowen, Miles Markland, and Kerry Walker proved to be a formidable foe as all four of these young men stepped up their games with a combination of scoring, rebounding, clutch free-throws, long range threes, and tenacious defense.
In the deciding game, Armstrong proved to be a beast as he scored 20 points and tallied an equal number of rebounds. His inside presence also altered a number of Falling Creek shots. The diminutive Bowen was the tournament’s marksman as he tallied 12 three point baskets over the three game tournament. Walker was a dominating defensive force in stopping any Panther efforts to drive the baseline. In the end however, it was Miles Markland who controlled both ends of the court from his point guard position. He disrupted the Panther’s offense with ball pressure and hit the key free-throws down the stretch.
Falling Creek continued its recent success under coach Charlie Scott. Gus Rowland led the Panthers in their epic battle against the Warriors. The guard averaged 27 points in his two outings against Matoaca, the first resulting in a Panther victory.
The Carver Cougars, led by Carlos Thrash and Devin Morgan took home the regular season trophy by virtue of a 9-1 record.