Patriots Claimed Another VCC Tournament Championship
2017, March 13 – The Amelia Academy Patriots claimed another VCC tournament championship and made a run at the VIS D3 state title before falling in the state finals. Amelia Academy took care of Blessed Sacrament in the VCC semifinals at Richard Bland College on February 24 by a score of 69-50. The Patriots led 29-18 at half and never looked back. Max M. led the way with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Kam H. had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Leland H. had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Da'Juan E. had 7 points, 9 assists, 6 steals and 5 assists. Grady O. added 5 points and 2 rebounds and Zumar S. had 4 points.
On February 25, the Patriots routed Richmond Christian 80-53 in the VCC finals. Max was the leading scorer again with 24 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Da'Juan had 17 points, including 3 threes, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds. Zumar had 15 points and 3 rebounds. Kam had 13 points, 4 steals, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Leland added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Max was named the tournament MVP as he averaged 24 points, 15.5 rebounds and 7 assists over the two days. Zumar and Da'Juan were also named to the all-tournament team. As far as VCC awards, Max, Da'Juan and Leland were named to the VCC First Team. Grady was named All-Academic. Kam was named Player of the Year and Coach Greg Harris was named Coach of the Year.
Amelia Academy hosted Fredericksburg Academy in the state quarterfinals on March 1 and moved on with a 74-63 win. The Patriots led 26-20 at half and would pull away in the fourth quarter for the 11-point win. Max had 19 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Zumar had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Kam had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks. Da'Juan had 13 points, including 3 threes, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks and 4 assists. Leland had 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
The Patriots would travel to Virginia State University for a state semifinal match-up with Christ Chapel Academy. The two teams had split during the regular season, but they saved the best for the rubber match. The game would be tied at 32 at half. The Patriots would take a 50-44 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Christ Chapel would answer back and tie the game at 59 at the end of regulation. One overtime would not be enough to decide the outcome as both teams scored 6 points in the extra four-minute period. Amelia Academy would find a way at the end of the second overtime to take the 73-70 win and advance to the state finals for a second year in a row.
Leland led the Patriots with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Zumar had 21 points, including 3 threes, and 6 rebounds. Max had 9 points 20 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Kam had 5 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Da'Juan added 8 points.
Amelia Academy would face Williamsburg Christian Academy, a team they had beaten twice during the season, in the state final. The Patriots would fall behind early and WCA would take a 40-23 lead into halftime. Amelia Academy would cut the lead to 11 at 53-42 after the third quarter. Despite cutting the game to around 6 points, the Patriots would not get any closer as WCA would win 77-55, as both teams emptied their benches for the last couple minutes of the game.
Max had 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Kam had 15 points and 5 assists. Leland had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Da'Juan had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Zumar added 7 points. Amelia Academy (26-8 overall and 14-0 in VCC) ended the season as the VCC regular season champions, VCC tournament champions and VIS D3 state runner-up.
Article by Frank Shanaberger