SUSSEX — Greensville County’s first non-district action on the young season proved to be a successful endeavor Saturday in a 61-47 victory against the Essex Trojans on a neutral court at Sussex Central High School. The Eagles didn’t do anything spectacular in the contest, but were methodical in tightening the clamps on the Trojan offense in building a 33-18 halftime advantage.
Essex led by as many as three in the first quarter when Tamahj Jones scored five consecutive points to put his team in front 5-2 with 6:30 remaining in the opening stanza, but Jones and the Trojans did not connect on another field goal attempt until Jones put the ball in the cylinder with 3:41 remaining in the first half. The Eagles spread the wealth in a 19-2 run, with seven players scoring points in the surge, capped by a Zavion Franklin basket to put the green and gold on top 21-7, with 4:49 left in the second quarter.
The Eagles closed the first and second quarters with key late baskets to add a little momentum.
In the first quarter Zykeem Fields knocked down a jumper as time expired to put his team in front 14-6.
The sophomore came up with a steal and tickled the twine with a straightaway 15-footer with a second remaining to send his squad to the break with a 15-point advantage, 33-18.
Neither team was able to put together a big run in the second half as the Greensville (6-1) margin veered between 11 and 17 points the rest of the way. Greensville head coach Antwan Walton was happy to see his team get a win, but was not overly pleased with the performance.
“We played a little sloppy,” he said. “We didn’t execute on our plays. That’s about it.”
Jaylin Joyner led a balanced Greensville attack with 11 points. Zykeem Fields joined Joyner in double-figures with 10 points. Jahlil Field, 8, Khalid Parker, 8 and A.J. Walton, 7 points paced the team in scoring.
Walton added eight rebounds. Jones finished with a game-high 28 points for the Trojans.
Senior point guard Jahlil Fields was pleased with the victory, but said his team has a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks before returning to Tri-Rivers District action.
“We’re going to have to work hard in practice and our offensive execution,” he said. “We need to work on developing team chemistry.”
Greensville played a non-District game at Northampton, N.C. Tuesday and returns to action Thursday Dec. 27 against Pasquotank, N.C. in the first game of the three-day, eight-team Northampton County Christmas Tournament in Gaston, N.C.