TCIS Semi-Final Boys Basketball- CHC 60, Bishop Sullivan 61

The Dolphins traveled to Hampton Roads Academy for the TCIS semifinal matchup against the Crusaders from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School on Friday night. The Dolphins never really found a rhythm in Friday’s contest with the Crusaders, as the Dolphins trailed by five early in the night. The Dolphins’ offensive struggles began from the opening possession, with the Crusaders locking down the passing lanes and keying on Dajour in the post. As the Dolphins were searching for a consistent second scoring option on Friday night, the Crusaders sprinted out to a 32-27 lead as the teams broke for the half. The Dolphins hung around throughout the third quarter, but the offense appeared stagnant as Cape Henry trailed 41-45 heading into the final quarter of the night. Cape Henry battled to take the first lead of the night with 4:35 left in regulation, as Dajour Rucker hit a step back 3-pointer to put the Dolphins ahead by three. After four minutes of lead changes and tie scores, the Dolphins once again controlled the lead with 40 seconds left to play. With Cape Henry leading 58-57, the Crusaders marched down the court and used the vast majority of time remaining before knocking down the go-ahead bucket with seven seconds remaining. Cape Henry inbounded the ball and marched up the court with a chance to regain the lead.  Trailing 58-59 with 3.2 seconds on the clock, Cape Henry’s Dajour Rucker drew the foul and stepped up to the charity stripe with a chance to take the lead. Rucker confidently knocked down the first of two to tie the score before hitting nothing but net on the second to give Cape Henry a one-point lead, 60-59. The Crusaders rushed the ball up the court and with .1 on the clock, the whistled sounded for a foul on the Crusader’s desperation, last-second attempt. The Bishop Sullivan guard stepped up to the line and knocked down two of two to give the Crusaders a 61-60 lead. With just one-tenth of a second left on the clock, the Dolphins were unable to get a shot towards the basket, and the Crusaders advanced to the TCIS finals with a 61-60 win over the Dolphins. Bishop Sullivan went on to win the TCIS finals matchup against Norfolk Academy on Saturday. Dajour Rucker was the only Dolphin to reach double-digit scoring on Friday night, netting 27 in the matchup with Bishop Sullivan. Christian Moore (8), EJ Clark (7), Bryson Spell (7), Danny Banister (5), Greg Melvin (4), and CJ Bailey (2) rounded out the scoring efforts in the TCIS semifinal. The Dolphins fell to #6 in the VISAA State rankings with Friday’s loss, but will host the first round of the tournament against St. John Paul the Great on Tuesday night with tip-off set for 5:00 pm.