Walton Gets 100
Broadway Nips Sherando, 66-63, In Overtime
BROADWAY – Shortly after being presented with a commemorative basketball for a milestone victory, Broadway High School coach Dwight Walton said it seemed like none of his career wins came easily.
No. 100 required overtime Monday night.
With the game tied at 63-63, senior guard Austin Phares missed his fifth free throw in seven attempts and a timeout was taken with 36.7 seconds remaining in the extra period. That’s when the heckling started from a small section of Sherando student fans, who berated Phares during the stoppage with an onslaught of negative comments.
Phares went 3-for-3 at the foul line from then on, including a pair to cap the scoring with eight seconds left, and finished with a game-high 18 points as Broadway held on to beat Sherando 66-63.
“Free throws were shaky tonight,” Phares said. “I heard some of the fans in their section say something to me, so I figured, might as well go prove them wrong. I didn’t miss after that, after I heard them say something.
“I tend to do better when people motivate me to do better.”
With the win, Walton improved to 100-87 in his eighth season at BHS. After the game, Gary Leake, who coached Walton at BHS from 1980-84, awarded him a game ball to remember his 100th win. Did he have a favorite?
“R.E. Lee right here has to be one,” Walton said, referring to Broadway’s first victory against the Leemen, 84-78, on Jan. 26, 2010. “The monkey on our backs for so many years and so much pressure on our kids. We were close so many times. That’s a win I’ll never forget.”
That was also the season Walton’s son, Zach, began his varsity career, hitting a big 3-pointer as a sophomore to help lift the Gobblers to that win against Lee. In the three seasons Dwight Walton coached his son, he went 53-24 with a regional championship title in 2010.
Back-and-forth contests with Potomac Falls. Championship games versus close friend and Spotswood coach Chad Edwards, who was in attendance Friday. They were all fresh in Walton’s mind after the milestone.
“It’s special to have him here,” Walton said of Edwards. “It’s special to have Coach Leake here [who] I played for. It’s special to have my dad [Buddy Walton] here. Zach’s here.”
Add another memorable game to the list.
The Gobblers (5-7) shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) in the first half to take a 36-29 lead. Managing just 23 points the rest of the way, BHS leaned on 6-foot-3 sophomores Brenlee Reedy and Tanner Skidmore – who was making his first start of the season – against Sherando’s pair of 6-foot-7 giants Grant Golden and Jeremiah Curtis.
“Tanner Skidmore played huge,” Walton said. “He didn’t know his job until after school.”
It was a big job: guarding Golden, a Division I prospect. Golden had 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 3:17 left in overtime and BHS leading 61-59.
Reedy and Skidmore combined for 17 points and had 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively, cleaning up more than a third of Sherando’s misses.
“Two sophomores playing like seniors tonight,” Phares said. “That’s all. They dominated.”
A key 16-6 run started a 21-point fourth quarter for the Warriors (3-5), who trailed 49-38 after the third. During a patient set after a timeout, junior guard Jordan Henry buried a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 55-54 with 54 seconds to go in regulation.
Later, with Sherando down 59-56 after a Skidmore putback, Curtis deflected a long BHS inbounds pass. Henry corralled the loose ball, hurried up the floor and forced overtime by hitting a 3-pointer with 3 seconds on the clock.
“I had to find a way to shoot a 3 at that point to tie it up,” said Henry, who led SHS with 16 points. “Pretty excited. As you saw, I got pretty pumped up and my team was pumped up, too.”
Curtis, a double-double machine who missed large chunks of the game due to multiple fouls in the first three minutes, made two free throws in overtime to give the Warriors a 63-62 lead with 2:01 left. But a critical Sherando foul on a moving screen at the 1:24 mark set the stage for the Gobblers, who went 4-for-6 at the foul line down the stretch.
Isaiah Williams had 14 points and Azjier Outler added eight for the Warriors. Curtis managed six points and seven rebounds.
Senior guard Dakotah Hahn chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds for BHS.
“We had a nice little come together talk here about two weeks ago,” Walton said. “… We just decided we were going to communicate. I think it was the biggest thing we weren’t doing, and I think it’s the biggest thing we are doing right now.”
Williams 6 1-2 14, Outler 4 0-1 8, Henry 5 3-3 16, Golden 6 1-1 13, Curtis 2 2-2 6, Brisco 1 2-2 4, Dolsen 0 2-2 2. Totals: 24 11-13 63.
Skidmore 4 0-1 8, Williams 1 3-6 5, Phares 5 5-10 18, Reedy 2 4-7 9, Hahn 8 0-0 16, Delawder 1 0-0 2, Conley 2 0-0 4, Mills 2 0-0 4. Totals: 25 12-24 66.
Sherando 18 11 9 21 4 – 63
Broadway 18 18 13 10 7 – 66
3-Pointers—Sher 4 (Henry 3, Williams); BHS 4 (Phares 3, Reedy). Fouls—Sher 23; BHS 15. Fouled Out—Sher (Golden). Rebounds—Sher 35 (Golden 8); BHS 42 (Reedy 12).