2018-02-09 / Sports

Highlanders run away in the 2nd half

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock


Heathwood Hall’s Matthew Lee protects the ball as Ben Lippen’s Chris Haynesworth and others scramble to get back on defense. Heathwood Hall’s Matthew Lee protects the ball as Ben Lippen’s Chris Haynesworth and others scramble to get back on defense. *Find these pictures and lots more here!


The homestanding Heathwood Hall Highlanders outscored the Ben Lippen Falcons by 14 points in the second half to turn a close contest into a runaway, eventually winning 62-50 in a SCISA Region I- 3A boys’ basketball game Tuesday, February 6.

Matthew Lee led the Highlanders with a gamehigh 20 points. Isaiah Caldwell added 16, and Justice Hill finished with 13. DQ Joseph chipped in nine, and Donovan Arrington and Graham Kemper each had two to complete the scoring for Heathwood.

Javian Bellamy was the high scorer for Ben Lippen with 16 points. Aaron Oelhafen finished with 12, Tyrique Brown had eight, and Will Cureton got six. Jack Wegren, Chris Haynesworth, Graham Jones, and Alden Gibbs had two points each.

The Falcons got two 3-pointers each from Oelhafen and Bellamy to lead 14-9 late in the first, but a floater through the lane from Lee, a couple of free throws from Arrington, and a conventional 3- point play from Joseph gave Heathwood a 16-14 edge before Brown’s stickback tied it at the end of one.

Bellamy started the second with another three for Ben Lippen, but the Highlanders answered with five straight from Lee. Four ties and three lead changes later, Gibbs’s lay in gave the Falcons a 29- 27 advantage at the break.

Heathwood tied the game with a fast break basket from Caldwell to start the third, took a 31- 29 lead on a jumper from Joseph, and essentially never looked back.

Caldwell scored ten points in the quarter and Hill added another, nine helping the Highlanders build a 52-41 lead at the end of three.

Bellamy hit a 3- pointer with 6:02 remaining to cut the Ben Lippen deficit to 56-46, but that was as close as the Falcons would get.

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