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Mon., Jan. 7 - Battlefield senior Roman Hall knocked down a season-high three 3-pointers, buried another six field goals and drained three foul shots as part of a 24-point performance Friday night in Haymarket, leading the Bobcats' varsity boys basketball team to an 85-56 win over Cedar Run District foe Osbourn.
Hall puts up 24, Glover 21 for BHS in win over OHS
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Meanwhile, junior teammate Jamison Glover sank 10 buckets of his own as part of a 21 point performance that kept Battlefield (10-5 overall, 3-1 district) within striking distance of district leader Stonewall Jackson (8-6, 4-0) leading into Tuesday night's showdown between the two arch rivals.
"Our target's to be number one," said Hall.
He credited teammates Terrell Walker (14 points) and Trevor Blondin (11 points) for helping him on fast-breaks with an up-tempo style of play that allowed Hall and Glover to continuously burn past the Eagles' defense after turnovers and defensive rebounds.
Blondin in particular brings a "smart game" when breaking off screens, said Hall.
Despite the win, Battlefield head coach Kurt Pauly appeared frustrated with his team's defense during a post-game interview.
"Our trapping wasn't where it nees to be," he said.
In fact, Osbourn entered the game averaging 44 points per game, which meant Battlefield allowed 12 more points than usual against a team that has not won since the second game of the season.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats are now averaging 68 points per night. The team has won 10 out of the last 12 games after starting the season 0-3.
"Scoring's not the problem," said Pauly.
After all, his team put up 29 points in the first quarter quite limiting Osbourn to just nine thanks to an early barrage of baskets that included a hoop by Glover and triple by Hall to open the game.
Instead, he took issue with his team's perimeter defense, which allowed the Eagles to build up 24 points on 3-pointers alone.
"We wanted to be aggressive. We've got some good athletes. But it has to be organized aggression," said Pauly about his team trying to force turnovers.
While starters Hall, Glover, Walker and Blondin made up most of Battlefield's offensive output, Kam Hedgepath (9 points) and Blake Pagon (6 points) added another 15 total points.
Seniors Tyler Tapscott (12 points) and Hugh Campbell (10 points) and sophomore Robert Aviles (10 points) each put up double digits for Osbourn while Justin Vargo (8 points), Connor Lane (7 points), Trevor Powell (7 points) and Tyler Withers (2 points) also contributed baskets of their own.
Osbourn actually out-shot Battlefield by an eight-to-six margin behind the 3-point arc, with Tapscott (three) and Aviles (two) hitting a combined five shots themselves.
Hall answered with three of his own while Walker, Blondin and Pagon all hit one for Battlefield.
The Eagles also performed considerably better than Battlefield from the free throw line with a 10-for-13 performance compared to the Bobcats' 9-for-22 showing.
Though Battlefield ended up losing 56-53 the next day on the road against Kellam, the out-of-conference match does not affect the Bobcats' seeding for the playoffs as the team enter the final four weeks of the regular season.
Five of Battlefield's remaining six games come against district opponents, which means that there is still enough time left in the season for anything to happen in the Cedar Run standings.
As for Osbourn (1-11, 0-4), the defending district champion enters the final stretch of the season in a world of hurt.
The 85 points put up by Battlefield marked the Eagles' worst defensive showing of the season while the 29-point loss is the second-worst point differential for Osbourn.
It came just two days after the Eagles fell in a 39-38 heart-breaker at home in Manassas against Freedom (South Riding).
Battlefield next heads to Nokesville for a district match against Patriot on Friday before playing its last non-conference match Jan. 16 at Osbourn Park.
Osbourn faces OP tonight at the Yellow Jackets' home court and hosts Stonewall Jackson on Friday.
All games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.