Washington beats Sherando in opener

STEPHENS CITY, Va. — Washington scored 48 points in the second half to overcome a short halftime deficit in defeating Sherando, 84-78. It was Washington’s season opener while the Warriors went to 1-1.

Trailing, 40-36, at halftime, the Patriots produced a 25-point third quarter and followed that with a 23-point fourth quarter to hold off the late-moving Warriors.

The Patriots had done enough to hold an 18-point lead they had with only a little more than five minutes remaining. Pressure defense was the major factor in Sherando’s comeback.

Missed free throws and a spate of turnovers cost the Patriots much of their lead as Sherando ended the game on a 19-7 run.

Dominique Newman scored 24 points (going 9-for-15 at the foul line) to lead Washington’s scorers. Jerome Jones had 16 points and Maleke Jones added another 15 points. Maleke Jones was 8-for-8 from the foul line.

Newman was limited to three points in the first half, but helped light the Washington scoring fuse in the third quarter with 15 of the team’s 25 points. He had three long-range three-point field goals. Jerome Jones had a pair of three-point field goals.

Kendell Smith had eight points but made only 2-of-8 free throws. Keldon Bell chipped in with seven points.

As a team, Washington was 25-for-39 from the charity stripe.

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