Central’s Smith stands tall as Dragons topple Pirates

WILLIAMSBURG — The Central boys basketball team has owned the Williamsburg Blue Pirate Boosters Holiday Tournament, taking home first place six years running.

After downing Northern Bedford by 33 points in Friday’s first round, the Scarlet Dragons made it seven years in a row with an equally dominate 84-49 win over the host team Saturday’s championship game.

Four Central players scored in double digits, led by Joey Smith’s 18 points. The 6-foot-5 senior also grabbed 14 rebounds and for the second straight year was named tournament MVP.

Preston Karstetter had a double-double as well with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Throw in Noah Muthler’s six rebounds, and Central completely dominated the boards throughout.

“We rebounded well the whole game,” Central coach Reggie Nevins said. “We have an obvious size advantage over them. Their guys really battled hard inside, but Joey played a great game. Karstetter played a great game the whole way around too.”

Central jumped out to a 6-0 lead and led 13-8 late in the first quarter before Dylan James drained a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to make it a 2-point game after one.

Williamsburg trimmed the Dragon lead to one twice early in the second quarter, leading Nevins to call timeout 1:13 into the quarter.

Central exploded after that, ripping off nine straight points as part of a 20-4 run over the next four minutes.

“Coach told us we needed to settle into our offense better,” Smith said. “Once we started running our plays effectively, they couldn’t stop us. He told us to lock down on defense, too. Our defense has been amazing this year.”

Smith sank a jump shot immediately following the timeout, and Muthler sandwiched a pair of buckets around a Karstetter 3.

Williamsburg scored the next two buckets, but it only slowed Central momentarily. Karstetter hit two more 3-pointers, and Luke Williams added another trey to put the Dragons up 37-20.

“Everyone we have out there can shoot, and anytime we get the ball, we just tell them to fire it up and get on the boards,” Smith said.

Williamsburg trailed by 13 at halftime, but Josiah Dowey made it a 10-point game with a 3-pointer to open the third quarter. The Blue Pirates got another 3 from Nick Michelone as well, but when Smith grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a bucket in the waning moments of the quarter, Central was up 17 once again, 56-39.

The Dragons outscored Williamsburg 28-10 in the fourth to blow the game wide open.

“Joey Smith is a tough match up for us. We do not have an answer for 6-6 when he controls the boards on both ends” Williamsburg coach Brock Anders said. “We are outclassed with Central as they are much bigger in size and classification, and it is difficult if we don’t play a perfect game in order to compete.”

Luke Williams finished with 12 points, and Thad Albright scored 11 for Central. Rashadd Knorr and Michelone led Williamsburg with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Central improves to 6-2 but could very easily be 8-0, Nevins said.

“Our defense has been really good, and our rebounding’s been solid all year. Offensively, it comes and goes. Sometimes we get a little careless with the ball and turn the ball over, but we keep getting better and better,” he said. “We’re really happy to be 6-2, and we’re really only a couple plays away from being 8-0. Lost one in overtime and another where Joey got hurt. We never dreamed that before the season started.”

In the consolation game, Philipsburg-Osceola doubled up Northern Bedford by halftime and held on for the win after weathering a four-point third quarter.

Dane Soltys led a balanced effort for the Mounties with eight points. Case Donaldson and Jaden Fernandez shared scoring honors for Northern with eight points apiece

Soltys and Donaldson were named to the all-tournament team along with Karstetter, Muthler, Knorr and Michelone. Albright won top defensive player honors and Williamsburg’s Trevor Butler received the sportsmanship award.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

CENTRAL (84): Smith 9 0-3 18, Karstetter 6 0-1 16, Williams 5 0-1 12, Muthler 2 0-1 4, Albright 5 1-3 11, Klotz 2 4-4 8, Kitt 2 0-0 4, Liebal 1 0-0 2, Rupert 1 1-2 3, Eberlin 1 2-2 4, Brumbaugh 0 2-2 2, Ebersole 0 0-0 0. Totals — 34 10-19 84.

WILLIAMSBURG (49): R. Knorr 6 3-3 15, Michelone 6 1-1 14, Dowey 3 0-0 7, James 2 0-0 6, Butler 0 0-0 0, P. Knorr 1 0-0 3, Brantner 2 0-0 4, Ross 0 0-0 0, Uplinger 0 0-0 0, McCall 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 4-4 47.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Central 13 25 18 28 — 84

Williamsburg 11 14 14 10 — 49

3-point goals: Central 6 (Karstetter 4, Williams 2); Williamsburg 5 (Michelone, Dowey, James 2, P. Knorr).

Records: Central (6-2); Williamsburg (2-4).

CONSOLATION GAME

NORTHERN BEDFORD (32): Clouse 0 0-0 0, Dasher 2 1-4 5, Diehl 3 0-0 6, Donaldson 3 0-0 8, Fernandez 3 1-1 8, Foor 2 1-1 5, Leidy 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 3-6 32.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA (40): Jones 2 0-4 4, Soltys 4 0-1 8, Richardson 3 0-0 6, Slogosky 1 0-0 2, Whitehead 2 2-2 7, Scalzo 2 0-0 4, Kephart 0 0-0 0, Soltis 1 0-1 2, Wisor 3 0-0 6, Harkins 0 1-2 1. Totals — 18 3-10 40.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Northern Bedford 10 2 10 10 — 32

Philipsburg-Osceola 15 9 4 12 — 40

3-point goals: Northern Bedford 3 (Donaldson 2, Fernandez); Philipsburg-Osceola 1 (Whitehead).

Records: Northern Bedford (3-5); Philipsburg-Osceola (3-5).

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