Game write-up below on the game from the RTD: https://richmond.com/sports/high-school/timely-steals-daughtry-help-l-c-bird-turn-back-james-river/article_ff194409-209c-519c-b2e0-fce8af46fa09.html#utm_source=richmond.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletter-templates%2Fpreps&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_content=4fbfa712e09a6eb84277db8141506fd6faa91a82
To the L.C. Bird boys basketball team’s ID card this season, put this under height: everywhere.
Playing as fast as possible on offense and constantly pressuring ballhandlers on defense have been signatures for the Skyhawks under coach Troy Manns. Opponents now had better be able to throw the ball around and over some college-sized guards.
Bird can put 6-foot-5 guard Jaden Daughtry, 6-5 guard Bryce Blaine, 6-4 guard Promyse Ferguson, 6-3 guard Yuri Manns or 6-2 guard Davien Banks on the ball. Behind them are forwards ranging from 6-6 to 6-9.
“This is the biggest team overall we’ve ever had,” Manns said.
“What we’re doing right now is we’re learning on the fly, and we’re very appreciative of having the opportunity to play,” Manns said.
He’s learning he has another dimension with the diverse game of Daughtry, a junior transfer from Benedictine. He has offers from Old Dominion, Norfolk State, Marshall and Hampton, among others.
The left-hander had 23 points, 11 in the fourth quarter. Blaine had 15 points.
They cut the deficit to five by halftime, held Bird to three points in third quarter, and took the lead on Miles Johnson’s 3-pointer with 2:54 left in the third period. Their advantage was 40-39 with 6:23 remaining in the game when Daughtry scored inside and was fouled by a player who wore a jersey number that didn’t match the scorebook, resulting in a technical foul and a possible seven-point sequence.
“I thought we had about three slip-ups [with turnovers] late,” James River coach Andrew Blazar said. “That’s their identity as a program, and they’re going to punish you every time you turn the ball over, especially those live-ball turnovers.
“We’re going to be good. Like I told the guys after the game, we played far from our best basketball and lost to the best team we’ll play in the regular season by two or three baskets.”
L.C. Bird 20 14 3 24 – 61
James River 13 16 9 17 — 55