By Richard Miller on February 13, 2020
The First Flight Middle School Seahawks faced the River Road Rockets for the Albemarle Athletic Conference boy’s basketball championship at the Currituck County Middle School gym on February 12. Although the Seahawks were coming off a big win against Currituck only 2 days before, First Flight had dropped their previous games against River Road. The Currituck gym was packed with fans for both teams to see if First Flight could continue riding the wave of success or River Road would sweep the Seahawks this season.
For three quarters it looked as if First Flight would ride that wave. At the end of the first quarter it was 13-6, at the half 36-18, and at the end of three quarters 41-31, all First Flight. But River Road took a page from the Seahawks book and staged a major comeback during the fourth quarter that featured a strong, pressing defense.
First Flight could not decipher the defense and turned the ball over and River Road responded with quick buckets. The Seahawks offense would also go cold. With 27.7 seconds the score was 45-43, River Road, and First Flight had the ball to inbound. But that was how the game would end and the Rockets would be conference Champions.
It was clear on the faces of many Seahawks that the loss was hard to take. But it was also very clear that both teams left everything on the court and they should be proud of their play; both teams represented well their schools, community, and fans.
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