WAYNESBORO — The Waynesboro boys basketball team picked up a critical nonconference win over visiting Fluvanna County on Thursday night, defeating the Flucos 68-55 on Thursday night.
With both teams needing momentum heading into the holiday break, it was Waynesboro who made the clutch plays in the fourth period to open up what had been a close game.
With the outcome in the balance, Waynesboro junior guard Peja Brent hit back-to-back 3-pointers to increase a four-point lead to 10. Brent then scored on an assist from junior Dayvon Young and later drained another trey on an assist from junior post man Damien Fisher.
“That was a key sequence,” said Fluvanna third-year head coach Jason Davis. “We allowed them to get some open shots during that stretch.”
The Flucos (1-8) never recovered, although Ford DeVault answered with a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining and Chris Whittle dropped in a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 62-53 with 1:26 remaining.
Waynesboro finished off the game with two free throws from senior Danny Glover and a basket by freshman Devonte Laureano-Muse for the final margin.
Brent led all scorers with 18 points for Waynesboro (3-6).
“He shoots well when he’s open,” said WHS head coach Sydney Diggs.
Junior guard Sean Cardoza had a solid all-around game for Waynesboro, finishing with a dozen points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Fisher finished with 11 points. A total of 10 players hit the scoresheet for the Little Giants.
For Fluvanna, John Rittenhouse led the way with 12 points, with freshman guard Kobe Edmonds scoring 11.
“[Edmonds] has a good basketball I.Q.,” Davis said.
The Flucos are back in action Friday night, hosting Louisa in a girls and boys varsity doubleheader.
“We’ve gotten off to a tough start; we’ve lost two buzzer-beaters and we’ve been in every game but one,” Davis said. “We’ve got to learn how to win in close games.”