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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Top 10 Games of 2015-16: #4: The 3A State Boys Basketball Championship: Hopewell Falls In Heartbreaker

After losing to I.C. Norcom in the 3A East Region Championship 83-56, there was a small, vocal, and hopeful contingent of Hopewell Blue Devil fans who came to the Siegel Center on Saturday evening, March 12.

They, and the team, were hopeful of a turnaround. And though the final seconds did not go the way Blue Devil fans hoped, Hopewell presented a masterful performance which took Norcom's breath away, coming razor-thin close to the major upset, before a signature play to end a signature run by Travis Fields of the Greyhounds gave them the 3A title, 67-65 in overtime.

Fields ended with 30 points, much of them coming late in the fourth quarter and in overtime and being saddled for much of the second half with foul trouble. He helped erase a late four-point Blue Devil lead in regulation, then, in one of the most memorable plays of a week filled with them at Siegel Center, Fields nailed the last-second shot that gave the Greyhounds the title, snatching the championship hopes away from the Blue Devils.

But in a statement showing much class, pride, and wisdom, first-year Hopewell head coach Kurt Young presented the night in perfect perspective, giving the night, and season performance of his team proper accolades. Read his comments in Nick Vandeloecht's article from The Progress Index by clicking here.

Congratulations to Hopewell Blue Devils boys basketball, with a performance worthy of the #4 Game of 2015-16 from RVA Sports Network!

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