What is it about The Southerner Classic at Lee-Davis High School? For the second straight year since its return to the holiday basketball scene, its championship game produced an absolute classic, proving you don't have to be in a region or state final, or be among the best teams in the state to produce a Top 10 game.
Caroline's David Ware had a monster night with a 31-point effort as the Cavaliers and Coloinals went toe-to-toe all game long, Colonial Heights trying to repeat as Southerner Classic Champions. In the 2015 final, after watching host Lee-Davis hit a possible game-winning jumper with ten seconds left, the Colonials answered with a buzzer-beating trey to take the title.
A year later, it would be the Colonials earning the would-be winning shot as Brandon Smith attacked the lane and completed an And One which you heard live on RVA Sports Network and saw on Twitter, nailing the free throw for a 67-64 lead. A final, frantic rush by Caroline fell short trying to send the game to overtime, and the Colonials repeated as Southerner Classic Champions.
If we had a Top 10 Celebration Bus Rides countdown, the Colonial Heights trip home from Mechanicsville certainly would've made the countdown as well. :)
CLICK HERE to see Smith's And One that clinched the win, and the title, for the Colonials.
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