The Belvoir Barracudas, despite unleashing a second-period offensive rally that nearly tipped the scales in the home-team’s favor, fell to the Burke Warriors, 64-43, in an intense Fairfax County Youth Basketball League 8th Grade Boy’s Division-1 showdown, Saturday at Wells Field House.

The home squad tipped off the first half staring down a defense that used a full-court press right out of the starting gate; a nearly unshakable double-team; and the use of the fast break with virtually every board. Despite Barracuda guards, Danny Kennelo, Jamal Miles and Austin Harris, employing a rapid-fire passing game around the perimeter, Burke forced a series of steals all over the hardwood that set the pattern for the opening period.

As a result, Belvoir went to the bench trailing 42-15 at halftime.

But, from the opening throw-in of the second period, spectators met a newly energized Barracudas team that quickly reduced Burke’s scoring fortunes. Kennelo; Miles; and Harris; along with center-forward, Cooper Robinson; and forward, Xavier Missick; dialed in the passing game and began exploiting all opportunities to drive the lane for scores and freebies from the foul line. At the opposite end of the court, Belvoir’s intensified man defense caused multiple turnovers, resulting in a string of scores and narrowing the deficit to 15 heading into the final two minutes of regulation play.

Unfortunately for Belvoir, Burke managed to drain the remaining time from the game clock with long, cross-court passes, while sinking a trio of three-pointers to extend its lead, denying the Barracudas a chance to continue its promising comeback effort.

Final score: Burke 64, Belvoir 43.

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