Nearly a week off from games seems to have served the Western Albemarle’s boys basketball team quite well.
The Warriors needed to bounce back after letting a clash with Orange last Friday slip away late, but travelling to unbeaten Louisa wasn’t going to make that bounce back easy.
Western proved up to the task, handing the Lions their first loss of the year in a 67-52 win.
Tommy Mangrum exploded for 28 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Mangrum went 13-for-14 at the free throw line, with the bulk of those at the charity stripe coming in the second half.
Mangrum and Eli Yordy played a critical role in the 20-3 second quarter run that turned an 11-10 edge at the end of the first quarter into a 31-13 advantage by halftime. Yordy scored eight of his 13 in the second while Mangrum had six. Gabe Nafziger and Garrett Livermon each had a three in the frame.
From there, Western (8-7) held on, knocking down free throws to close the deal during the second half. Western was 25-for-31 at the line as a team, with Yordy going 3-for-3. Daniel Brown stepped up defensively for the Warriors and pulled down eight rebounds.
Despite that team-wide offensive struggle in the second quarter from Louisa (11-1), Chris Shelton finished with 19 points in the second half while Xavien Hunter had 13 and Mark Carter chipped in eight. Louisa went 21-for-31 at the line as a squad.
The Warriors will look to keep the momentum going against Monticello on the road Friday night while Louisa will look to shake off the loss on the road against Powhatan.