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Chambers leads BCHS honorees

Five players from Buckingham County High School’s varsity boys basketball team received 2016-17 all-conference recognition, led by senior guard Antonio Chambers, who was named to the All-Courthouse Conference 37 first team.

“We were really pleased with the voting by the coaches in Conference 37, recognizing five of our players,” Knights Head Coach Russ Gowin said.

Senior guard Gray Heslip and junior center Brycen Newby were named to the second team, while sophomore guard Andrew Johnson Jr. and freshman forward Trevor Kelly received honorable mentions.

The Knights finished the season with a 10-11 overall record after starting at 1-5.

Chambers finished as the runner-up in the voting for conference Player of the Year, behind only senior forward Zemar Anderson, of conference champion Dan River High School.

Gowin described Chambers’ season as fantastic, noting it was the first year he had played for Buckingham’s varsity squad.

“He was so consistent all year long for us,” the coach said. “He averaged 23.2 points per game, and he led our team in steals, as well.”

Across 20 games, Chambers averaged 5.9 rebounds, three steals and 2.3 assists.

Highlighting Heslip, Gowin said, “He was second on the team in scoring, second on the team in steals, he was our top three-point shooter. … When he’s on the floor, he just stretches the floor for everyone.”

Newby led the team in rebounding and blocked shots.

“He’s just a defensive presence,” Gowin said. “When he’s on the floor, we’re just a better defensive team.”