Eagles fall to Islanders

Published 9:16 pm Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The ninth-seeded Prince Edward County High School varsity boys basketball team lost 54-47 to host No. 8 Poquoson High School on Friday in the first round of the Region 2A tournament to bring the Eagles’ 2018-19 season to a close.

Eagles Head Coach Michael Jackson Jr. said he did not think his team’s performance against the Islanders was bad.

“(It was the) first game that we’ve had where there were multiple shooters on the floor,” he said. “It took us too long to adjust and eliminate some of the easy buckets that they were getting. If we played the entire game like we did the fourth quarter, it would have been a different outcome, but I can’t take anything from Poquoson. They were fundamentally sound and very well coached — hats off to them.”

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Leading Prince Edward on offense was senior guard Tajh White, with 20 points, while senior guard Rah’Quan Payne added 13 points.

The Eagles finished the season with a 9-11 overall record.

“I think the team feels that our team should’ve been different,” Jackson said. “(The) outcome of a few games weren’t the ones that we wanted, but unfortunately, sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Every moment is a learning moment.”

This season was a learning experience for both coach and players.

“Coming in and taking over for Coach (James) Scott after 35 years, it took the guys a little longer to buy in and ‘trust the process,’ which I believe was a challenge in the beginning for the guys, and it took longer than expected for it to ‘click,’” Jackson said. “(I’m) very proud of each and every one of the guys who fought in battle with their brothers, day in and day out.”