Charlottesville boys basketball’s offense has been explosive of late, but after a busy week with wins Monday and Wednesday, the Black Knights weren’t knocking down everything in sight Friday night.
Their defense was doing enough in front of a raucous crowd though to lift the Black Knights to a 53-49 victory and hold off a scrappy effort from Monticello.
Zymir Faulkner led the Black Knights with 14 points and Nick Motley finished with 13 while Isaiah Washington notched 10 points. Jake Bowling chipped in eight points.
Monticello managed to make things interesting with a fourth quarter surge, outscoring Charlottesville 19-12 in that frame. But the Black Knights went 8-for-13 at the free throw line to keep Monticello at arm’s length.
Kasai Hansberry led that fourth quarter assault for the Mustangs with 12 of his 16 points coming in the fourth. Justin McCartney finished with 11 points while Michael Gry had eight and Dylan Scheel had nine points for Monticello.
Charlottesville will look to keep things rolling with a Tuesday night clash at home against up-and-coming Orange County while the Mustangs will look to build on pushing the Black Knights to the brink when they travel to Albemarle Monday.