NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Senior Tevin Andrews had 22 points and 13 rebounds while junior Latrone Demiel added 16 points as the Apprentice School put away a pesky Williamson Trade 70-60 to close out day two of the 2013 Martin Luther King Classic.
The Builders never trailed in the contest, but saw the game tied on three occasions. After a Tevin Andrews 3-pointer put the Builders 16-9 with 15:38 left, the Mechanics went on a 16-7 spurt to tie the game with 9:51 left on a Reggie Richardson jumper.
Apprentice School got the lead back to five points in a Lavontae Tohmas 3-pointer with seven minutes left, but saw Williamson tie the game at 32-all on a Justin Swift 3-pointer with 3:49 left. That turned into the final tie of the game as the Builders scored the next seven points to lead 39-32 on a jumper by Andrews with 39 seconds left.
In the second half, Williamson cut an eight point deficit down to one on three occasions with a pair of Swift free throws bringing the Mechanics to 57-56 with 6:53 left. From there, the Builders went on an 11-2 run to lead 68-58 on a 3-pointer from Andrews with 2:30 left.
Demiel had 16 points in 19 minutes to join Andrews in double figures for the Builders as they hit 25-of-61 from the field (41%), 10-of-26 from 3-point range (38.5%) and 10-of-16 free throws (62.5%). Junior Terrence Palmer chipped in with eight points and six rebounds, while sophomore Johnnie Ferebee had seven points and dished out a career high 11 assists and Thomas had seven points and six rebounds.
Williamson Trade, who entered ranked sixth in the USCAA Division II Coaches Poll, was paced by Swift with 17 points, Reggie Richardson with 14, Julian Stewart with 12 and Debro Curtis with 10 and a team-high eight rebounds. The Mechanics shot 23-of-71 from the field (32.4%), 4-of16 from 3-point range (25%) and 10-of-13 from the foul line (76.9%).
Apprentice School, who entered this weekend ranked seventh in the USCAA Division I Coaches Poll, will close out the tournament facing Virginia University of Lynchburg – ranked 15th in the Division I poll – at 5 pm.