The first time the Culpeper boys basketball team faced Sherando, Cameron Cropp made six 3-pointers to help the Blue Devils earn a victory.
Tuesday night it was like déjà vu, as Cropp again knocked down six 3’s on his way to a 20-point effort in a 59-56 win over the visiting Warriors.
“We found a hole where we could put [Cropp] and his teammates found him and he got hot early,” Culpeper head coach James Thompson said. “He always plays within himself and never tries to do too much, but if he’s open I tell him to shoot.”
While Cropp was clicking from outside, Quentin Butler was the answer Culpeper (3-8 overall, 2-3 Class 4 Northwestern District) needed inside. The 6-foot-4 sophomore was a strong rebounder and managed to get to the free throw line on multiple occasions throughout the night. Two of those free throws gave the Blue Devils a 31-30 halftime lead.
Butler scored 14 points in the contest.
“Since he’s been back, he’s been averaging 13 points a game,” Thompson said of Butler, who missed several games in December due to an injury. “I’m so proud of him. He only averaged four a game on JV last season, so he’s growing every night.”
JoJo Crenshaw knocked down a 3-pointer of his own four seconds into the third quarter, buoying Culpeper to a 48-41 advantage by the end of the frame.
Leading 58-49 with 1:12 remaining in the game, the Blue Devils struggled to control the ball. A pair of layups and a 3 by the Warriors’ Zachary Symons pulled them within 58-56 with 20 seconds to go. Crenshaw, who tallied 10 points on the night, converted a free throw in the final seconds to seal the win for Culpeper.
“Basketball is a game of runs,” Thompson said. “I’m glad we got the win tonight and now we have to focus on Fauquier on Friday.”