“Hey, Travis,” Robinson said. “Have fun out there.”
On cue, a quick loose ball bounced Fulgham’s way with an open path to the basket ahead. With a few dribbles, Fulgham leaped and threw down his third dunk of the night in Broad Run’s 69-61 victory over rival Briar Woods in Ashburn.
Fulgham finished the game with 33 points, sparking his team with his play above the rim.
“It’s a big game on the calendar,” Fulgham said. “We wanted to play hard and beat them.”
After beginning the game with an early bucket to thwart a 5-0 Falcons run, Fulgham scored his other 31 points after the first quarter.
His first dunk, at the 6 minute 13 second mark of the second quarter, seemed to spark the offense. It helped continue what was ultimately a 23-4 run that started late in the first quarter.
“He always ups the momentum, and when he does that it makes us play harder,” Broad Run guard Khiorie Stewart said. “Once Travis starts dunking, we feed into the excitement and play at a different pace.”
Fulgham’s game wasn’t limited to points in the paint, though. The 6-foot-3 forward hit two threes, with the second being the biggest shot of the game. With Briar Woods (10-5, 2-2 Va. Conference 14) cutting Broad Run’s lead to 49-47 in the fourth quarter, Fulgham broke the Falcons’ 1-3-1 zone with a three-pointer from the right corner.
“It was big because they were coming back,” Fulgham said. “It switched the momentum up. It got us on the right track to win the game.”
Broad Run (12-1, 4-0) has now won 11 games in a row.
Center Darrell Ramey led the Falcons with 16 points. Guard Spencer Hatcher scored 14, and guard Connor Gaines contributed 10. After starting the season 10-2, Briar Woods has dropped its past three games.
Stewart, who celebrated his 18th birthday Friday, added 17 points for the Spartans. He also hit two three-pointers in the win.
Fulgham said he first dunked a ball in eighth grade, when he was 5-foot-8. The athleticism he brings to Broad Run has been a key to the Spartans’ success this season.
“It’s a team effort,” Fulgham said. “We connected real quick after football season, and it’s been big so far.”