Broad Run 63,
With college scouts in the stands circling senior Ryan Koppel's number on the roster and admiring his long-range jump shot, Broad Run senior Kirk Melvin quietly brought himself to their attention Tuesday night in the Spartans' 63-52 win at Fauquier.
Melvin, an athletic small forward, scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and was instrumental in holding Fauquier to 20 percent shooting in the first half.
"Ryan is going to draw a lot of attention because of last year," said Melvin, who was talking to coaches from Virginia Wesleyan, a Division III school, after the game. "I just try to come out and play hard, and if I get some looks from some schools, that is what I am hoping for."
Broad Run (2-0) led by 17 points in the third quarter, but Fauquier (0-1) went on a 7-0 run at the end of the period to whittle the lead to 10. Fauquier senior Kevin Kelley converted a three-point play with 3 minutes 56 seconds remaining in the game to make the score 50-45, but the Falcons never pulled closer as Broad Run hit 13 of 14 free throws in the final three minutes.
"It was our first game and their second, but that's not an excuse," said Kelley, who had 21 points in the game. "We should've come out in the first half a little harder. [In the first half] we had butterflies in our stomachs. We got all nervous, and we couldn't hit a shot. In the second half, we just forgot to be nervous and came out with more confidence."
Melvin was matched up with Kelley for most of the game, holding the Falcons' leading scorer to eight points in the first half. His hard work on the defensive end did not sap his offensive abilities as Melvin often brought the ball up the floor to initiate the offense and scored 12 of his 20 points in the last half.
"It's tough to try to guard Kevin Kelley," Melvin said. "He's a great scorer. We kind of had his number in the first half, but you can't stop a good player like that the whole game. He's going to get his points."
Kelley did score 13 points in the second half, but Broad Run protected its lead because of its free-throw ability. In the Spartans' first game against Handley, they squandered a 20-point lead and held on to win by two. They won more comfortably Tuesday because Koppel made 5 of 6 free throws and and senior guards Ryan Ball and Nadar Alhooie were both 4 for 4.
"We got it close," Kelley said, "but they did a great job hitting their free throws."