Over the past 21/2weeks, Colonial Beach has turned into an offensive powerhouse, making 90-point games the norm. Colonial Beach has scored 648 points in those seven games, an average of 92.6 points each time it steps onto the court. Not surprisingly, it has won them all and is 15-4 this season (12-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference).
It's not a half-court offense the Drifters are running in Westmoreland County. Colonial Beach is an up-tempo, transition team that will shoot the three-pointer early and often. "Anybody that pays four dollars to watch us play flat out gets their money's worth," Coach Steve Swope said.
Colonial Beach features one of the area's leading scorers in senior Tim Ford, a 6-foot, 180-pound point guard who transferred from King George in late November, just in time for the basketball season. Ford, who ranks 11th in scoring in the area at 23 points per game, has been on a tear during this stretch: three 39-point performances, a 31-point effort, and games of 22, 21 and 19 points.
"Tim Ford is absolutely turning into the player that we knew he would be," Swope said.
Three other players are averaging double figures: 6-1 guard Joey Swope (the coach's son, 14.1 ppg), 6-0 forward Lambros Koufoudakis (11.6 ppg) and 6-3, 225-pound power forward Neal Coleman (17.9 ppg). Swope has 59 three-pointers this season and ranks fifth in the area with an average of 3.1 per game, while Coleman is pulling down 10 rebounds per game.
The high school is very small, with only about 200 students. But somehow the Drifters have found that right combination on the basketball court. Swope said it's a "nice breakdown of roles."
"Remember how the Chicago Bulls used to be, with Jordan and Pippen and Kukoc. We have that same sort of complementary thing," Swope said. "Tim is like a gazelle on the open floor. Joey is a spot-up three-baller who can wreck some zones. Lambros is a slasher scorer, and then we have Neal, our big post player."
-- Dave Yanovitz