RICHMOND – Radford’s and James River’s boys basketball teams have their second date of the season Saturday at 5 p.m. in Richmond.

The Region C, Division 2 rivals advanced to the state championship game Thursday night—but in different fashions.

River's Jordan Talbott (22) drives to the basket in the Knights' 65-31 state semi-final win over George Mason Thursday night.
River's Jordan Talbott (22) drives to the basket in the Knights' 65-31 state semi-final win over George Mason Thursday night.

Radford needed overtime to take out Lancaster 67-61 while James River breezed past George Mason 65-31 at VCU’s Siegel Center.

The two teams hold title to the past two Division 2 state championships. The Bobcats won it in 2009 and the Knights are the defending champs.

River also is the Region C champion after beating Radford 56-52 on the Knights’ home floor two weeks ago.

Radford’s girls were on track to make the finals, too. They led George Mason 32-16 in the second quarter of that semi-final game Friday afternoon.

There were some worried looks in Radford's student section as regulation came to a close in Thursday night's state semi-final game. The Bobcats took the game into overtime and beat Lancaster 67-61 to advance to the Division 2 championship game with James River Saturday at 5 p.m.
There were some worried looks in Radford's student section as regulation came to a close in Thursday night's state semi-final game. The Bobcats took the game into overtime and beat Lancaster 67-61 to advance to the Division 2 championship game with James River Saturday at 5 p.m.

If the Lady Bobcats’ lead holds up, they’ll play at 3 p.m. Saturday for the state championship.

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