Elvin Edmonds IV with 28 points, D'Monte Brown with 35

PETERSBURG - The Crimson Wave stormed out the gate red-hot.

D'Monte Brown, quick and athletic, found the net three straight times to help Petersburg rocket out to an 8-0 lead to start the game.

Then the Hopewell Blue Devils fired up their three-point game...

...and took a 27-14 point lead at first quarter's end.

Freshman Elvin Edmonds IV and senior Faizhon Taylor feasted from behind the arc, combining on 10 of their team's 15 three pointers in the Blue Devils' 83-67 triumph over Petersburg.

It was a big bounceback win for Hopewell after the team took a narrow 53-50 loss on the road to Meadowbrook - a team that Petersburg on Wednesday defeated 75-69.

"It was a big, man," Hopewell head coach Elvin Edmonds III said of Saturday's victory over the Crimson Wave. "We took a tough loss to a good team [Friday] night, so it was great to see the guys respond against a tough, physical team."

Edmonds IV knocked down six three's and led Hopewell in scoring with 28 points while adding three steals. Taylor netted 12 of his 17 total points on three's and also had six rebounds.

But despite the loss, Petersburg's D'Monte Brown had a monster game. Brown landed four three-pointers and led all players in the game with 35 points.

Hopewell improved to 9-3 while Petersburg is now 7-5.

After the Wave rolled out to an 8-0 advantage, Edmonds IV put his team on the board from behind the arc and netted the first five of his team's 10 unanswered points, with Faizhon Taylor sending Hopewell to the point on a three from the top of the key.

"We switched up the lineup a little bit, went small to kind of match up with their speed and the guys reponded," Coach Edmonds said.

AJ Brown tied the game for Petersburg, but Hopewell's outside shooting game stayed hot, and they took command at halftime, 53-34.

But with Upton Bailey making plays down the stretch and D'Monte Brown catching fire on his own three-point game, the Crimson Wave slashed the Blue Devils' lead all the way down into the single digits at the top of the fourth.

But clutch buckets from Taylor, Edmonds and Izeah Parker enabled Hopewell to balloon its advantage in the closing stages.

In two days, Hopewell and Petersburg will face each other once again, this time at Hopewell's place.

"Not much will change between now and Tuesday, so both teams know what the other team's trying to do," Coach Edmonds said, adding that it'll come down to which team wants it more.

Game time is Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:15 p.m. at Hopewell High School.