Hampton takes on Menchville at home during Peninsula District tournament action Tuesday.

HAMPTON — On what everyone knew would be his record-breaking night, Hampton's Anthony Barber was in a groove with 11 points early in the second quarter. At that rate, Tony Rutland's Peninsula District scoring mark would be history by halftime.

Then came Barber's third foul, which forced him to the bench for the final 5:35 of the first half. His rhythm disappeared, and the record was still Rutland's going into the final eight minutes.

Barber didn't rediscover his stroke, but he ended up with more than enough for the record. Barber's 20 points move his career total to 1,981, five more than he needed, and the second-seeded Crabbers handled No. 7 Menchville 62-40 in Tuesday's PD quarterfinals.

Barber tied Rutland on a drive with 7:07 remaining in the game. Then, with 5:02 left, he was fouled going to the goal. His first free throw put him over, though few in the stands seemed to know. After his second, Hampton called a timeout and Barber's record was announced over the PA system.

"It feels good," Barber said. "Tony Rutland was a good player and I just came out and played hard and got up there the way he did. I never knew he had it, and I don't think he knew. But I heard he wanted me to get the record, so I was striving to get it and win the game, too."

For Hampton coach Walter Brower, who coached against Rutland's Bethel team in the 1990s, it was a proud moment in his career.

"You get a player of that caliber once in a blue moon," he said of Barber. "He's a fine young man and he deserves it."

In clinching their fifth straight appearance in the Eastern Region tournament, the Crabbers (19-5) led 18-4 after making seven of their first 11 shots, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point arc. Menchville missed six of its first eight shots and had four turnovers in the first quarter.

Barber began the second period with a 3-pointer from the left corner that made it 21-4 and gave him 11 points. Then came his third foul, which came on the offensive end and benched him for the rest of the half.

Having won both regular-season games by a combined 47 points, Hampton was the obvious favorite. But in the PD tournament, it's the quarterfinal round that has the win-or-else pressure.

"We told them before the game, this is the big one," Brower said. "This is the most important one. And we came out with intensity on defense."

Hampton, which clinched a spot in the Eastern Region tournament, will play No. 3 Phoebus in the second semifinal game on Thursday night.

HAMPTON 62, MENCHVILLE 40

MENCHVILLE (8-14): Cooper 2, Burton 2, McLean-Burrell 9, Washington 6, Anderson 3, Hinson 8, Knight 6, Lake 4. Totals: 16 7-13 40.

HAMPTON (19-5): Baker 16, Moore 2, Barber 20, Sapp 3, Addison 2, Pressly 1, Perry 10, Royal 7, Benford 1. Totals: 23 10-18 62.

Menchville;4;10;6;20—40

Hampton;18;11;15;18—62

3-pointers: Menchville 1 (Anderson 1), Hampton 6 (Baker 2, Barber 2, Sapp 1, Perry 1).

Hampton girls 63, Phoebus 30

It took the third-seeded Crabbers until the fourth quarter to finally put this one away, but they advanced to the semifinals with a 33-point win.