Freshman Matt Webber Comes off Bench to Win Capital Beltway Championship for Clinton Christian
Some coaches say it’s not who starts the game, but who finishes. Clinton Christian freshman Matt Webber both started and finished in Saturday night’s Capital Beltway League championship game , but he didn’t play at all in between.
With 5:33 left in the game and Clinton Christian trailing by 5 CC head coach Chris Cole inserted Webber in the game for the first time since the first quarter. The deficit would grow to 8. With 2:56 Webber would connect on his first three bringing the deficit down to 1. After a Sylvester Ogbonda bucket for National Christian, Webber would hit another three from the exact same spot on the very next possession to tie it. After a few buckets and a few free throws were exchanged, Clinton found them selves down by one with 15 seconds left.
Kevin Dorsey received the inbounds pass and raced the ball up court but found himself double-teamed, so he through a cross court pass to Webber, who was camping out in his favorite corner. He gave a pump fake, his defender had closed too hard. He took one dribble in and with 6 seconds left he put up for a 13 foot jumper from the baseline and it dropped, giving the eagles a one-point lead.
National Christian would have two good looks at a winning shot in the final three seconds, but neither could drop and a star was born.
Kevin Dorsey and Melo Eggleston took on much of the scoring load before Webber’s heroics. Dorsey’s tenacity on defense really initiated the comeback. Kevin Dorsey finished with a game high 21 while Eggleston punched in 17.
National Christian was led by Sylvester Ogbonda with 14. Timothy Bing, Mohammed Kabir, and Ishmael Johnson added 13 each.