It's been a crazy, crazy last two weeks in HS bball in the DMV. Capitol Hoops has been in attendance and brought you coverage of Kris Jenkins' buzzer beater 3 versus Patterson, DeMatha's incredible comeback versus Gonzaga that came up just short as Gonzaga remained undefeated, Coolidge's improbable upset over Monntrose just last night, and Springbrook's buzzer beater last week versus Blake. Patrick Holloway, the sharp shooting senior for Paul VI added his name to the list as he nailed a desperation 3-ball at the buzzer that sent the Fairfax gym into pandemonium.
Paul VI, who entered tonight's game undefeated on the local circuit had suffered two losses on the national scene. They hadn't been tested yet in the young WCAC season but that was going to change on Friday night as a hungry DeMatha team came in, still fuming because of their loss to Gonzaga last weekend. Paul VI hadn't defeated DeMatha in four years to the day. That all changed on Friday evening in Fairfax when George Mason commit Patrick Holloway was the recipient of a Tilman Dunbar pass with one second remaining and released the ball with just two tenths of a second on the clock. The shot was good and mayhem broke out. Hundreds of students and fans rushed the court to find Holloway who was lifted up in the air as the Paul VI family sang praises of their superstar.
The entire game was played within a six point span and superstars from both teams emerged throughout the game. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt were both on hand to see one of the great game's of the year. Paul VI's Stanford Robinson scored 19 points and was showing off his whole offensive repertoire. He connected on 2 three pointers, had two big time dunks, and had a couple and 1's. It was clicking in all areas for the junior. Holloway, the game's hero finished with a game high 20.
DeMatha had a very balanced attack. Syracuse commit Jerami Grant played perhaps his best game of the season as he led DeMatha with 17 points. Marcellous Bell scored 13 points off the bench and James Robinson and BeeJay Anya each scored 11. DeMatha starting point guard Jairus Lyles got a DNP-CD as he was dressed for the game and participated in warm-ups. When asked why he didn't play a DeMatha assistant coach responded "He hasn't been feeling well lately."
Paul VI has a major opportunity to steak their claim as the top team in the WCAC when they square off with an undefeated Gonzaga team on Tuesday in Fairfax. The winner of this game will sit alone on top of the standings in the WCAC and will have an inside track at earning the coveted #1 seed in the WCAC tournament. DeMatha travels to St. Mary's Ryken Tuesday and doesn't get another crack to one of the big boys until February 10th when they host Gonzaga. The rematch between DeMatha and Paul VI is the last game of the season for both teams, February 19th at DeMatha at 4:30. That game could dictate the winner of the WCAC's regular season. Gonzaga will have something to say about that though.
News and Notes around the DMV:
A week after committing to George Washington, Landon's Joe McDonald squared off against his current AAU teammate, and future GW teammate, Kethan Savage and Episcopal, and had a night for the ages. The 6'2'' point guard scored 49 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Landon the huge upset win over Episcopal in over-time.
Two of the best public school point guards in the state of Maryland faced off in Baltimore on Friday night as Aquille Carr of Patterson and Derrick Colter of Largo went head to head at a tournament at Lake Clifton High School. The game was tied at 26 after the first quarter and tied at 44 after the half. In the third quarter the PG county team made a run and led by a score of 61-54 heading into the final quarter. Aquille Carr and his Patterson Clippers used a 27-8 fourth quarter to come back and win by double figures. Carr finished with a game high 22 while Colter led Largo with 19. On Saturday night the most anticipated game of the year will be played in Baltimore between Patterson and St. Frances. AAU teammates (and perhaps the two best players in Baltimore City) Aquille Carr and DaQuan Cook will square off. Capitol Hoops will be in attendance and will bring you full coverage.