In A Battle of Titans Paul VI Defends Home Court Versus Gonzaga

Tuesday night marked the first time the #1 ranked team faced the #2 ranked team in the DC Metro area since DeMatha and Ballou squared off in the 2010 Abe Pollin DC City Title Game.  This game wasn’t played at the Verizon Center but it had as much electricity and fire as any game that’s being played there these days.

The match-up of standout Juniors Kris Jenkins (Gonzaga) and Stanford Robinson (Paul VI) brought Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and Villanova coach Jay Wright down to Fairfax to joint the sold-out overflow crowd.  But it was Paul VI’s Jamall Robinson who stole the show.  Robinson, a junior led the Panthers with 17 point, 3 3-pointers, and a few monster blocked shots.  He was also matched up defensively on Gonzaga forward, and Capitol Hoops’ January Player Of The Month Kris Jenkins for much of the game.

Although Jenkins did have a game high 18 points it was a relatively quiet game for Jenkins.  He didn’t get as many touches as he usually does.  When he did touch the ball he was dangerous.  He drew 4 shooting fouls in the game, constantly drew double teams and found the open man, and remained the most dangerous shooter on the court.  But he was missing two fellow starters, and many role players were forced to play extended minutes.

The loss marks the second consecutive for Gonzaga, after winning their first 19 on the season.  Gonzaga is still undefeated when their full line-up plays, but that doesn’t mean much.  With the loss they drop two games behind Paul VI in the WCAC standings and one game behind DeMatha.  Hopefully the Eagles can get healthy soon, so they can show the WCAC who they are when at full strength.  Paul VI remains undefeated in the WCAC and on the local circuit.  Both of their two losses came against nationally ranked teams in national tournaments.  The two teams square off again in less then two weeks, on February 12th at Gonzaga.  Circle your calendars, that should be a great one.

There were some MAJOR UPSETS in Baltimore City on Tuesday night.  Patterson’s Aquille Carr scored a season high 47 points to go along with seven assists, five rebounds, and four steals but Patterson was upset in double overtime by Poly. Patterson had a bit of the hangover effect after an emotional victory over rival St. Frances this weekend.  Baltimore’s #1 team, the Dunbar Poets were upset on Tuesday as well, suffering a 68-61 loss to Edmondson.