Paul VI wins 2014 WCAC Championship over DeMatha 56-37

Paul VI Junior wing Josh Reaves was the MVP in this one as the explosive lefty went for a game high 19 points.

Paul VI used their transition game to run away with it in the second half, outscoring the Stags 17-8 in the fourth quarter.  DeMatha committed a lot of turnovers, and their jumpers were not falling.  The Stags made one three in the game. They had hit at least four three-pointers in seven consecutive games entering Monday night’s championship game.  But errant jumpers were turning into Paul VI transition points and the game got away from DeMatha quickly, late in the second half.  DeMatha coach Mike Jones used his deep bench, as he has been doing all year, but just couldn’t find the right combination to consistently score on offense, and hold PVI defensively.

As for the Panthers, it was a championship sweep for the Fairfax school as their girls won the WCAC championship over St. John’s just before the boys game.  That game was a bit closer as St. John’s had two 3-point attempts in the waning seconds to tie but neither hit the mark.  That triggered the first court storming of the Paul VI student body.  150 minutes later, they got to do it all over again.

Paul VI showcased their sheer athleticism on Monday as Joshua Reaves, Evan Taylor, and Kevin Dorsey continually got into passing lanes, and ran the ball up the court whenever the opportunity was there.  PVI was able to register a 19 point win despite arguably their best player, Marcus Derrickson being saddled with foul trouble, and playing a relatively quiet game.  For Paul VI, it should just get better from here.  They graduate only one senior, Evan Taylor, and should get back one of the best prospects in the region next year in 6’5″ shooting guard Franklin Howard who has offers from Syracuse, Florida, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Uconn, Ohio St., Villanova, Virginia, Maryland, and Villanova……… just to name a few.  They will almost certainly be ranked #1 pre-season in the area, and somewhere in the top 20 nationally, unless something unforeseen happens.

But before anyone starts thinking about that …. Less then 24 hours after their WCAC championship, its back on the hardwood for the Panthers as they host a Virginia State quarter final game tomorrow night.  Basketball never stops…..