"It's All About The Game"
Coolidge defies expectations in Montrose win
Ron Bailey, Publisher
Jones flips the script on Montrose.
Janauary 27, 2011 - Going into Thursday night’s battle with nationally regarded Montrose Christian (MD), it was widely presumed Coolidge (DC) would attempt to press the Mustangs into submission. That assumption is logical, given the Colt’s penchant for up and down, full court play, and Montrose’s thin, backcourt. Also expected by some was an eventual Montrose victory, given it's previous success and presumption that public schools can't compete with them, particularly District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association institutions.
Coolidge head coach Vaughn Jones had other plans; though he did mix some 1-2-2 and 2-2-1 press in during second half action, along with picking up guards full court, the Colts primarily seemed to focus their zone defenses, including 3-2, 2-3, and even a possession of 1-3-1. The final result was a 51-49, Coolidge win.
“I think so…it was a good win for us” said Jones afterward, if this was his biggest win as Coolidge’s coach. “I thought the kids were focused all week, we didn’t look past any other team”.
Added motivation for Coolidge was the fact “Montrose beat us bad last year, and kids don’t forget that. Additionally he relayed "These kids are very tough, I feel like we are very underrated”.
Coolidge players, cheerleaders and partisans enjoyed the win afterward.
Junior guard Deshawn Mormon led all scorers with 28 points, adding four rebounds and five assists, generally outplaying highly regarded junior swingman Ishmail Wainright, who provided Montrose eight points. Wainright guarded Mormon for most of the night.
“He was huge. He made some big shots late in the game, but earlier he carried us” said Jones of his player. Mormon repeatedly made key buckets, including a three pointer with around 50 seconds left.
But it was senior guard Khalen Cumberlander who sealed the deal with
three seconds left and the score tied, hitting a pair of clutch free throws.
Tied at 49 with 11 seconds remaining, Montrose fouled Coolidge in an
attempt to deny them a good look and take time off the clock (the Mustangs
had a foul to give), and the Colts retained possession on an out of bounds
loose ball situation. Cumberlander was then fouled, where he sealed the
game, since Anderson’s at-the-buzzer three pointer rimmed off.
Deshawn Mormon attacking Ismail Wainright in first half action.
“Beating a Montrose Christian is definitely a feather
in our cap” summed Jones, before crystallizing his thinking as “our
goal is to win the DCIAA”.
Deshawn Mormon – 6’3”, 170 lb, junior swingman,
Coolidge HS – Umass and VCU have offered, while Towson and others
are very interested, while Seton Hall has also shown love. Long-armed
and athetic, Mormon plays taller than his height, punishing the rims with
the best of them. Possesses a surprising jumper, sometimes delivered stop
and pop-style. Lefty.
Jade' Dade - 6'4", 190 lb, junior wing player, Coolidge HS - Athletic and tough, Dade is an explosive finisher that will defend also. Must work on ball patting and the consistiency of his outshot shot.
Has no offers yet, though Quinnipiac, Central Conneticut State and UMBC are monitoring him. Will likely hit the circuit with Virginia Assault this spring/summer.
Coaches/schools in attendance: Towson (head coach Pat Skerry and assistant Ken Johnson), UMass (assistant Antwon Jackson), GW (head coach Mike Lonergan, assistants Hajj Turner and and Kevin Sutton), Morgan State (head coach Todd Bozeman), Kansas State (assistant), and others.
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