"It's All About The Game"

DMV vs. Philly Challenge Yields Tie This Time Around






Ron Bailey, Publisher

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Junior Game
DMV 87 Philly 81

The most highly anticipated Challenge contest, both teams, and their partisans, started the game at an emotional frenzy; immediately ‘talk’ was prevalent on and off the floor. Increasing the hype were pre-contest comments made by members of both teams, including DMV’s 6’2” guard Josh Selby’s (DeMatha) reported statement he was going to give Philly forty points, and the indignation they created in 6’3” ‘Illadelph guard Dion Waiters (Life Center).

Bryon Allen got 'his slam on' during warm ups.

Despite each having playing well – Waiters earned his team’s MVP honors – including spectacular offensive plays like full court dunks, 6’3” guard/forward Bryon Allen (Oak Hill) scored more steadily, particularly around the rim via stick backs and layups. Will Barton (Lake Clifton) and Roscoe Smith (Walbrook), 6’5” and 6’8” forwards respectively, also made plays on both sides of the floor for their DMV crew.

Nevertheless their teammate, 6’2” guard Markel Starks (Georgetown Prep) thrilled everyone by shooting and driving, on his way to game MVP honors. Philly enjoyed solid contributions from 6’6” forward Daniel Stewart (Neuman-Gorietti) and his high school teammate, 6’2” guard Tony Chenault.

DMV used their size advantage to go up nine with 3:36 in the first half, enjoying a steady stream of around-the-tin conversions. Helping to stem that and produce a 10-4 stanza ending run by Philly was an unheralded wide body, 6’3” forward Antoine Bland (Simon Gratz) – Bland excels at putting a body on people, thereby staking space in the lane.

Philly continued that momentum in the second half, securing a 43-41 lead after 6’0” point man Tyrone Garland’s (Bartram High) three ball. DMV’s Allen, Starks and Barton all answered multiple times, and after Selby’s exciting slam, the score stood 71-62.

Philly attempted one last run, but their overall lack of size, in addition to depth, sealed the game.

Senior Game
DMV 79 Philly 73

Definitely lacking the junior game’s fireworks, the senior contest nevertheless provided an opportunity to see players destined to make an impact on college basketball do work. Both game MVP Raphaiel Putney (Woodbridge), a 6’8” swingman, and Philly MVP 6’2” point guard Maalik Wayns epitomized it: Putney sliced through the defense and was very active and Wayns, in addition to showing once again he’s as tough as they come, drove, shot and passed.

Raphaiel Putney, aka 'Skinny Man' is an athletic swingman who took game MVP honors.

They weren’t alone, as DMV forwards Dante Taylor (Nat. Christian) and Chris Braswell (Hargrave) did what they are known to do – pound the rims and do damage from both the foul line/paint, respectively. Both stand around 6’8”.

Philly got athletic play from Rhalir Jefferson, a 6’6” swingman, along with good all-around backcourt action from 6’0” guard Denzel Yard.

Player Commitments:

Will Adams - Towson
Chris Braswell – Charlotte
Tony Chenault – Wake Forest
Jake Cohen – Davidson
Maurice Creek – Indiana
Nick Groce – UMBC
Najii Hibbert – Texas A&M
Rhalir Jefferson – Temple
Raphaeil Putney - UMass
Josh Selby – Tennessee
Tristan Spurlock – UVA
Markel Starks – G’Town
Dante Taylor – Pitt
Denzel Yard – Siena
Dion Waiters – Syracuse
Maalik Wayns – Villanova
Rashad Whack – George Mason
Talib Zanna – Pitt

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