"It's All About The Game"
2012 College and High School Report
Robert Stephens, II, Feature Writer
Hoops action in the DMV is hot and heavy to begin 2012.
Happy New Years to all the readers and may this years basketball season is as thrilling as the football season was.
The Georgetown Hoyas, after their big win over Louisville and their victory over Providence jumped, into the ninth spot in the recent colligate basketball rankings.
In the Hoyas win over Louisville at the Yum Center, Markel Starks led Georgetown with 20 points shooting 7-8 from the floor. Otto Porter had a double-double scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Hollis Thompson contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds as the Hoyas defeated the number 4th ranked team in the nation. Jabril Trawick played a key role coming off the bench scoring points.
The Hoyas returned home to face a pesky Providence team coming away with a hard fought 49-40 win over the Friars. Jason Clark led the Hoyas with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Otto Porter controlled the backboards for the home team grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 6 points in 33 minutes of playing time.
The Hoyas are now 12-1 on the season with their only loss to KansasGeorgetownthis season has been one of the surprise teams according to the basketball experts.
Hoya head coach John Thompson 3rd had praise for his freshman Otto Porter after their win over Providence. “ Otto made the plays that you have to make to win games and it was glaring tonite.” Its easy to focus on who made what shot or who made what pass, but all the little things that come with winning, he has been good at those things.”
Markel Starks got it done vs. Louisville (G'Town)
The Maryland Terrapins start the New Years with a record of 9-3 in their quest for a ACC Championship and a NCAA bid.
Terrell Stoglin leads the Terrapins in scoring averaging 21.8 points. The Terrapins welcomed 7’ center Alex Lim into the lineup and the big man is averaging 14 points per game. Sean Mosley is averaging 9.5 points per game while averaging 5.2 rebounds per contest. James Padgett leads Maryland in rebounds averaging 6 boards a game while averaging 9.2 points per game.
The Howard University Bison at 4-11 are set to enter MEAC Conference play. Glenn Andrews a transfer from Tulsa leads the team in scoring averaging 14 points and 3 rebounds per game. Andrews poured in 28 points in the Bison recent win over Delaware. Calvin Thompson averages 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Bison. Freshman point guard Simuel Frazier is averaging 8.2 points per contest while dishing out 3.3 assists.
American University enter’s the New Year with a record of 8-6 in their search of Patriot League supremacy. The Eagles are led by Charles Hinkle who averages 20.3 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game. Troy Brewer is averaging 14.2 points per contest as the Eagles hope to Continue their success in league play.
In high hoops DeMatha Catholic record stands at 9-0 after their successful trip to San Diego capturing the Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines. The Stags defeated Windward school of Los Angeles 74-64 with 6’8 Jerami Grant being named the tournament MVP. 6’9 junior Bee Jay Amaya was named to the all tournament team along with Grant. The Stags will be one of the favorites to capture the competitive WCAC crown. James Robinson and Marcellous Bell both seniors at veteran leadership.
Gonzaga captured the School Bracket championship at the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic at North Charleston, South Carolina defeating South Effingham County (Ga.) 51-31 to improve to 9-0 on the season. 6’5 Kris Jenkins was voted the tournaments MVP. Nate Britt was named the tournaments most outstanding player.
Montrose Christian improved to 9-1 winning the Iolani Classic beating Orlando Christian 47-36. Justin Anderson as named the tournaments MVP.
Paul VI enters the New Years with a record of 10-1. The Panthers dropped a 76-55 decision to Oak Hill Academy in the championship game of the Chick-fill A classic held in Columbia, South Carolina. Stan Robinson led the Panthers with 16 points in a losing cause.
Bullis School improved to 11-1 capturing the Rotary bracket in the Roundball Classic. Bullis defeated John Carroll (Md.) 70-63 as Joe Hazel was named MVP of the Rotary bracket. Nigel Pritt was named most outstanding player. Bullis will be tough in the IAC conference in 2012.
Bishop O Connell with a record of 9-3 will be a tough out in the WCAC. Six foot two inch sophomore Romelo Trimble leads the team averaging 19.3 points per contest. 6’7 Rashard Kelly (11.6) points per game and 6’8 Cameron Gregory (11.3) control the backboards. Will Ferguson controls the points.
Wilson (10-4) has been a surprise in the DCIAA. The Tigers captured the Pohanka Classic defeating Green Run 56-46. 5’11 Dimitri Gaither leads the team averaging 17.7 per contest. 6’3 Cedrick McFadden averages 10.6 points per game for the Tigers.
Coolidge (9-4) is considered as one of the top teams in the West. The Colts are led by 6’3 Khalen Cumberlander averaging 18.5 points per contest. Six four inch De Shawn Morman (13.9) and 6’3 Jade Dade (12.2) are the top scorers for Colt head coach Vaughn Jones. 6’8 Maurice Jeffers is the man in the middle.
Spingarn who was featured by editor Ron Bailey enters the New Year with a record of 8-4. The Green Wave is led by Jerome West who averages 21.3 points per contest. The Green Wave defeated Coolidge earlier this season 75-66.
In Prince Georgia’s County Bowie (6-2), E Roosevelt (6-2), DuVal (6-2), CH Flowers (4-3), Friendly (7-2), and Largo (7-2) will be tough opponents.
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